Following a rollercoaster freshman season at Memphis, former five-star Emoni Bates entered the transfer portal in April. After weighing his options, Bates has trimmed his list of schools down to six: Michigan, Louisville, Seton Hall, Arkansas, DePaul, and Eastern Michigan.
The Ypsilanti, MI native was tabbed as a generational prospect in high school, originally committing to Michigan State before heading to Memphis. Injuries hindered Bates’ availability, playing in just 18 games and averaging 9.7 PPG and 3.3 RPG.
After reclassifying to the class of 2021, Bates will not be eligible for the NBA Draft until 2023. This leaves the 6-foot-9 forward playing at the collegiate level for another season, where he will be an 18-year old sophomore for the first half of the season.
As the NBA Draft deadline to withdrawal approaches, Bates’ decision could be impacted by the return of players at both Michigan and Arkansas. Check back into The Portal Report for updates and analysis on the recruitment of the former No. 1 overall recruit.
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