Bates-Diop On The Rise

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Keita Bates-Diop went from barely playing varsity basketball last season at Normal University High School to being considered one of the top-five prospects in 2014 from the state of Illinois. He received rave reviews from scouts with his play on the 15U circuit with the Illinois Wolves during the spring and summer.

The forwards game developed from primarily an inside player to a versatile forward that can step out and hit threes with consistency. This was remarkable considering where his shot was just months previous. By the end of July Keita Bates-Diop was blocking shots, dominating on the boards, and scoring at multiple levels. He started receiving interest from high major programs including...

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