Last year, Ohio State went the entire season without a single player earning any sort of all-Big Ten weekly award.

This year, the Buckeyes have two in as many weeks. Today, junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was named the Big Ten player of the week, one week after Kaleb Wesson was named freshman of the week.

In wins against Michigan and William & Mary, Bates-Diop averaged 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists including a career-high 27 points Saturday against the Tribe. It is the first time he’s received the award in his career, and he’s the first Ohio State player to win it since D’Angelo Russell did so Feb. 9, 2015.

After taking a medical redshirt last year, Bates-Diop leads the Buckeyes in scoring (18.3 points per game) and rebounding (9.5 per game). He’s third in the league in scoring, second in rebounding, first in defensive rebounding (7.8 per game) and 11th in three-point shooting (44.4 percent, 24 for 54).

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For the first time in his career, he’s also logged some significant minutes at center.

“Keita, I think when he’s staying aggressive and playing with great motor, he’s just such a weapon out there,” coach Chris Holtmann said after Saturday’s win. “He’s a really hard matchup at the five and that’s where he can get loose a lot. He’s a hard matchup at the four as well, but he’s really hard at the five as well because of his ability to stretch the defense and drive it.”


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