Page updated as of 4/10/2020, scouting report written by Alan Lu.
2018 rankings were finalized on 6/21/2018.
College: Ohio State
Classification: Redshirt Junior
2018 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 32
Projected Draft Range: Late 1st to 2nd Round
2018 NBA Draft: Round 2, Pick 48 by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Fairly good low post scorer
Adequate shooter from all over the floor
Excels at scoring on the move
Very good free throw shooter
Fairly good defensive player
Good shot blocker
Great size to play out on the wing
Has long arms
Can struggle to score in traffic
Lacks an elite first step off the dribble
Can be too scoring focused on offense
Not an elite ball handler
Can struggle to guard quicker players
May not be outstanding at any one particular skill
Can be inconsistent in games
Keita Bates-Diop is an athletic swingman that projects to be a 3 and D type of player in the NBA. He will need to be a more consistent player on the floor, but he does have plenty of skills to offer to teams.
He is a good shooter that can knock down plenty of shots off the catch, and he also excels at attacking the basket to garner scores. Bates-Diop lacks an elite first step, but he is quick, and has the body control to finish numerous to garner scores off the dribble as well as off of motion plays. Plus, he also can post up opponents to score on the block.
Bates-Diop also rebounds and blocks shots well for a player his size, and he can be a solid defensive player when he is dialed in. However, he can tend to have lapses, which can prevent him from obtaining extra boards or getting more stops at times.
Right now, Bates-Diop may be a jack of all trades type of player, but he may not be elite at any one skill. With his skill set, he could end up being an effective role player in the NBA.
1/7/18 Ohio State vs. Michigan State
If you use any portion of this material, please credit NBA Scouting Live.