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U-M picks up trail of Bates-Diop

5/6/2012

Several talented basketball players have graduated from the Illinois Wolves AAU program, including Northwestern point guard Dave Sobolewski and former Ohio State standout Evan Turner.

And there's a current player on the 16U team that might be the next big thing in the Big Ten -- Keita Bates-Diop (Bloomington, Ill./University High School).

Bates-Diop is just in his second year with the Wolves, but according to program director and 17U coach Mike Mullins, Bates-Diop represents what is best about the Wolves.

"We've had a lot of great players in the last decade-and-a-half, and I think he's really taken the best of each of those and become a great player," Mullins said.