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Former Ohio State star Keita Bates-Diop was part of a group of six players to work out for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Bates-Diop was joined by UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, Villanova guard Jalen Brunson, Duke guard Gary Trent Jr., Tulane guard Melvin Frazier and Louisville forward Raymond Spalding were part of the Trail Blazers’ first pre-draft workout.
Here’s Bates-Diop draining a couple of corner 3-balls during the workout:
Keita Bates-Diop, @KBD_33, from beyond the arc at @trailblazers pre-draft workouts 🏀👀 7 foot-3 inch wingspan for the forward out of @OhioStateHoops. Big 10 player of the year. #RipCity pic.twitter.com/Mjs0snVdJj
— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) June 1, 2018
The 6-foot-8, 223-pound Bates-Diop averaged 19.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.65 blocked shots per game for the Buckeyes last season as a redshirt junior. In 34 games, all starts, he shot 48.0 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from deep and 77.6 percent from the free-throw line. He has a 7-foot-3 wingspan.
He was a semifinalist for the Naismith Player of the Year award and also the Julius Erving award, given to the nation’s top small forward.
Bates-Diop was named the Big Ten Player of the Week four times last season.
His father, Richard, played basketball at Creighton from 1979 through 1983.
Portland owns the 24th overall selection in the draft. The Trail Blazers do not have a second-round choice.
Before working out for the Trail Blazers, Bates-Diop worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Golden State Warriors, the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns.