Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the NBA Draft Thurday night. He was chosen with the 48th overall pick in the draft. Projections had him going much sooner, mostly in the late first round.
Bates-Diop was the Big Ten Player of the Year this past season for the Buckeyes. He averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, and scored at least 24 points in his final four games as a Buckeye — three of which came in the postseason.
Starting 70 of the 109 games that he played in, Bates-Diop finished his Ohio State career averaging 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Bates-Diop was expected to become the first Buckeye selected in the first round of the NBA Draft since D’Angelo Russell was selected second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015 draft.
Here is Ohio State’s all-time NBA Draft list