- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
Keita Bates-Diop (Bloomington, Ill./University) woke up this morning to about 20 texts from various college coaches on his phone.
Soon after, Bates-Diop also received a phone call from the Michigan coaching staff, which extended an offer to the No. 44 prospect in the Class of 2014.
“I’m humbled by it and thankful for it,” Bates-Diop said Friday. “Knowing that I have it does give me a little excitement.”
Bates-Diop said he heard from Michigan more than any other school Friday, the first day coaches can use unlimited texts and phone calls to Class of 2014 recruits. Besides the morning call that landed him a scholarship offer, he has been texting with assistant coach LaVall Jordan.
Other schools have also reached out to Bates-Diop on Friday, including Illinois, DePaul, Kansas State, Louisville, Purdue, Oregon, Stanford and Northwestern.
As for where Michigan stands, Bates-Diop said they are in the running, although he has no timeline for his decision.
“They are definitely on the list,” Bates-Diop said. “Close to the top of the list.”
When asked who else was on the list, Bates-Diop listed Illinois, Purdue and Louisville.
Bates-Diop was the highest-rated prospect at last weekend’s Michigan College Practice Camp and he stuck around an extra day to take an unofficial visit to the campus.
While there, he got a better feel for how he’d fit in at Michigan, should he choose to attend school in Ann Arbor.
“It helped them,” Bates-Diop said. “Instead of focusing on basketball, I could focus on the academic side and the workload and how the schedule fits around basketball and school.”