Bates-Diop (6-foot-6, 190) had a busy trip in Evanston. He toured campus, saw Northwestern's facilities, then sat down and talked basketball with NU head coach Bill Carmody. While the eventual offer stood out most from that conversation, Bates-Diop enjoyed discussing the game with Carmody.
Carmody gave an evaluation of Bates-Diop's game, and what he sees in the sophomore forward.
"He is a great coach," Bates-Diop said of Carmody. "It was great to talk with him."
Bates-Diop's visit was the second in as many weeks. On the first trip, he joined a large list of prospects on a busy itinerary, before taking in the action at Ryan Field.
"The football game was pretty good," he said. "It was close so it was actually fun to watch."
A number of things about Northwestern have Bates-Diop impressed, but one thing stands out the most.
"The academic part of it," he said. When basketball ends, I'll have something to fall back on for the rest of my life."
Bates-Diop is planning one more visit this fall, as he hopes to visit Wisconsin, though those plans have not been finalized. He continues to stay in touch with the Northwestern coaches in the meantime.
"I think it's a pretty good relationship," he said. "I like all the coaches and they're cool to be around."