Bates-Diop Picks Up First Scholarship Offer

Class of 2014 prospect Keita Bates-Diop received his first collegiate scholarship offer this afternoon while on the campus of DePaul University. The young 6-6 combo forward talks about the visit to DePaul in this report.

Keita Bates-Diop has appeared on the AAU circuit as one of the more promising prospects for the class of 2014. The 6-6 forward from University High in downstate Normal, Illinois has attracted the interest of a number of colleges while on the AAU circuit this summer playing for the Illinois Wolves program.

Bates-Diop drove north today to visit DePaul's Lincoln Park campus and see the Blue Demons practice and prepare for their upcoming overseas trip.

Keita was rewarded with a scholarship offer from DePaul skipper Oliver Purnell. It is his first bonafide scholarship offer.

"It was great," said Bates-Diop. "In the end they offered and it was real exciting for me. I watched the practice and then afterward we went to the weight room. We took a trip around the gym, the weight room, and the offices."

Keita got to see the Blue Demons go at it full bore in practice.

"It was a good practice," said Bates-Diop. "They do a lot of good things there to help the players out and help the team out."

In addition to the DePaul offer, Keita also has interest coming from Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue and Tennessee. At this stage in his recruitment, Bates-Diop is still feeling things out.

"I'm open to all schools," said Keita. "I want to experience the process. I'm just enjoying it right now."

It was a busy weekend for Bates-Diop. On Saturday, he visited the Illinois campus and watched their team scrimmage too.

"We had a lot of fun and saw the alumni game," said Keita. "I got to see a lot of the older players that went there and see the newer players play against each other."

Bates-Diop, who boasts a 7-foot wingspan, had a terrific summer playing for the Illinois Wolves program led by Mike Mullins. He played for coach Dave Kleinschmidt, the younger brother of DePaul legend Tom Kleinschmidt.

"It was a lot of fun," said Keita. "They do a great job there. Coach Mullins runs it extremely well. It's nice and organized and a great experience to prepare us for college."

Next up for Bates-Diop is preparing for his sophomore season in Normal.

"It's looking great, we should have a great team this year," said Keita.

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