Scouts mixed on Bates-Diop’s draft position

Ohio State standout Keita Bates-Diop is making his way to the NBA ... for now.

Ohio State small forward and reigning Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop has declared for the NBA draft and his status is very much up in the air, according to several scouts.

Bates-Diop is a redshirt junior and averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds in a breakout season under first-year Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann.

NBA scouts who spoke with AmicoHoops predicted Bates-Diop could be drafted anywhere from late in the first round to the middle of the second. Most of his stock will likely be determined by how he fares during pre-draft individual workouts with teams, one scout said.

Bates-Diop is considered a “silky” and smart player with a smooth jump shot and good attitude.

The NBADraft.net mock draft has Bates-Diop being selected by the New York Knicks with the No. 43 overall pick. Meanwhile, ESPN ranked Bates-Diop 19th overall on its list of top 100 draft prospects.