Saturday evening, four former Illinois prep athletes saw minutes in various NBA games. Below I look into and share each of their NBA performances from December 11.
Best of the Day: Keita Bates-Diop
Depending on who you are talking to, Keita Bates-Diop’s name might not resonate with some when it comes to the laundry list of basketball talent from the state of Illinois. But don’t knock Keita. He played high school ball at University High School in Normal, Illinois and was even a top-5 candidate in Illinois Mr. Basketball voting. After high school, he played four years of college hoops at Ohio State. His senior year, he was named Big Ten Player of the Year after averaging 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds in 34 games for the Buckeyes. Since then, he has made a handful of stops which include Minnesota Timberwolves, Windy City Bulls, and most recently San Antonio/Austin Spurs.
- Keita Bates-Diop (University/San Anotnio Spurs)- 16 minutes, 10 points, 4/7 FG, 1/2 3PT, 1/3 FT, 2 offensive rebounds, 4 total rebounds, and +14 in a 127-114 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
The rest of the performances of the day:
- Max Strus (Stagg/Miami Heat)- 21 minutes, 9 points, 4/11 FG, 1/5 3PT, an offensive rebound, 3 total rebounds, 2 assists, and +10 in a 118-92 win over the Chicago Bulls.
- Alfonzo McKinnie (Marshall/Chicago Bulls)- 29 minutes, 6 points, 2/6 FG, 2/3 3PT, an assist, a block, a turnover, and game-worst -31 in a 118-92 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Just one game in and he’s already logging starter minutes for his new team. Desperate times for Chicago but is also a huge opportunity for McKinnie to try and capitalize on.
- John Konchar (West Chicago/ Memphis Grizzlies)- 15 minutes, 3 points, 1/3 FG, 1/2 3PT, 2 rebounds, and +3 in a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets.
I should have included this in yesterday’s update but it is never to late to include a video like the one below.
Miami Heat’s Social Team posted this very short feature on how Stagg’s Max Strus gets loose prior to game time.