Keita Bates-Diop

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: SF PFFROM: Ohio StateHT: 6-7WT: 235
BORN: 1/23/96YEAR: NAWING: 7-1REACH: NA

Draft Notes

Bates-Diop was a high level recruit who took a few years to find his rhythm but put in a great (red-shirt) Junior year at Ohio State, showing an all around game that projects well to the next level. He’s a team first player who does all the dirty work and doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective.

Strengths

  • Versatility on both ends of the floor
  • Can guard 3 positions
  • Has excellent length, allowing him to guard in the post and defend at the rim, despite not having ideal PF size – an good shot blocker, especially for a 6-7 player
  • Well built with good strength 
  • Shows great anticipation on defense, reading passing lanes, gaining position
  • Has developed his three point shot and projects as a guy who can hit the corner three at the next level.
  • Operates within the flow of the offense, doesn’t force the issue, does a good job of setting screens and creating space for his teammates

Weaknesses

  • Lacks ideal height to play in the post at the next level.
  • Is a good but not great shooter (from FT and from 3).

Comparisons

  • James Posey

Draft Projection

late first to mid second round pick