Nation's No. 1 overall basketball prospect commits to Michigan State
Michigan State’s basketball team has landed the best player in the 2022 recruiting class.
On Monday afternoon, five-star small forward Emoni Bates announced his decision to commit to Michigan State. The Ypsilanti, Michigan native is the top overall prospect in the 2022 class according to 247Sports.
Bates announced his decision on ESPN:
"I'm big on loyalty and they showed me all loyalty … I gotta show them love back."
Sparty has landed one of the top players in high school basketball in Emoni Bates 👀 pic.twitter.com/mJ2glZMnnF
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 29, 2020
Bates is a 6-foot-8 small forward who held offers from several major programs, including Michigan, Kentucky, Florida State and DePaul. The Michigan native has decided to continue his basketball career closer to home.
According to Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press, there’s a chance Bates could reclassify to the 2021 class, but it’s unknown if he’ll make that move.
From 247Sports’ Evan Daniels:
Slender, but is 6-foot-8 and has long arms. He’s a good athlete that bounces off the ground with ease. His skill set and offensive package is advanced for his age. He handles the ball well, uses hesitations and jab moves to create space and is a gifted three-level scorer. He shoots it well on the move and off the bounce, and despite lacking strength finishes well at the rim. He also has a strong motor, is a gifted passer and a willing rebounder. Next step is adding strength, but there’s plenty of time for that. Bates was arguably the best freshman prospect since LeBron James.
Already, Bates is drawing comparisons to Kevin Durant and is expected to be a top 10 selection in a future NBA Draft.
Bates is the only player currently committed in MSU’s 2022 class.