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Saturday / August 15.
  • Emoni Bates, Ypsi Prep filling up their dance card with elite hoops events

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Class of 2022 Michigan State commit Emoni Bates and his Ypsi Prep teammates are committed to playing at some of the top high school basketball events in the nation during the upcoming season.

    Ypsi Prep will play at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest Nov. 27-28 in Dallas and the Holiday Hoopfest Dec. 11-12 in Miami.

    Bates and company are also slated to play at the prestigious Hoophall Classic against IMG Academy (FL) in Springfield, Mass. on Jan. 18 (MLK Day).

    IMG Academy, which claimed the GEICO High School Nationals Championship in 2019, has reloaded with the additions of Lynn Greer III, who comes over after having been teammates at Roman Catholic with new Montverde (FL) Academy additions Justice Williams and Jalen Duren for the past two seasons, Jett Howard, the son of Michigan head coach Juwan Howard who is making the move from University City, and Jaden Bradley, an elite guard who’s transferring from Cannon School (N.C.).

    The 6-foot-8 Bates, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2022, committed to Michigan State last month. If the NBA one-and-done rule changes by then, he could go straight from the preps to the pros. If it doesn’t, he will suit up for Tom Izzo for a year.

    Bates also announced he will play for the new Ypsi Prep team coached by his father Elgin.

    “It’s my hometown. I didn’t really want to leave, so I’ll stay here until it’s time for otherwise,” Bates told wzyz.com. “You never want to leave your foundation, you know? Home is home. If we can do it here, why not do it here? Family support, community, there’s nothing better than being home.” Elgin Bates told the site, adding that Emoni and the family turned down offers to play at basketball schools across the country.

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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.