The Buckeyes’ standout performer was snubbed by the list.
Ohio State junior forward Keita Bates-Diop has been one of the best players in college basketball this season.
The Buckeyes’ standout, arguably the frontrunner for the Big Ten Player of the Year award, is averaging 20 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a game while shooting 52.5 percent from the field.
Today, the midseason watch list for the Wooden Award, given to the country’s best player, came out. Surprisingly, Bates-Diop is not on it.
Spoiler alert: Trae Young made the cut. https://t.co/MGAPHtl7Af
— ESPN (@espn) January 11, 2018
Noted college basketball guru Mark Titus summed up the snub of Bates-Diop pretty well.
“I’m embarrassed for every person who played a part in putting this list together and didn’t notice that Big Ten Player of The Year and First Team All-American Keita Bates-Diop isn’t even on it. Get this garbage out of my face and try again,” he wrote.
You could also ask Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo about Bates-Diop being deserving of a spot on the list. Ohio State’s star forward scored 32 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in an upset of the No. 1 Spartans on Sunday.