Keita Bates-Diop Wins Big Ten Player Of The Year

Keita Bates-Diop Wins Big Ten Player Of The Year

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Keita Bates-Diop Wins Big Ten Player Of The Year


 Finally healthy for a full season, Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop was named the Big Ten Player of the Year by both the media and coaches.


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Keita Bates-Diop Wins Big Ten Player Of The Year

The individual awards keep coming for the Ohio State basketball team.

Keita Bates-Diop was named the Big Ten Player of the Year by both the coaches and the media Monday, and was also a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection by both.

For the junior out of Normal, Illinois, it’s the culmination of a long journey that saw him plagued with injury issues — the last of which kept him out for the majority of last year.

Finally healthy in 2017-18, Bates-Diop finished second in the league in scoring (19.2 points per game),  second in rebounding (8.9 rebounds per game), and amazingly sixth in blocks (1.9 per game).

He is the first Buckeye to win the Big Ten Player of the Year since Evan Turner in 2010, and the sixth total for the program, joining Turner, Sconnie Penn, Terrance Dials, Jimmy Jackson and Dennis Hopson.

In addition to Diop, Ohio State also had Jae’Sean Tate named to the Big Ten’s second team by the coaches, and Kaleb Wesson to the all-freshman team as voted on by the coaches.

But that’s not all. Chris Holtmann walked away as the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the media and coaches as well.

It had to be a bit of a banner day for a program that failed to land a player on the first, second or third team since 2015 when D’Angelo Russell was named first-team All-Big Ten.

 

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