Keita Bates-Diop led the Illinois Wolves to a perfect 6-0 record in the 16 U bracket of the Nike Spring Showdown over the weekend. The 2014 prospect showed off his length and athleticism at both ends of the floor and drew attention from John Beilein on Friday night as well as Michigan assistant coach Lavall Jordan throughout the remainder of the weekend. Bates-Diop has already visited Michigan three times and is a good bet to earn a Wolverine offer on June 15th. Here’s Sunday footage of Bates-Diop in action followed by an interview discussing his recruitment after the jump
Can you talk about your overall thoughts on your performance in your games today?
“I thought I did really well today on defense and offense.”
Can you describe your game? What do you think are your biggest strengths and biggest weaknesses?
“I’m versatile. I can shoot, I can go inside, and I can pass the ball.”
What schools are recruiting you right now?
“Michigan, Illinois. I’ve got offers Purdue, Northwestern, DePaul and Wisconsin, and a lot of other schools.”
Are you leaning toward any schools right now?
“No, not right now.”
How tall are you right now, how much do you weigh and are you still trying to gain weight.
“6-foot-7, 193. Yeah, pretty much.”
What coaches have you been talking to from Michigan?
“LaVall Jordan is my lead recruiter, but I’ve talked to all the coaches periodically.”
Have you visited Ann Arbor?
“Yeah, I’ve been there three times, for the [College Practice] camp, a football game and a basketball game.”
What do you think of Michigan’s basketball program?
“I love the system and program. They’re really good people up there, so it’s really nice.”
What’s the No. 1 thing you’re working on during the AAU season?
“Getting stronger so I can finish with contact, and low-post moves.”
Can you talk about your basketball plans for the spring and summer? Are you planning on visiting any camps, like Michigan’s Elite Camp?
“I’m probably going to the Michigan camp, a couple other camps, but I don’t really know right now.”
What has the recruiting process been like for you, and how much fun it is playing in front of several college coaches?
“Yeah, it’s pretty fun. The first game I was a little nervous, but after that you get to realize it’s really special being here, with these coaches watching.”