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Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop drafted by Timberwolves

Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 18th pick in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-7 forward was the Big Ten player of the year, and a consensus second team All-American.

Offensively, he raised his scoring average by an impressive 10.1 points from 2016-17 (9.7) to this past season when he averaged 19.8 points per game. He has plenty of control around the basket and can also be a good scorer on the move.

Defensively, his length and lateral quickness make him versatile. He’s a good off-ball shot blocker and can guard multiple positions.

Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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