A versatile 6'7, 195 pound forward with a 7'1 wingspan, Bates-Diop, whose father played at Creighton, has been one of the top risers nationally in his class this spring. Since Rick Pitino hired Kareem Richardson from Xavier, Louisville has entered the recruiting picture for the four-star prospect, who will visit the Cardinals this weekend with AAU teammate Malek Harris, a 6'6 forward from Oakland Park.
"I think they have strong interest," said Mike Mullins, Bates-Diop's AAU coach. "Kareem has recruited our program in the past and has recruited the Chicago area well for many years and has a lot of contacts. These are the type of kids where winning matters and character counts and there's substance outside of having basketball skills and athleticism. I think those are all things that Kareem has seen in these young guys."
Mullins said that Bates-Diop, who has made visits to Purdue, Michigan, DePaul and Illinois, is further along with his recruiting process than is Harris.
"He really has great perimeter skills. He can handle, pass and shoot the ball," Mullins said. "He can stretch the defense and really shoot off the bounce. He took his school to their best finish ever. They finished second in the state this year.
"He's a very intelligent kid. He's a high character kid with tremendous upside. He's going to be a big, strong man that can really play over the top a defense, shoot the heck out of the ball, be a great teammate and a highly skilled player."