Observing Keita Bates-Diop, Isaac Haas, and Vince Edwards

February 7, 2018

by Alan Lu

I decided to sit down and watch a Big Ten basketball game that was played between Ohio State and Purdue, as this featured several prospects that could end up being selected in the 2018 NBA Draft.  It was a highly competitive match in which Purdue held the lead for most of the way, but Ohio State kept chipping away, and they were eventually able to pull out on a one-point victory on the road as a result of a tip in that was scored by Keita Bates-Diop with three seconds left.  Here are my thoughts on how he and other various prospects fared on this day.

Ohio State’s 6-7 redshirt junior forward, Keita Bates-Diop had a fairly good showing in his team’s close win over Purdue.  He had a slow start to the game as he initially struggled on offense, but he started to play better as the game wore on, and he was able to get numerous scores in the post, off of mid-range shots, as well as off of hustle plays.  He also made the game-winning basket, as his ability to make clutch plays down the stretch helped get his team the win.

Bates-Diop showed a fairly good ability to get scores in the post.  He is an agile player that possesses good footwork and shooting touch around the basket, and he was able to score on a quick turnaround jumper, as well as off of a drop step move.  He also managed to score on a nifty, backwards flip shot off the glass, as he showed great body control to get the bucket that time.  Also, he did a great job of scoring on hustle plays.  Bates-Diop scored twice on tip-ins off of offensive boards, including one late in the game that ended up being the game winner, and he also ran the floor to throw down an emphatic dunk as a trailer in transition.

He also did a decent job of knocking down jumpers to space the floor for his team.  Bates-Diop showed a good ability to score on mid-range jumpers, as he can make them off the catch or dribble, but he also missed the lone three-point shot that he hoisted up in this game.  He also looked to score on aggressive drives to the basket, but he had trouble getting buckets consistently in traffic.  Plus, Bates-Diop showed a decent ability to pass the basketball, as he would throw accurate passes from the post, and he also hit a cutter from the elbow to notch an assist another time.  Even better, he did not turn the ball over in this game against Purdue.

 

In addition, Bates-Diop did a very good job of rebounding the basketball, as he was quite active at crashing the glass to haul in boards on both ends of the floor.  He also showed off adequate defensive skills.  Bates-Diop would hound his opponent to prevent him from dribbling around or getting many good shots up, and he would contest jumpers as well as a shot on a drive to force misses.  In addition, he would get his hands on balls to almost collect steals for his team.

On the other hand, sometimes he would tend to give his man too much space to shoot, which would cause him to commit fouls and allow scores.  He also would commit fouls on drives, as he would occasionally struggle to stay in front of his man.  In general, Keita-Bates Diop played fairly well to help lead his team to a narrow victory over Purdue.  He was able to make numerous plays to get his team the win, especially down the stretch.  With his skill set, he could end up being a good pick for an NBA team in the second round range of the upcoming draft.

Purdue’s 7-2 senior center, Isaac Haas had a good showing in his team’s loss, as he played really well in the first half.  However, he was not able to play nearly as well in the second half, as Ohio State went to a smaller lineup to try to combat him, and he also ended up running into some foul trouble later in the game.  Still, he was very effective as a low post scorer and finisher around the basket.

Haas did a very good job of scoring in the low post.  He has great size and strength to back down his man as he can also shoot over the top of his defenders, and he has good shooting touch to often score on jump hooks and step-through moves.   He also possesses adequate agility, as he has the footwork to score quite often down low.  Plus, he would draw many fouls upon the opposition.  However, sometimes he would miss shots in the post, as he would not always show great shooting touch at times.

Also, he showed off decent playmaking skills when he was on the court.   Haas would throw passes out of the post, and he also would set off-ball screens to set up scores for shooters.  He also did not turn the ball over often, but he did so once, as he had the ball ripped away from him when posting up to lose the basketball.  However, he did not grab many rebounds in this game.  Sometimes, he would forget to block out, and he also committed a reach-in foul when trying to get a ball back that he lost once.  Another time, he committed an over the back foul when going for a defensive board, as he can tend to be out of position when going for rebounds.

He also showed off just average at best defensive skills.  For the positives, Haas did manage to block a shot of of a drive, and he would contest shots in the post to force misses, as he possesses great size and strength, and he does not give up much ground when defending down low.  Also, he managed to contest drive on a fast break to force a miss.  However, he would tend to be late to rotate or to contest shots, as that would lead him to commit fouls or allow scores.  He also over-helped on a drive, as he allowed his man to score on a dunk off of a cut.  In this game, Haas had trouble guarding three-point shooters as well as opponents off of cuts.

In summary, Isaac Haas had a good game, as he was quite effective as a low post scorer in his team’s loss to Ohio State.  He is fairly mobile for a player his size, and he was a reliable scoring option for Purdue on this day.  Haas may have a game that may be similar to former NBA veteran center Aaron Gray, as he could end up being a potential second round pick in 2018.

Purdue’s 6-8 senior forward, Vince Edwards had trouble scoring consistently, especially in the first half, but he was able to make good passes, and he also managed to make some shots and collect plenty of rebounds when he was on the floor.  Edwards showed a fairly good ability to knock down jumpers to space the floor for his team.  He was able to make a couple of spot-up threes, as he managed to make one off of a curl.  However, he tended to miss pull-up, mid-range jump shots.

