Buckeyes off to great start in 2014

Jae'sean Tate

Thad Matta and Ohio State are off to a strong start in 2014 thanks to back-to-back days of picking up top 50 recruits.

It's been a nice couple of days for Ohio State.

On Sunday the Buckeyes reeled in top 30 junior Keita Bates-Diop. Then on Monday they added another highly rated junior prospect in Jae'sean Tate.

The timing of both moves were surprising, but the commitments were significant.

Historically, Ohio State has done a great job recruiting their area and keying in on guys in the Midwest that can help them. From Greg Oden and B.J. Mullens to players like Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes have had tremendous success with players within their region.


Bates-Diop pops early to OSU
Bates-Diop, a native of Illinois, is the type of combo forward that can help OSU as soon as he gets to campus. At 6-foot-7, he's a long, wiry forward that has developed his skill and offensive ability.

Playing for the Illinois Wolves 16's squad over the summer, Bates-Diop was among their leaders and a guy that shouldered a good portion of their scoring and rebounding duties.

While Bates-Diop impresses with his skill and athletic ability, Tate has built his reputation on his motor.

A 6-foot-5 wing out of Pickerington (Ohio) Central, Tate made waves over the summer at the Nike Elite 100, where he used his effort and energy to make an impact on the game.

Tate is a pretty good athlete that rebounds the ball well, defends his position and slashes his way to the rim. He could still improve his balls skills and jump shot, but there's a lot to like about the make up of his game.

Bates-Diop is ranked No. 27 overall, while Tate checks in at No. 48 in the 2014 players rankings.

As good as their 2014 class already is, the Buckeyes aren't close to being done.

Ohio State is currently involved with a host of 2014 recruits including Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor, Cliff Alexander, D'Angelo Russell, Jaquan Lyle, Justin Jackson, Paul White and others.

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