Basketball star Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State

Emoni Bates Michigan State

Out of the clear June sky, Michigan State landed a seismic recruiting commitment. "They've been recruiting me hard since then".

Emoni Bates has committed to Michicgan State as part of the incoming class of 2022.

Bates averaged 31.6 points, nine rebounds and 2.6 assists per game as a sophomore last season at Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Mich. Bates said Spartans coach Tom Izzo has recruited him since he was in seventh grade.

Speculation about whether Bates will ever play college basketball or bypass the NCAA to go straight to the NBA - assuming the one-and-done rule is no longer in effect by the time he graduates - has followed him throughout his high school career.


Bates' post-high school plans have been the subject of speculation for years.

The announcement came suddenly, with no list of top schools announced or indication from Bates or his family that a decision was imminent. Other rumors say he will announce he is signing an agent or reclassifying. The fear of Bates making the leap from high school straight to the National Basketball Association is a big reason why many colleges didn't bother recruiting him. "I'm big on loyalty, and they showed me all loyalty, so I gotta show them love back".

Emoni Bates is now playing on the Nike EYBL circuit.

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