He generally had trouble getting scores off the dribble, but Edwards did manage to score on a baseline drive while getting an extra free throw once.   He also posted up on one play, but he missed on a step-through move after using a pivot to get to the hoop.  Also, he displayed adequate playmaking skills.  Edwards can throw solid entry passes, and he also kicked it out to a shooter off the dribble to get an assist.  Plus, he would set screens on offense to help free up shooters for scoring opportunities.  But he occasionally would commit turnovers, and on one play, he committed a charging foul on a drive after initially getting past his man in his attempt to get all the way to the hoop.

Edwards also did a good job of rebounding the basketball, as he would haul in plenty of defensive boards in this game, but sometimes, he would end up allowing put back scores, as he would forget to block out his man on occasion, and he also lost a ball to an opponent when he was trying to get a defensive board once.  He also displayed decent defensive skills.  Edwards managed to contest shots on drives to the hoop to force misses, and he also successfully challenged a shot in the post to force another miss.  But he was late to contest a shot when defending a cut to allow a score, and he also ended up committing a foul when defending the post after getting beat on a pivot move.

In summary, Vince Edwards did not have a great game, but he was able to grab plenty of rebounds, and score some points in the second half against Ohio State.  He had trouble making shots consistently, and he had trouble getting all the way to the hoop when he would look to score off the dribble, but he also excelled at making threes when he would look to take shots from beyond the arc.  Right now, he may be a borderline second round candidate.  While he may lack the ideal athletic gifts, he could project into being a 3 and D type of player at the next level, as that could potentially enable him to carve out a career as a role player in the NBA.

Ohio State’s 6-4 senior guard, Jae’Sean Tate had a decent showing in his team’s narrow win over Purdue.  He did a good job of scoring in the post as well as off of hustle plays, and he also showed off good playmaking and defensive skills when he was on the court.  However, he struggled to score on drives to the hoop consistently, and he also missed his lone three-point shot that he hoisted up against Purdue.  Tate also had a tendency to commit fouls due to carelessness. 

Right now, Jae’Sean Tate is a skilled combo guard that is a solid role player for Ohio State, but it may be doubtful if his game can effectively translate to the NBA.  He is a power guard that is a good low post scorer, especially for a player his size, but he does not shoot the ball very well from outside the paint area, and he is neither an elite athlete nor much of a floor spacer from beyond the arc.  But as Tate is having a good senior season on one of the best teams in the country, he could end up being on an NBA summer league roster either this year or sometime down the road.

Purdue’s 6-4 senior guard, Dakota Mathias did not take many shots when he was on the floor, but he did a good job of knocking down three-pointers from beyond the arc.  He was able to make a quick three off the catch, and he also made a three in transition.  However, he tended to be quite turnover prone on offense.  Though he played unselfishly, he would tend to be inaccurate with his passes, as a couple of them sailed out of bounds, and another pass ended up getting intercepted.  He also managed to get a ball poked away when handling it under heavy ball pressure, and Mathias also may have dropped a pass that was thrown to him once by a teammate once.

Mathias showed off fairly good defensive skills.  He did a good job of collecting steals, as he would apply heavy ball pressure, and he would poke balls away to get steals.  He also would contest shots in the post to force misses, and he generally did a good job of defending opponents off the dribble.  However, sometimes his lack of size would make it tough for him to defend taller players on jump shots as well as shots in the paint, and he also would be foul prone at times due to being out of position.

Right now, Dakota Mathias is a skilled combo guard that can shoot the basketball, but he will need to improve his passing skills, and his lack of size at the two or ability to run the point could limit his potential to succeed in the NBA.  But as he can knock down threes from beyond the arc, he could end up on a summer league roster sometime down the road.

Other Notes:

Purdue’s 6-1 sophomore guard, Carsen Edwards played well in his team’s loss to Ohio State. He excelled as a shooter and scorer when he was on the floor, and he also played tough defense. He made threes off the catch, dribble, as well as when he would run off of screens, and he also managed to draw three free throws after attempting an outside shot off of a curl. He excelled at getting numerous scores off the dribble.

While Edwards did not look to pass too often, he did manage to pick up several assists. Also, he would play passing lanes to get steals and deflections, and he also managed to break up a lob pass to force a turnover. Edwards is a skilled combo guard that can excel at making plays on both ends of the floor, and he could perhaps end up being a second round candidate in the future, as he could be a similar player to current Phoenix Suns’ point guard, Isaiah Canaan.

Ohio State’s 6-5 freshman guard, Musa Jallow did a very good job of knocking down open, spot-up threes to effectively space the floor for his team, and he also managed to draw free throws on a fast break drive another time.   He also managed to get his hands on a dropped pass to get a steal.  In general, Jallow is an athletic swingman that could project to be a 3 and D type of player in the NBA one day, especially if he can show that he can make shots consistently, and he could be a prospect to keep an eye on in the future.

Ohio State’s 6-6 sophomore swingman, Andre Wesson excelled at knocking down threes, and he also showed the ability to get scores off the dribble.  Wesson could end up having a solid collegiate basketball career for Ohio State, especially if he can show that he can consistently shoot and score the basketball effectively on a continuing basis.

error: Content is protected !!