Emoni Bates has been on Tom Izzo’s radar for years. NBA scouts’ as well.
The Ypsilanti Lincoln (Michigan) forward now has a Michigan State basketball offer, according to a post on Bates’ Twitter feed Friday.
Bates is ranked the No. 1 player in the nation for 2022 by ESPN and Future150.com. He led Lincoln to a Division 1 state championship in March, capping a phenomenal freshman season in which he averaged 29.2 points and 10.2 rebounds while hitting a few game-winners in the MHSAA tournament to help validate the hype that began before he even entered seventh grade.
Playing for Bates Fundamentals at the Peach Jam AAU tournament this week in North Augusta, South Carolina, Bates scored 24 points with 15 rebounds and four assists in Wednesday’s win over Alabama Fusion, then had 32 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in Thursday’s win over the PSA Cardinals from New York.
Blessed to say I received a offer from Michigan state university 🙏🏽🏀 pic.twitter.com/iHjKbsCBnB
— Emoni Bates (@BatesEmoni) July 12, 2019
While Bates’ early offer from Izzo and MSU does not come as a surprise, there remains a bigger question: Will the dynamic 6-foot-8, 200-pound sophomore-to-be ever play college basketball?
Talk of rules changes that could lower the draft age to 18 and once again allow high school players to enter the NBA draft continue with the league, its players’ union and the NCAA. The current one-and-done rule was enacted in 2006, which has created a mass exodus of players from college rosters after one season.
It is the Spartans’ first extended offer for 2022, according to 247Sports.com, and Bates’ third scholarship offer along with Florida State and DePaul.