Emoni Bates, one of the best college basketball recruits in recent memory, made a major decision this Wednesday that could change the trajectory of his career.
Originally, Bates was supposed to be a member of the 2022 recruiting class. Michigan State landed a commitment from Bates on June 29, 2020. A little less than a year later, Bates changed his mind.
Now, Bates will have to speed up the process and choose a team for this fall.
Emoni Bates has also reclassified to 2021. https://t.co/rEbAMQqmT9
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) August 4, 2021
Jeff Borzello of ESPN pointed out that Bates’ latest move has nothing to do with the 2022 NBA Draft.
“It’s worth noting Bates is too young for the 2022 NBA draft, so he’s still two years away regardless of his next step,” Borzello said.
Emoni Bates is reclassifying into the 2021 class, he told @TiptonEdits. Tipton also said Bates is considering Oregon, Memphis, Michigan State and the G League.
It’s worth noting Bates is too young for the 2022 NBA draft, so he’s still two years away regardless of his next step.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) August 4, 2021
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing for Bates. He can spend the next two years working on his game and should be an NBA-ready prospect by 2023.
So where will Bates take his talents to next? Although a decision hasn’t been made yet, there are several analysts and fans who believe the G-League is the most intriguing option.
Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga were recently lottery picks after spending time in the G-League. There’s no reason why Bates can’t follow that same path.
Of course, it would also be great to see Bates play college basketball. He’s the type of athlete who would instantly become must-see TV as a freshman.