Emoni Bates, who recently made the cover of Sports Illustrated, is a 15-year-old position less phenomenon (note: thatâs a notch above phenom) from Ypsilanti, Michigan.Halfway through his freshman season at Lincoln High he was already drawing comparisons to Kevin Durant. Michigan State has a real shot at landing the best high school basketball prospet since LeBron James. Good defensively when focused. Sunday to invite him to be on ESPN. It's the latest honor for the Ypsilanti Lincoln standout, who is â¦ Bates, a native of Ypsilanti, Mich., is a 6-foot-8 forward ranked as the top prospect in the class of 2022. 10. He still ranks third in total rebounds with 1,036, trailing only Draymond Green and Greg Kelser, who each played four full seasons while Green played three. The 6-foot-8 small forward from Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan, chose the Spartans over a â¦ but first state title in program history. From there, he was off to the NBA where he would cement himself as one of the legends of the game, being named the league’s MVP three times while winning five NBA titles. (Photo: Dave Reginek, Special to The Detroit News), National Gatorade High School Player of the Year award winner Emoni Bates. Davis did an outstanding job with Emoni the past two years at Lincoln, then worked on moving Lincoln to the SEC Red this season so Emoni could play in one of the top divisions in the state, with Lincoln joining Ann Arbor Huron, Ann Arbor Skyline, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Ypsilanti, Saline and Temperance Bedford. Your body has to rest.”. Davis got a call from E.J. His best season came as a junior in 2006-07 when he averaged 18.1 points and 4.3 assists while making 114 3-pointers, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors and almost single-handedly getting the Spartans to the NCAA Tournament. His No. Our relationship won’t change; he’ll always be welcome in my home and I will be in his. “I just think it’s time to be in a situation where he can continue to grow and develop and also be around like-minded individuals who aspire to play on the higher level and is committed in the gym that can also challenge him every day in practice,” E.J. On Thursday night, the consensus top prospect in the 2022 class, Emoni Bates, who plays for Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan, had a big matchup against Mykel Bingham and Grand Rapids Catholic Central. A career 43-percent shooter from 3-point range, Winston ranks fifth in program history with 259 made triples. Drew Neitzel (2004-08): In a career that began as a freshman on the 2005 Final Four team and ended as the young group led by Kalin Lucas was taking over, Neitzel filled the gap as one of the most versatile guards in the Izzo era, standing out as both a point guard and shooting guard. Bates. Dangerous offensive rebounder. Steve Smith (1987-91): The second-leading scorer in program history, the Detroit native helped Michigan State back to the top of the Big Ten as a junior after going a decade without a conference title. Bates is expected to be joined by Lincoln teammate John McCrear, Dillon Hunter of Atlanta and several other Metro Detroit players, including Javaughn Hannah of Mount Clemens, Orlando Lovejoy of Romulus Summit Academy and possibly four-star guard Jaden Akins of Farmington. He fought through it to help the Spartans earn a title, then emerged as a standout his final two seasons, averaging 21.6 points and 7.7 rebounds as a junior, and 22.6 points and 8.5 rebounds as a senior. In two seasons, the Lansing native averaged 17.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.9 assists, including three separate games of 14 assists. You do not need a Facebook profile to participate. 8. That season, Furlow averaged an MSU-best 29.4 points a game, including 31 points in Big Ten games. Welcome to our new and improved comments, which are for subscribers only. Shawn Respert (1990-95): The all-time leading scorer in Michigan State history, Respert was the Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior and earned consensus first-team All-American honors by averaging 25.6 points per game while making a school-record 119 3-pointers. “They’ve been showing love to me since I was in the seventh grade,” Emoni said of the Spartans. As a junior, Bates will join Ypsi Prep Academy in Ypsilanti. Defending Division 1 state champion Ypsilanti Lincoln will have a new look surrounding the nationâs top player, Emoni Bates. “I don’t have any control of what they were going to do. This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you. According to multiple reports, Bates’ prep school will be run as a Michigan satellite campus to Aim High Academy. 1 prospect in the country for the 2022 class, committed to Michigan State basketball during a â¦ Ralph Simpson (1969-70): Before the era of one-and-done, there was Ralph Simpson. Earvin “Magic” Johnson (1977-79): A program icon whose statue stands outside the Breslin Center, Magic Johnson helped put Michigan State on the map, leading the Spartans to the 1979 national championship. The 6-foot-9 forward led the Railsplitters to a 19-3 record, averaging 32.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals. Tatum knows about dealing with expectations, so he had words of advice for Lincoln High School (Ypsilanti, Michigan) basketball star Emoni Bates, the â¦ Bates averaged 28.5 points and 10.2 rebounds his freshman year, joining four senior starters from an 11-10 team to not only help Lincoln win its first conference championship in 15 years, but first state title in program history. Then he is drafted to play college basketball for Michigan State and viewed as the best high school prospect regardless since high school. Greg Kelser (1975-79)L Known by many as Magic Johnson’s sidekick in the 1979 national title team, Kelser averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in his four seasons and is the only player in program history to score more than 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds. Bates is committed to play college basketball for Michigan State. The 6-foot-9 forward played the first two seasons of his high school career at Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He returned for his senior season and averaged 17 points a game, though the season ended with a first-round tournament loss. 3. Michigan State won the Big Ten championship in all four of Bell’s seasons and reached the Final Four in the last three, bringing home the national championship in 2000. But this had to be in the works for a while because you don’t start a prep school overnight.”