After decommiting from Michigan State this past year, Emoni Bates announces his reclassification to the Class of 2021. G-League is very well in his cards as the high-school phenom lists his final four options.
There have been many players who have been called the “next LeBron James” or the “next Stephen Curry” during their college or even high school days. Obviously, some of these players fold into the high expectations set on them, while the others are always under-appreciated for not being able to live up to the hype which once surrounded them.
Zion Williamson was the recent most player who was considered to be the most hyped player entering the NBA since the King himself. The Pelicans forward was easily one of the most hyped-up players by the media in recent history. Luckily for the 6-foot-8 All-Star, he managed to supersede some of the surreal expectations set for him.
One such high schooler, Emoni Bates is easily one of the best players in his entire class. The Number 1 prospect in the Class of 2022, has people considering him as one of the highly anticipated players ever, to enter the league.
NBA Twitter reacts to Emoni Bates reclassifying into the Class of 2021
It is understandable why he considered being a generational talent. Standing at 6-foot-8, 200 pounds, Bates’ style of play has been compared to Kevin Durant and even Paul George. The 17-year-old was the only sophomore in history to win the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He defeated current NBA #1 pick, Cade Cunningham after he averaged a staggering 33.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game for Lincoln High School.
After announcing his decommission from Michigan State University back in May, the high-school phenom recently reclassified into the Class of 2021. And NBA fans went crazy as soon as Bates made this decision.
Emoni Bates will reclassify and either head to college or the G League this upcoming season, per @GoodmanHoops
Bates, who was the No. 1 player in the 2022 class, will choose between Oregon, Memphis and Michigan State if he goes the college route pic.twitter.com/Qd2JeaXn6e
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 4, 2021
might as well just go g-league. get the check early and you can impress! jalen green just went #2 overall as a g-leaguer!
— noah! (@litz_412) August 5, 2021
Ignite>. You get real nba coaching against guys who have real potential in the nba. College is the last stop for 90% of basketball players
— Miles (@MilesDaryanani) August 4, 2021
This kid…most realistic KD comparison we have seen
— HOOPS EMPIRE (@HoopsEmpire_) August 4, 2021
Emoni also listed his final four options via Instagram. The forward is now down to his final choices which consist of Memphis, Michigan State, Oregon, and even the G-League. As per the new NCAA rules, Bates could very well make profits of his name if he chooses to join any college. Or he could join the G-League, playing alongside top prospects like Jaden Hardy, Michael Foster and Scoot Henderson in the Ignite team.
This is really an interesting situation Bates is in. And eager fans will only have to be patient in seeing where the top high school prospect ends up playing next year.