Former Ohio State basketball players light up the NBA

Ohio State’s basketball program hasn’t put a ton of players into the NBA recently. They don’t have as much representation as some of the blue blood programs like Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky. Even so, some former Buckeyes lit up the box scores yesterday.

Jae’Sean Tate was one of those former Buckeyes. He starts for the Houston Rockets and he was playing against the Indiana Pacers. Even in defeat, he achieved good numbers. Tate had 18 points on 6-10 shooting and also added 4 rebounds.

Tate played well for the Rockets. It’s just a young team that’s not good yet, so they’re going to suffer a lot of defeats. The same can normally be said for the San Antonio Spurs, but Keita Bates-Diop decided that would not be the case.

Bates-Diop left last night scoring a career-high 30 points on a perfect 11-11 shot. He also made it 3-3 from behind the three-point arc. He also added 7 rebounds en route to beating LeBron James and the Lakers in Los Angeles. It was his best performance as a pro.

Two other Buckeyes also faced off. Mike Conley’s Utah Jazz and D’Angelo Russell’s Minnesota Timberwolves. While Russell had 19 points and 14 assists, his team couldn’t pick up the win. Conley has a lot to do with it.

Conley had 17 points on 7-10 shooting. He also added 6 assists and 4 rebounds. He just played a solid game, which is what Conley is known for in the NBA. It was good to see him have such a long and successful career in the NBA after leaving the Ohio State basketball program in 2007.

It’s always good to see some former Buckeyes play well at the top level, no matter the sport.

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