Michigan State Lands Commitment From Emoni Bates, The No. 1 Prospect In 2022

By Colin Hass-Hill on June 29, 2020 at 2:25 pm

Emoni Bates hasn't determined whether or not he's going to college quite yet. The top-ranked overall prospect in the 2022 recruiting cycle will have a slew of professional options.

But if he opts to play college basketball, he'll do so in East Lansing, Michigan. Bates, a Ypsilanti native, committed to play for Michigan State during a surprise SportsCenter appearance on Monday afternoon. He even shocked the Spartans' staff, which didn't know he was committing until earlier in the day, per The Athletic's Brendan Quinn.

Many analysts view Bates as the best high-school player since Lebron James. And no, it's not hyperbole. 

Just watch.

In all likelihood, Bates won't ever play a second of college basketball. He told ESPN in the spring that "it's a go" if he's able to jump straight from high school to the NBA. As of now, unlike when James came out of St. Vincent-St. Mary, high-schoolers are barred from going directly to the NBA.

But if he ends up at Michigan State for a season, he'd be the Big Ten's most talented player in a long, long time.

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