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No. 1 player in class of 2022, Emoni Bates, decommits from Michigan State

(Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

(Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

There’s never a dull day in the world of college basketball, not even in the offseason.

Shortly after news broke of Nolan Hickman’s decision to decommit from the University of Kentucky, the top player from the class of 2022 also decided to opt-out of his future college home–although this one was hardly a surprise. Emoni Bates, rated No. 1 in his entire class by all three of 247 Sports, Rivals, and ESPN, has decommitted from head coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans, Bates tells Tipton Edits.

Texas has already reached out to bates, per Eric Bossi.

The 6-foot-8, 185-pound Bates will reopen his recruitment with the potential that he could join another college or make the leap straight to the pros, most likely the NBA’s G League. The expectation all along, even before Bates picked Michigan State, was that he would spurn college and head to the professional ranks. Considering he’s been the top player in his class since he was a sophomore in high school, this news isn’t all that shocking.

Bates is now the second player from Izzo’s 2022 recruiting class to decommit, joining fellow five-star Enoch Boakye, who backed out of his Michigan State commitment in February before joining Arizona State earlier this month. Bates originally picked the Spartans in June of 2020.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

7 Comments for No. 1 player in class of 2022, Emoni Bates, decommits from Michigan State



  1. 2andToodleLoo
    7:08 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Let me guess – he’s interested in LSU. Would make more money there than G League.



    • Cletis75
      9:29 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      I would guess his family liked the house that Zion’s family had in Durham!



  2. Cokely53
    7:34 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Losing this kid to the pros is a big loss for college. Kid is projected to be very special.



    • Newtype
      7:50 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Eh. Life goes on.



  3. Newtype
    7:50 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Never thought he’d play a second of college ball.



  4. mashman 93
    8:05 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Shocking



  5. DaveT999
    11:59 am May 1, 2021 Permalink

    He could have the talent of the next Jordan, but he needs to add about 50 lbs or he’s going to be manhandled in the pros.