Emoni Bates: All eyes on the next steps of Michigan State engagement

Emoni Bates, the world’s biggest basketball prospect, got engaged to Michigan State on Monday, and this would be a simple story if it happened in 1990 instead of 2020. It’s not that simple. Bates loves MSU. He has joined the coaches there. He has expressed great interest in attending college. And he could never go.

Meanwhile, he has bold plans. Bates’s father, EJ, tells him Illustrated Sports that Emoni is leaving Ypsilanti (Mich.) Lincoln High School to start his own preparatory school, Ypsilanti Prep Aim High. At least eight other prospects will join her there. The plan is for a national schedule, with games in professional and college arenas like Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, the Breslin Center in East Lansing and the East Michigan Convocation Center. EJ Bates, who trains Emoni at Bates Basics, will be the Ypsilanti Prep Aim High head coach.