Emoni James-Wayne Bates (born January 28, 2004) is an American basketball player who attends Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan. A small forward, he stands 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) and weighs 205 pounds (93 kg).
Ypsilanti Lincoln High School
$500k – 750k
Ypsilanti, United States
He is a consensus five-star recruit and the number one player in the 2022 recruiting class. Bates is committed to play college basketball for Michigan State. Analysts have called him the best high school prospect regardless of class.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Bates was viewed as a top prospect since middle school. As a freshman at Lincoln High School, he led his team to a state championship while earning Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year and MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year honors. In his following season, Bates became the first sophomore to win the Gatorade National Player of the Year award