Keita Bates-Diop measured well at the NBA draft combine last week, and the former Ohio State player continues to trend toward being a first-round pick in this year’s draft.
Today, in a Columbus radio interview with WBNS-FM (97.1), Sports Illustrated NBA draft analyst Jeremy Woo said that while he doesn’t have a specific team in mind, he sees Bates-Diop likely going in the “20-30 range” of the draft.
According to a source contacted by The Dispatch who was on hand for the combine, Bates-Diop could go as high as 15 or as low as the first few picks of the second round. On the radio, Woo mostly agreed with this assessment.
“I would say right now it’s pretty likely he ends up in the first round,” Woo said. “If he does fall, it won’t be very far. I think he’s pretty safely in that top 30-35 guys. When you’re a guy with his height and length and his ability to shoot the ball, you’re naturally going to get a lot of attention and obviously he had a great season this year. It made sense for him to come out right now and capitalize on that.”
TheRinger.com has a detailed scouting report on Bates-Diop’s draft prospects and measurables that you can read by clicking here.
Prior to the combine, Bates-Diop had workouts for the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State while he was training in the Los Angeles area.