Keita Bates-Diop’s arms seem to go on forever. They nearly reach his knees is he’s standing still with them tucked to his sides. When he’s out on the court, those long limbs help him disrupt opponents from distances that seem difficult to comprehend.

“He actually deflected a ball that I didn’t think he could get today,” said Colorado’s George King, who participated in the Denver Nuggets predraft workout Monday alongside Bates-Diop. “He blocked someone’s shot, and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s that 7-foot-3 wingspan right there.'”

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Christian Clark

Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at and I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.