Video: Keita Bates-Diop Sophomore Highlights

Dylan Burkhardt

Combo forward Keita Bates-Diop was one of two 2014 prospects to receive a Michigan offer on Friday. Here’s footage of Bates-Diop in action throughout last high school season

  • robo

    Ha, this is the most random highlights video ever.

  • jblair52

    Anyone know (for sure) what position the staff wants him to play? He’s long enough for the 4 and would be an offensive mismatch but I don’t know if he’s strong enough to battle some of the Big 10 PF’s. He’d be a good 4 if we’re playing 1-3-1 or against a smaller lineup. Sure has a nice stroke and great things seen as a SOPHOMORE!

    • Steve2081

      He’s a 4 in our system without a doubt.

      He has 2 and a half years to get stronger and maybe even a little taller. Donnal has put on 25lbs in less than half that time.

      • jblair52

        It doesn’t always work out well though…just ask Smotrycz

        • Steve2081

          Different kinds of athletes. Snot was just too slow. He could pump fake a defender out of his shoes and still not beat the guy to the hole.

          • SamGoBlue

            I don’t see why everyone has to knock Smotrycz now. Just cause he left doesn’t mean he wasn’t a good player. I think he could have been an All-Big Ten type player the next couple years had he stayed around. KBD and Smotrycz are not all that different types of players right now, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing by any means.

          • Steve2081

            I did not mean to call Evan Snot BTW. I thought I edited that. I have no ill will towards him and wish him well at Maryland

          • jblair52

            Again – I’m sure the offensive side will be fine. I’m more concerned about the defensive side – being strong enough to handle guys in the post and rebound in the Big 10

          • Guest

            He’s going to be a JR in HS, plenty of time to bulk up and get stronger.

          • jblair52

            Sure – plenty of time if it can happen. I’m just concerned because he has a long, thin frame. It’s not like you could have added 25 lbs to Manny Harris just because. The body has to take it.

  • Wayman Britt

    I like his game for a 10th grader. Sign him up.

  • GregGoBlue

    Some insiders like to think our chances with Bates-Diop look pretty good, and don’t think it’s too outlandish that we don’t land both KBD and Devin Booker. Personally, I think once Bates-Diop takes a closer look at West Lafayette he’ll come around…