KBD Gets B1G POW Honors

Keita Bates-DiopKeita Bates-Diop

Following a pair of games in which he averaged 22.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Week.

Bates-Diop dropped in 18 points, and corralled nine boards in Ohio State’s comeback win over Michigan on Dec. 4 and followed that performance up with a career-high 27 points in a blowout 97-62 win over William & Mary on Saturday.

Congratulations @KBD_33 on being named @BigTen player of the week! pic.twitter.com/LWebou88p4

— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) December 11, 2017

Bates-Diop is the first Buckeye to win conference player of the week honors since D’Angelo Russell who was given the award on Jan. 26, 2015. The conference honor is the second straight for Ohio State, after freshman forward Kaleb Wesson was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Dec. 4.

The Buckeyes (8-3, 2-0) are set to return to the court Dec. 16 against Appalachian State with tip set for 6 p.m. at Value City Arena.