Michigan State hoops commit Emoni Bates shines with Thanksgiving Hoopsfest performance
Michigan State hoops commit Emoni Bates didn’t waste any time showing his skill this season.
On Saturday, while Ypsilanti Prep Ball Boys dropped their contest with Duncanville High School (Texas), 79-65, the five-star Spartan recruit played a stellar game against the defending Texas state champion Panthers.
Bates posted a game-high 28 points on 21 field goal attempts, all while facing a swarming Duncanville defense, and constant double-teams.
After a hard fall provided a scare in the third quarter, Bates stayed in the game and shot 6-of-12 from the field the rest of the way, but did have four turnovers and zero assists.
Bates has been widely regarded as the top high school prospect in the country for two years, regardless of class. The 6-foot-9 small forward is known as an athletic scoring machine with Kevin Durant-like shooting ability and elite playmaking ability.
ICYMI, Emoni Bates finished with 28pts in a 🔥@T_Hoopfest matchup of @YpsiPrep vs. Duncanville
Full game replay: https://t.co/kh7GqvCjlY@BatesEmoni @SpartyFans @TheVoiceofTD @CoachDLaB @chrissolari @TheOnlyColors @SpartanAvenueFS @LSJGreenWhite @SpartanHoops_DK #SUVtv pic.twitter.com/QLKLzbL2ln
— SUVtv (@SUVtv) November 29, 2020
Bates is currently the No. 1 overall play for 2022 and committed to Tom Izzo’s program in June. Fans will have to watch highlights of the high school prospect for now as they dream of him tearing it up in East Lansing in a few seasons.