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Friday / April 10.
  • Emoni Bates, No. 1 in 2022, to visit Michigan State for Maryland game

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Depending on what happens with the NBA’s age limit, Emoni Bates may never spend a day in college.

    The Class of 2022 star has been compared to a young Kevin Durant, and may go straight from the preps to the pros if the one-and-done rule is collectively bargained out by 2022, as I wrote in this Forbes.com piece last summer.

    But for now, head coach Tom Izzo and his staff are actively recruiting the Michigan native — in case he does end up in college three years from now.

    After taking an official visit to Michigan State last September, the 6-foot-8 Bates will trip to the campus on Saturday for the Maryland game, his father, Elgin, told ZAGSBLOG.

    Asked what Michigan State’s message was, Elgin said, “It’s always been keep doing what we’ve been doing. We’re doing a great job.”

    Elgin added that in terms of recruiting, Michigan State and Eastern Michigan are the only schools “showing love” right now.

    On Tuesday, Bates went for 42 points in a game. Last Friday, he posted a triple-double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

    It may turn out that Bates never spends a day on a college campus. But if the rule doesn’t change, he could end up going to college.

    And Michigan State is putting in the work.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.