- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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Normal U-High (Ill.) junior forward Keita Bates-Diop committed to Ohio State on Sunday, according to his club coach Mike Mullins.
Bates-Diop, a 6-foot-7 forward, chose the Buckeyes over offers from DePaul, Illinois, Marquette, Michigan, Northwestern, Stanford and Wisconsin, among others. He is ranked No. 27 in the Class of 2014 and No. 3 in Illinois by ESPN Recruiting.
Bates-Diop's recruiting especially took off during this past spring and summer after playing with the Illinois Wolves on the club circuit.
"I think he is one of the young players to have a terrific last spring, summer and fall," ESPN recruiting coordinator Reggie Rankin. "His stock skyrocketed with his play. Terrific combination forward, excellent skill, size, good IQ, can score inside and out, can rebound it, can pass it. He has tremendous upside. He really helped himself with his play over the last seven or eight months. He was one of hotter 2014 guys.
"Ohio State plays that spread, ball screen and stretch offensive set. He'll be good in it."
Bates-Diop averaged 15 points and five rebounds as a sophomore at Normal U-High.
Bates-Diop is Ohio State’s first Class of 2014 recruit.