Emoni Bates, one of the best young basketball players in the country, returns home to play for EMU

Emoni Batesonce one of the hottest basketball rookies in the nation, makes national headlines as he returns home to play for Eastern Michigan University.

Since they began tracking high school basketball recruiting, there has never been a player of Bates’ caliber to sign with EMS or a Mid-American Conference school.

bates drives Lincoln High School to a state championship as a freshman, then became the first sophomore to win the Gatorade National Player of the Year Award. It put him on the Sports Illustrated cover.

After spending his freshman season at University of Memphishe returns to Ypsilanti.

Scott Wetherbee is the sports director of EMU.

“It was really about going home, going back to where he played a lot of his games in high school, having the opportunity to be with his family and friends here, which is what he was back with. ‘easy.”

Bates, who is 18, is not eligible for the NBA draft until next year.

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