Coming from Normal (Ill.) University High School, Bates-Diop became one of the hottest targets on the recruiting circuit this past summer, and now he has chosen the Ohio State Buckeyes.
"It was a lot of little things," said Bates-Diop. "I really liked the coaching staff and the people on my visit. I was just very comfortable there."
"They first made contact with me in July and we built a real strong connection and relationship," said Bates-Diop. "It was just the school for me."
According to Bates-Diop one of the things that stood out to him was how the Buckeyes planned to use him.
"I will be on the wing which is my position," said Bates-Diop. "I like to get up and down the court like they do and I think I can make an impact there."
For one of the most well spoken and thoughtful kids in the entire class this whole process wasn't easy, especially the end.
"It was very difficult because Illinois, Michigan, and Purdue were in the game were such a long time to tell them I wasn't going there was tough, but I just felt Ohio State was the place for me," he explained.
Bates-Diop is ranked as the No. 27 prospect in the class of 2014.