Former Ohio State Buckeyes Keita Bates-Diop, Jae'Sean Tate impressing in NBA Summer League

Adam Jardy
Former Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop is playing for Minnesota in the NBA Summer League. [Adam Cairns]

With one game remaining, Ohio State products Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate have both made impressive forays into the 2019 NBA Summer League.

Wednesday, Bates-Diop will close out the league as Minnesota plays Miami at 7 p.m. (ET) in Las Vegas. Four hours later, Tate will do the same when Denver faces Golden State at 11:30 p.m., also in Las Vegas.

Both players arrived at the league in different standing. A second-round pick of the Timberwolves in 2018, Bates-Diop saw his role increase during the latter portion of his rookie season and seems assured of a roster spot this year. Tate, meanwhile, continues to try and catch the eye of an NBA team after a broken pinky finger suffered during the final practice before last year’s Summer League cost him a chance with Milwaukee.

The Nuggets placed him on their roster for 2019, but again fate prevailed against Tate – at least initially. Denver’s first game was canceled when the effects of an earthquake were felt in Las Vegas on July 5, robbing him of one more chance to showcase his talents.

Since then, Tate has played in two games for the Nuggets, starting with an 84-79 win against Orlando on July 7. In 23 minutes, the most of any bench player for Denver, Tate had 7 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds.

Tuesday night, he followed that up by starting at shooting guard for the Nuggets and finished with 6 points and 2 rebounds in 24 minutes of playing time.

Jae'Sean Tate burying the three!#MileHighBasketball

— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) July 10, 2019

According to this article from the Denver Post, Tate has a shot at making the roster.

Bates-Diop, meanwhile, has scored in double figures in all three games for the Timberwolves. In a July 5 win against Cleveland, he was Minnesota’s leading scorer with 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting and added 3 rebounds.

Two days later, he had 11 points and 11 rebounds in a 90-66 win against Atlanta. He followed that up the next day with 14 points on 5 of 12 shooting and had six rebounds in a 100-91 win against Milwaukee.

Through those three games, Bates-Diop has averaged 14.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists and is 15 for 34 (44.1 percent) from the floor. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has an update on Bates-Diop from Las Vegas.

And on the evening of July 8, Nancy Lane, mother of former Ohio State walk-on Joey Lane, who was teammates with both Bates-Diop and Tate, posted a photo of the two of them to her Twitter page.


— ❌a❌a Lane (@NancyBLane) July 8, 2019


Listen to the BuckeyeXtra Basketball podcast: