High school hoops star Emoni Bates commits to play for Michigan State

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 30, 2020 08:01 AM
High school hoops star Bates commits to Michigan State
Emoni Bates, during basketball practice in Ypsilanti, Mich., Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Bates is the best 13-year-old basketball player in America, according to some recruiting services. One of his highlight reels on YouTube has been viewed about 1 million times. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan high school basketball standout Emoni Bates has committed to play at Michigan State for the class of 2022.

Bates announced his decision Monday on ESPN to play for the Spartans and coach Tom Izzo.

In April, the 6-foot-9 guard was named Gatorade’s national player of the year, the first sophomore to win the award. He averaged 32 points this year, but missed his chance to help Ypsilanti Lincoln High School repeat as state champions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bates told ESPN that the Spartans have stayed with him over the years having recruited him since he was in seventh grade.

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