Bates, a five-star rising senior from Ypsilanti, will reclassify graduating classes and is considering MSU, Memphis and Oregon as well as the G League, a source confirmed to the Free Press on Wednesday. Elgin Bates said in January his son was eligible to reclassify but that decision would be left to Emoni.
Now, he can play in the 2021-22 season, if he chooses to go to college. The 6-foot-9 forward said last month he was deciding between five schools and three pro leagues.
Bates had been committed to Michigan State, but in April reopened his options — and the Spartans' scholarship options for his class. His popularity on social media, along with the NCAA's recent relaxation of name, image and likeness compensation rules, could make him one of college sports' top earners.
After averaging about 25 points a game at Ypsi Prep, Bates has played some on the travel circuit this summer.
Elgin Bates has previously said Ypsi Prep will continue to train young basketball players regardless of Emoni's plans for the upcoming season.
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