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Report: Keita Bates-Diop Declares for 2018 NBA Draft

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Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop will pass on his final year of college eligibility and enter the NBA draft in June, he announced Monday.

Bates-Diop, the Big Ten Player of the Year, also said he will hire an agent.

Bates-Diop, at 6-feet-7 with a lengthy wingspan, is ranked 19th in ESPN draft analyst Jonathan Givony’s list of Top 100 NBA prospects.

He averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds a game for the Buckeyes, including 25 points in an NCAA tournament loss to Gonzaga last week.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN