LANSING, Michigan — Emoni Bates, a five star basketball recruit announced his commitment to Michigan State and change of high school programs on Monday.
Bates plans to spend his final two years of high school at a new prep school that his father, Elgin, is opening this fall.
“Coach [Tom] Izzo and coach [Mike] Garland and that entire MSU staff has been showing love since his seventh grade year. They’ve been very consistent,” Elgin Bates told ESPN. “They really have a genuine care for him and the family. They care for him, not only as a player, but as a person. That’s really big for us as a family and for him as a player.”
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The 6-foot-9 Bates is ranked No. 1 in the ESPN 60 for the class of 2022. Bates is the the first five-star prospect to commit to Michigan State since Jaren Jackson (Memphis Grizzlies) in 2017.