Ohio State's best basketball player, potential All-American Keita Bates-Diop, has one more season of eligibility. It doesn't look like he's going to use it.
Bates-Diop, one of the frontrunners for the Big Ten's player of the year award, is a redshirt junior. He will be taking part in Ohio State's "Senior Night" festivities, though.
OSU head coach Chris Holtmann announced the news earlier this week. Bates-Diop will take part in the ceremonies, along with Kam Williams, Jae'Sean Tate, and Andrew Dakich, tonight against Rutgers.
Holtmann was asked specifically about Bates-Diop potentially playing his last home game tonight. He didn't confirm it, but he didn't deny it, either.
"I am going to try and delay that for awhile and appreciate them for the final weeks that we have them, enjoy every moment with them and then go from there," he told reporters.
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Bates-Diop is as old as many college seniors, having taken a redshirt year.
Bates-Diop is projected to be an early second-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. NBADraft.net has him going No. 38 to New York.
The 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 19.5 points and 8.8 rebounds a game for the Buckeyes, who have been one of the most-surprising teams in the country. Ohio State is 22-7 and in-line for a high NCAA Tournament seed.
Ohio State and Rutgers are set to tip off at 7 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on BTN.