Bates-Diop to continue visit tour

Keita Bates-Diop is in the midst of a visit tour following a very impressive showing during the spring AAU season.

Four-star forward Keita Bates-Diop has been one of the major risers in the class of 2014 this spring. The combo forward hailing from Normal (Ill.) University High School has been excellent for the Illinois Wolves on the AAU circuit, and now the scholarship offers are coming in and Bates-Diop is checking out as many campuses as he can.

At 6-foot-7 and roughly 185 pounds, Bates-Diop is the kind of long forward who can be a matchup problem. He is too athletic and skilled for most power forwards and too big for many small forwards. Given his unique ability it has been a good spring.

"I have been more aggressive in all aspects of the game," said Bates-Diop of his spring improvements. "In rebounding, scoring, and defensively, I am just more aggressive this year than last year."

Not surprisingly that development has transitioned into increased recruiting attention from many of the top teams in the Midwest, and the country.

"The main ones are Purdue, DePaul, Northwestern, Illinois, Kansas State, Michigan, Louisville, Wisconsin, and Stanford," said Bates-Diop.

A week ago Bates-Diop visited Illinois and received an offer. He was impressed with what he saw, and liked meeting the new staff.

"The visit was good when I went down there," said Bates-Diop. "I like how close it is to home and the fact that it is a hometown school. Also the new coaching staff is great, and I like the way they play."

Following Illinois, Bates-Diop checked things out at Louisville. As with most prospects, the facilities really stood out.

"The facilities are great," said Bates-Diop of Louisville. "The practice arena is fantastic and the Yum Center is huge. I liked my trip to Louisville a lot."

Next on the visit tour is Purdue. The Boilermakers have had a lot of success recruiting the Illinois Wolves program, and have been after Bates-Diop for quite a while.

"I really like Purdue," he stated. "I am going down there (Wednesday) for a visit. Kendall (Stephens) is going there and Jay (Simpson) will be there next year, so I have some comfort there."

The tour won't end there though, a few days after seeing Purdue, the Michigan Wolverines will get a visit. Michigan won't offer until June 15, but Bates-Diop has been feeling the love from them for quite some time.

"I am having good conversations with them," he said from Michigan. "They are really interested in me, and I am going up to their elite camp this weekend. Afterwards I plan to stay and take a visit tour of the campus."

For now Bates-Diop is just exploring all of his options, but he does have a good idea of what he is looking for in a school.

"The coaching staff and the connection I have with them is important," he said. "Also the playing style, the players that will be on the roster, and also academics are very important to me."

Currently Bates-Diop is viewed as the No. 40 player in the class of 2014.

Scout Hoops Top Stories