ESPN 60 Bates-Diop picks Ohio State

Class of 2014 power forward Keita Bates-Diop (Bloomington, Ill./University) ended his recruitment on Sunday with a verbal pledge to Ohio State. The news was confirmed by his AAU coach to ESPN.com.

Bates-Diop is currently ranked No. 27 overall in the ESPN 60. He chose the Buckeyes over numerous offers, including Illinois, Michigan State, Purdue, Oregon and Oklahoma State and is the first commitment for head coach Thad Matta in the 2014 class.