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Keita Bates-Diop signs with Ohio State

Thad Matta started the day off on a good note when Keita Bates-Diop officially became a Buckeye, one of many that will make up a huge 2014 class.


Though Payton Dastrup's flip to BYU stings a bit, following in the foot steps of Jae'Sean Tate's making his pledge to Ohio State official, Illinois native, Keita Bates-Diop did the same, signing his national letter of intent. A four-star small forward, Bates-Diop gave his verbal commitment to Thad Matta just about a year ago on November 18th of 2012. Coach Matta and company were able to grab the University High School standout from DePaul, Illinois, Kansas State, Marquette and Michigan. With the i's dotted and the t's crossed, Bates-Diop will officially be a Buckeye starting next season and is part of a monster 2014 class for Ohio State.

KBD is a strong scorer with enough size to be effective on the glass. His athleticism is hardly matched on the hardwood and couple that in with his size, he turns into one of the best basketball players in his class. Though there will be a transition period at the next level, Keita Bates-Diop looks the part to be one of the next greats ones to don the scarlet and gray.

If you haven't seen any game action, check him out in full beast mode earlier this year.