Former Illinois Prep Athletes and their NBA Performances- February 26- Keita Bates-Diop’s First Career Double-Double

Saturday, five former Illinois prep athletes saw minutes in various NBA games. Below I look into and share each of their NBA performances from February 26.

Best of the Day: Keita Bates-Diop

  • Keita Bates-Diop (University/San Antonio Spurs)- 34 minutes, a team-high 22 points (tied with 2 others), 9/10 FG, 3/3 3PT, 1/2 FT, a game-high 11 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, a turnover, and +3 in a 133-129 loss to the Miami Heat.
    • Third time this season playing over 31 minutes- most minutes in over a month.
    • Second time this season scoring more than 20 points. Scored 30 points on December 23, 2021.
    • This marks his first-career double-double.
    • First start since January 12, 2022 against the Houston Rockets.

Rest of the Day’s Performances

  • Fred VanVleet (Auburn/Raptors)- 35 minutes, a team-high 24 points, 8/22 FG, 5/14 3PT, 3/3 FT, a team-high 9 assists, a steal, a team-worst 3 turnovers (tied with 3 others), a game-worst -30 in a 127-100 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
  • John Konchar (West Chicago/Memphis Grizzlies)- 8 minutes, 1 points, 0/1 FG, 0/1 3PT, 1/2 FT, 3 rebounds, and -4 in a 116-110 win over the Chicago Bulls.
  • Ayo Dosunmu (Morgan Park/Chicago Bulls)- 22 minutes, 0/2 FG, 0/2 3PT, 2 rebounds 3 assists, 2 steals, a team-worst 3 turnovers (tied with Zach LaVine), and -12 in a 116-110 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
  • Jevon Carter (Proviso East/Milwaukee Bucks)- 9 minutes, 0/1 FG, a rebound, an assist, and +10 in a 126-123 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
    • Debut for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Extra News

Daily Herald’s Scot Gregor wrote about West Chicago’s John Konchar in his latest piece called “How John Konchar went from West Chicago High to the NBA” and it can be read here.

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