No. 1 overall recruit Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State


Ypsilanti Lincoln basketball phenom Emoni Bates, the No. 1 prospect in the country for the 2022 class, committed to Michigan State basketball during a live interview on ESPN on Monday.

Draymond Green bleeds Michigan State's green and white.

"They (Michigan State) get all my respect", Bates said, according to ESPN's Jeff Borzello. "I'm big on loyalty and they have shown me all loyalty, so I have to show them love back". They've been very consistent, They really have a genuine care for him and the family.

As a junior in high school, Emoni Bates has chose to take his talents to East Lansing and play for coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans.

Bates is widely considered the best high school prospect in more than a decade.

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Former winners of the Gatorade National Player of the Year award include Chris Webber (1991), Kobe Bryant (1996), LeBron James (2002, 2003), Dwight Howard (2004), Greg Oden (2005, 2006), Bradley Beal (2011), Jabari Parker (2012), Andrew Wiggins (2013), Karl-Anthony Towns (2014), Ben Simmons (2015), Jayson Tatum (2016), RJ Barrett (2018) and James Wiseman (2019).

In his freshman campaign, he averaged 28.5 points and 10.2 rebounds.

That change, though, has yet to happen, and Bates now is poised to attend college, although in making his announcement appeared to leave the door open to other options.

Green spent four years playing for Coach Tom Izzo at Michigan State, and he had his jersey retired by the school in December.