Emoni Bates made his decision, and it’s probably not one that many would have guessed when he reopened his hiring earlier this year.
Bates, a five-star prospect from Ypsilanti, will join Jalen Duren, a five-star prospect originally from Delaware, in Memphis under coach Penny Hardaway. Duren announced a 6 foot 10 post expected to be an NBA lottery pick On August 6, he joined the Tigers. He is reportedly reclassifying to graduate and start university in 2021. With the start of the fall semester fast approaching, Bates committed to Memphis on Wednesday, the Free Press has confirmed.
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Earlier this month, Bates, 17, said he was considering the G League as well as Memphis, Michigan State and Oregon and would reclassify from the 2022 graduating class to the 2021 class. dedicated to MSU last June, but informed the school at the end of April that it was reconsidering.
Its popularity on social media, along with the NCAA’s Recent Easing of Names, Images, and Similarities Compensation Rules, could make him one of college sports’ top earners.
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Even with NIL odds, the G League had to be a tempting option too. Two 2021 NBA lottery picks walked past the NCAA in the development league for a season. Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga each made $500,000 while performing relatively well in their freshman year of professional basketball.
Bates, a six-foot striker, has long been considered the best prospect in his class and possibly the best US prospect period. As a freshman he led Ypsilanti Lincoln to a state title in 2019 then became the first sophomore to win the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Duren has caught up with Bates on 247Sports latest standings.
After averaging about 25 points per game on his father’s Ypsi Prep program, Bates has competed on the tour circuit a few times this summer. He and his Ypsi Prep teammates played against some of the best prep teams around the country this winter, including future Michigan security guard Frankie Collins and comrade five star underclassman Mikey Williams, who just signed a lucrative NIL deal of his own.
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Elgin Bates has previously said Ypsi Prep – who scheduled other Division I recruits and collaborated with an NCAA-approved training program — will continue to train young basketball players regardless of his son’s plans for the coming season.
To be eligible to play NCAA basketball, players must complete a high school education and be enrolled in classes at the college they attend.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania was first with news about Bates’s union.
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