. Michigan standout is recognized as the top prospect regardless of class. Bates was asked on SportsCenter why he felt more schools didn’t offer Emoni during the recruiting process? Ypsilanti Lincoln head coach Jesse Davis consults with Ypsilanti Lincoln's Emoni Bates (21) during Ypsilanti Lincoln's home opener against Adrian at Lincoln High School â¦ 16. changed his tune about prep schools, especially his own, when talking about Ypsi Prep Academy on ESPN. All rights reserved. E.J. I’m big on loyalty and they’ve showed me all loyalty, so I have to show them love back.”. 42 has been retired, Peterson earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior, the first to do so without being a starter. 1 basketball prospect just so happens to play in Michigan and his name is Emoni Bates if Ypsilanti Lincoln High School. © 2020 The Detroit News, a Digital First Media Newspaper. 1 pick if league commissioner Adam Silver gives Bates’ 2022 class the right to immediately enter the draft. 7. 21 retired. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Emoni James-Wayne Bates (born January 28, 2004) is a high school basketball player who attends Ypsi Prep Academy in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In the first matchup of the year, Lincoln went to Ypsilanti's sold-out gym and beat the Grizzlies 68-56 behind Emoni Bates' 43 points. 1 in the ESPN 25 for the Class of 2022 and is considered the best high school prospect in â¦ Charlie Bell (1997-2001): A prolific scorer coming out of Flint, Bell was part of one of the most impressive stretches in team history. A consensus first-team All-American in 1999 and one of 10 players to have his number retired, Cleaves still holds the program record with 20 assists in a game. Whatever he wants to do, I’m on his side. Respert, who along with Johnny Green had his No. 12. Bates, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, was on â¦ A small forward, he stands 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) and weighs 205 pounds (93 kg). 6. I feel like we can get it done here (Lincoln) and still say on course to accomplish our ultimate goal (of reaching the NBA). Michigan State's perseverance appears to pay off with commitment of Emoni Bates. The 6-foot-9 Ypsilanti, Mich. native is already penciled in as the top pick whenever heâs able to â¦ Watch as Bates is thrown to the ground as he goes in for a layup. Bell started 136 games during his time and as a senior, was forced to play point guard and still was first-team All-Big Ten and named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press. Emoni didn’t plan on reclassifying and would be a junior in the fall at Lincoln. He earned All-American honors as well as a spot on the All-Big Ten first team as a senior, scoring 23 points a game and handing out four assists. E.J. Bates averaged 31 points and 10 rebounds this past season, scoring 40 or more points five times, including a 63-point, 21-rebound performance in a double-overtime win over Chelsea. Analysts have called him the best high school prospect regardless of class. Sam Vincent (1981-85): Vincent shared the court with Scott Skiles for the bulk of his career, yet still managed to pile up 1,851 points, good for eighth in Michigan State history. 11. A consensus second-team All-American as a senior whose No. Honorable mention: Paul Davis, Maurice Ager, Jason Richardson (pictured), Gary Harris, Eric Snow, Alan Anderson, Bryn Forbes, Raymar Morgan, Chris Hill, Keith Appling, Shannon Brown, Nick Ward, Andre Hutson, Durrell Summers, Branden Dawson, Matt Steigenga, Adreian Payne, Kirk Manns, Julius McCoy, Horace Walker, Kevin Willis, Matt Costello. Scott Skiles (1982-86): One of the most fiery players in program history, Skiles was a consensus second-team All-American as a senior in 1986, the same season he averaged 27.4 points and 6.5 assists. Emoni Bates, a 16-year-old phenom out of Michigan, became the first high school sophomore to ever be named Gatoradeâs National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Quick twitch athlete who moves feet well and is quick off the floor. 32 hangs in the Breslin rafters, was especially effective in the postseason, highlighted by the ’79 title run when he averaged 25.4 points and 10.6 rebounds in five games, highlighted by 34 points against Notre Dame in the regional final. You’re playing 30-to-40 games, then you go to AAU season, then some guys go to USA Basketball – when do you get a break? Bates, of Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan, this year became the first sophomore to be named the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Not many high school basketball players can say they got the best of Emoni Bates during his two seasons at Ypsilanti Lincoln, but theyâll all have stories to tell in the future. 1 Pick In This Yearâs NBA Draft If Eligible, Experts Say ... Ypsilanti Lincoln Railsplitter sophomore Emoni Bates in ... Bates â¦ Please be polite. Elite, elite prospect. Considered the best high school â¦ 4. Valentine is fourth in program history in assists (639), won a Big Ten title and helped MSU reach the 2015 Final Four. Nationally Ranked High School Players (per 247) #1 Emoni Bates (YPSI Prep Academy) Class of 2022 #4 Amari Bailey (Sierra Canyon School) Class of â¦ You will need to register before adding a comment. It’s just because you beat up your body for too long. And while it’s possible that he will never even step on Breslin Center’s floor to play for the Spartans, the accompanying big news was that Bates will be playing his final two years of high school basketball at a prep school created by his father, E.J. National Gatorade High School Player of the Year award winner Emoni Bates of Ypsilanti Lincoln announced Monday that he committed to Michigan State. Mike Robinson (1971-74): Had Robinson been able to play as a freshman, there’s no telling where he might stand in the MSU record book. Denzel Valentine (2012-16): The Lansing native enjoyed one of the best individual seasons in MSU history as a senior, averaging 19.2 points, 7.8 assists and 7.5 rebounds while earning national player of the year honors from the Associated Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and the NABC as well as being named Big Ten Player of the Year.