3. Keita Bates-Diop
I was once high on Keita Bates-Diop, but have begun to sour on him in recent weeks. This has nothing to do with Bates-Diop, but more to do with some of the other prospects projected to go in his range.
Bates-Diop is the rare four-year collegiate player in today’s drafts. He spent all four years at Ohio State and won a Big Ten Player of the Year award last season. Even though he had a solid season, the award had more to do with the lack of talent across the rest of the conference.
He missed most of the 2017 season after he underwent surgery on a stress fracture in his leg. He also lacks a true position and will have to find somewhere to fit in in the NBA. His athleticism is also another cause for concern and creates a dangerous combination to warrant taking a risk on.
The last red flag for Bates-Diop is his lack of consistent production. He takes far too many plays off which is unacceptable for a player who doesn’t possess elite skills. These all add up to many complicating factors and a player who is likely to bust early on.