It's the middle of the early signing period for the class of 2013. On Sunday, Ohio State is celebrating the pickup of a guy that won't be able to sign until next November.
Rumors had been swirling that Keita Bates-Diop might make an early decision. Sure enough, the No. 20 player in the class of 2014 made a verbal commitment to Thad Matta and the Buckeyes.
A 6-foot-7 small forward at Normal (Ill.) Community, Bates-Diop's commitment was confirmed by his summer coach Mike Mullins of the Illinois Wolves.
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"Keita Bates-Diop has chosen to accept scholarship offer from Ohio State and head coach Thad Matta," Mullins texted Rivals.com.
Long and versatile, Bates-Diop is an already solid performer who has plenty of potential. He's a very dangerous corner jump shooter, can attack off the dribble and is a very good defender, particularly from the help side where he loves to come over and block shots.
Currently a four-star prospect, Bates-Diop is the Buckeyes first commitment from the class of 2014.