On Monday, the Big Ten Conference unveiled their 2017-2018 all-conference selections as voted on by the coaches and the media. As a result of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ remarkable turnaround season, OSU is expected to pick up some conference post season honors today.
First, forward Keita Bates-Diop was unanimously selected to his second All-Big Ten team, following his honorable mention honor during his sophomore campaign of 2015-2016. This time he was named to the Big Ten’s first team.
Coming off of an injury-plagued season in which he only played in nine games, Bates-Diop responded by finishing second in the B1G in terms of points per game with 19.2, and tied for second in the conference in total rebounds with 8.9. The red-shirt junior actually led the conference in defensive rebounds (7.5/game), but Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy edged him out via offensive boards, since Bates-Diop is not predominantly an inside player on offense.
Joining Bates-Diop on the all-conference teams is senior forward Jae’Sean Tate. After being named to the 2015 Big Ten All-Freshman team, Tate was an honorable mention by both the coaches and media in 2016 and 2017.
However, this year, he was named to the All-Conference second team as voted by the coaches. Tate finished tied for 25th in the conference in scoring (12.5), 17th in rebounding (6.2), and was in the top-10 in field goal percentage (9th) and defensive rebounds (tied-8th).
Rounding out the Buckeye All-Big Ten honors is freshman Kaleb Wesson. In his first season of collegiate action, Wesson finished the Big Ten season ranked tied for fifth in offensive rebounds per game (2.4) and seventh in field goal percentage (57.5%).
The former Ohio Mr. Basketball was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week twice (12/4 and 1/22), and was selected to the All-Big Ten Freshman team.
Ohio State’s 2017-2018 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree is Andrew Dakich.
As part of their “BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show,” the Big Ten Network will announce individual awards— including Coach and Player of the Year— and more of the all-conference teams shortly, and we will have those results as soon as they are made official.