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The Sporting News predicts Keita Bates-Diop will go to the Spurs in the first round

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The Big Ten Player of the Year has injury setbacks but made the combine and has declared his draft intentions.

NCAA Basketball: Illinois at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Buckeyes small forward Keita Bates-Diop had a scary moment while working out with the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. He complained of back pain and then laid on the floor.

It appears all was all right in the end:

The first team All-Big 10 player and consensus second All-American team player has otherwise had a standout year with an impressive stat line including 19.8 points per game and 8.7 rebounds. His 7’3.25” wingspan assisted in his 56 blocks and 31 steals in his junior year.

Bates-Diop missed most of the 2016-17 season with a stress fracture in his left leg. If positive health can stay on Bates-Diop’s side, he will have a solid NBA career. Whether or not he will be donning a Spurs jersey remains to be seen.

The Sporting News has Donte DiVincenzo going 29th to the Nets and Kevin Huerter as a “possible” without making their top 30.


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