Michigan offers class of 2022 phenom Emoni Bates

Michigan extended a scholarship offer to class of 2022 forward Emoni Bates today.

Bates is widely regarded as the best high school prospect, regardless of class, and led Ypsilanti Lincoln to a state championship as a freshman last season.

Most expect Bates to skip college and head straight to the NBA Draft, assuming that the NBA eliminates the one-and-done rule ahead of the 2022 draft. There has been some speculation that Bates could reclassify to the 2021 class and attend college for a season.

Bates was offered a scholarship by Michigan State last week at the Nike Peach Jam, where he averaged 32 points, 10 rebounds, four assists per game and shot nearly 55 percent from the floor.

New Michigan coach Juwan Howard has an existing relationship with Bates’ father:

Bates and Howard have known each other more than 25 years; one of his cousins and Howard are apparently very close. Bates said he’s been good friends with Howard for so long, they went to Chris Webber’s draft party together in 1993.

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  1. Ethan

    Did you make an account just to say this?

  2. Voltron_Blue

    I personally take no issue with using “we/us” in general but I’d say for alumni to refer to their alma mater that way is unassailable.

  3. bluejayway

    I try shy away from “we” and “our” in citing any of U-M’s teams (or any team, for that matter) but reference it as “U-M’s team” or “the team” and myself as a “U-M fan.” It’s not because I don’t feel a personal connection from my avid fandom to the team, nor do I feel like I’m less “part of it” because I graduated elsewhere (CMU), but because I try to be careful to separate personal investment in how I perceive the sports teams I follow. I watch; I don’t participate, and I have zero influence on any of this. I do agree, though, that alumni are perfectly within acceptable vernacular of “we” and “us” when referring to their alma mater. I personally shy away from “us” and “we” for CMU’s basketball team because, well, they consistently suck.

  4. kturnup

    That makes a lot of sense. I try to do the same at times. But sometimes it’s just easier to say we/us. Calling someone out for saying it on a forum of fans is not a winning battle though (not referring to you of course).

  5. Boards

    It’s not how I generally refer to
    Michigan or any team I follow. However it was a conscious decision given the tone of that post (it was supposed to be fun). I am a fan and member of this board/community for enjoyment; just trying to share some joy and optimism between news and speculation. Trying to be a positive person where I can.

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