The performance of Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class was surprising. And when I say surprising, unfortunately it doesn’t mean pleasantly surprising. After Jae’Sean Tate went down with a torn labrum, newly committed swing guard D’Angelo Russell followed suit, missing the final three games of camp due to injury. With both out of the lineup, all pressure was put on Illinois forward Keita Bates-Diop to represent the ’14 class. Let’s see how they did.
Jae’Sean Tate: While only playing five minutes, Jae’Sean Tate made his limited time worthwhile. Scoring four points in his only time on the court, the Pickerington Central shooting guard was aggressive to the rim, and found teammate Isaac Haas for his only assist. If Tate was healthier and able to play at full speed, I have no doubt that he would have had a very successful camp.
D’Angelo Russell: The Montverde combo-guard had an up-and-down performance in Charlottesville. On a talented Spurs squad that could have done more damage with greater health, Russell scored at least six points in his first two games during camp. Russell flashed superb explosiveness, and finished effortlessly around the rim when he attacked the basket. The lefty finished well with both hands and reacted well to pressure when handling the rock. With teammate Kelly Oubre leading the camp in scoring, Russell distributed the ball more than he normally would, and excelled in that role. We talked to the future Buckeye on why he committed to Ohio State, what he needs to improve on, and what he is looking forward to as a senior.
Keita Bates-Diop: KBD is a player that is much harder to analyze than Tate or Russell. While Bates-Diop had a clean bill of health, the big forward didn’t seem to be overly aggressive while he was on the floor. Even while averaging over seven points per game, Keita deferred to his teammates rather than creating for himself on the majority of possessions. Bates-Diop’s highlight play of the weekend came on a fastbreak slam in which the forward impressed coach Andre Iguodala. If Bates-Diop could possess the motor that Tate has, the 6’7″ 190-pound forward could become one of the more dangerous players in the nation. While Keita is an efficient offensive player, he must become more aggressive on both ends and on the glass to fulfill his ultimate potential.
Jae’Sean Tate: 1 GP, 4 PPG, 1 RPG, 1 APG
D’Angelo Russell: 3 GP, 5 PPG, 1 RPG, 0.3 APG
Keita Bates-Diop: 5 GP, 7.4 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.8 APG
Other Ohio State targets:
Myles Turner (C, Euless Trinity, TX): 5 GP, 12.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.2 APG
Elbert Robinson (C, Garland Lakeview Centennial, TX): 5 GP, 10.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 0.6 APG
Leron Black (PF, Memphis White Station): 7 GP, 8.9 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.4 APG
Craig Victor (PF, New Orleans Saint Augustine): 5 GP, 10.4 PPG, 4 RPG, 1.2 APG
Isaiah Briscoe* (SG, Saint Benedict’s Prep, NJ) – 3 GP, 7.5 PPG, 2.75 RPG, 1.3 APG
Jalen Lindsey (SF, Franklin Christ Prep, TN) – 5 GP, 3.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG
Stephen Zimmerman* (C, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman) – 6 GP, 9.8 PPG, 4 RPG, 0.3 APG
* denotes Class of 2015 prospect.
- Zach Fleer / @ZachFleerSP