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Emoni Bates Reclassifies For 2021 Incoming College Class

Aug 4, 2021 9:05 PM

Emoni Bates is reclassifying for the 2021 incoming class and could enroll in college for the upcoming season.

Bates announced on Instagram he's down to four options: Michigan State, where he decommitted from in the spring, Oregon, Memphis and the G League.

Bates doesn't turn 18 until January, so he is too young to enter the 2022 NBA draft.

Bates could end up playing college basketball for two years, or go to college for one year and then play in the G League or elsewhere for a year before entering the 2023 draft.


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Dior Johnson Announces Commitment To Oregon

Jun 23, 2021 1:21 AM

Dior Johnson, the No. 15 prospect in ESPN's class of 2022, committed to Oregon on Tuesday.

"I wanted to commit now because I felt like Oregon was the place for me. I am a person who is big on relationships and trust. The relationship I have been able to establish with Coach Altman is special and being that he is a legendary coach, I feel that learning from him on a daily basis on and off the court will be huge for my development," said the five-star prospect.

Johnson initially committed to Syracuse in February 2020 before reopening his recruitment.

Johnson has played for several high profile schools, including Findlay Prep, IMG and Oak Hill Academy. He is currently undecided as to where he will play his senior season before enrolling at Oregon. 

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Franck Kepnang Announces Commitment To Oregon

Oct 10, 2020 5:42 PM

Franck Kepnang officially announced his commitment to Oregon on Saturday.

Kepnang, ranked No. 22 in ESPN's Top 100 prospects, is the third top-100 player in Oregon's 2021 class.

Kepnang is a fifth-year senior and could enroll in midyear this season, sources told ESPN.

The 6-foot-11 Kepnang is considered "one of the most imposing big men in the class and physically ready for the next level right now," according to ESPN.

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Johnathan Lawson Commits To Oregon

Oct 8, 2020 1:19 AM

Johnathan Lawson announced his commitment to Oregon on Wednesday.

Lawson is ranked No. 47 in ESPN's Top 100 for the 2021 class.

Lawson chose Oregon over Vanderbilt, Alabama, Arkansas and Iowa State.

"A true facilitator who demonstrates the ability to make others better, Lawson's great positional size, handle and vision allows him to be a dangerous playmaker. When it comes to scoring, he produces from a variety of spots on the floor, which gives him versatility. His outside shot is capable but needs work. His defensive length is also a major plus at this stage of his career," said ESPN national recruiting director Paul Biancardi. 

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