Top recruit Bates picks Michigan State

Emoni Bates, considered one of the best high school basketball recruits since LeBron James, announced his commitment to Michigan State on Monday.”I don’t know what the future may hold, but as I do know right now, I will be committed to Michigan State University,” Bates said live on ESPN’s SportsCenter.”They’ve been showing love to me since I was in seventh grade. They’ve been recruiting me hard since then. … I’m big on loyalty, and they showed me all loyalty, so I’ve gotta show them love back.”He also announced Monday that he will attend a new prep school in Ypsilanti that his father, Elgin, plans to open in the fall.Bates, who turned 16 in late January, is currently a member of the 2022 class. The 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward became the first sophomore ever to be names Gatorade National Player of the Year last year, when he averaged 33.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals for Lincoln High in Ypsilanti, Mich.It’s unclear if Bates will reclassify to join the 2021 class early, or if he will turn professional before ever playing in college. He is on track to graduate after his junior year, but unless rules change, he cannot enter the NBA draft until after he turns 19.