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Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop Will Enter The NBA Draft

Andrew Dakich and Keita Bates-Diop talk on the court during a game at Purdue.

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - FEBRUARY 07: Andrew Dakich #13 and Keita Bates-Diop #33 of the Ohio State Buckeyes talk during a stop in action against the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on February 7, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Ohio State's men's basketball program will not be getting another year out of star forward Keita Bates-Diop. The Big Ten standout is entering the NBA Draft, according to a report.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Buckeyes' star junior has elected to forego his final season of eligibility and pursue a career in the NBA.

He's expected to make a formal announcement sometime today.

From ESPN:

Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop will pass on his final year of college eligibility and enter the NBA draft in June, sources told ESPN.

Bates-Diop, the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year, is expected to formalize an announcement at a campus news conference Monday in Columbus

Bates-Diop was the Big Ten's player of the year in 2017-18.

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds a game, leading Ohio State to the second round of the NCAA Tournament under first-year head coach Chris Holtmann.

The 22-year-old forward is projected to be a mid-to-late first round pick.