Basketball Wiretap

Emoni Bates Widley Expected To Choose G League Over Michigan State Before NBA Draft

Mar 3, 2021 11:14 AM

Emoni Bates committed to Michigan State in the incoming class of 2022 and is projected to be the top overall pick in the 2023 NBA draft, but he may instead go straight to the G League.

"Of all the sources interviewed for this story, those existing in and out of the Bates camp, no one seems to believe Emoni will play at Michigan State," writes Brandon Quinn at The Athletic. "Instead, Bates most likely will wait for a professional contract, probably the most lucrative deal the G League can muster, and turn professional before heading to the NBA."

Tom Izzo was unaware of Bates' decision to commit to Michigan State until the day before his announcement. The Bates family, however, knew for months they'd commit to Michigan State. 

“As of now, everything still stands as it was,” E.J. Bates says, wearing a knowing smile. “Kids are kids, and kids make decisions all the time. Michigan State is still the place that he loves. They embraced him. They showed him love and they continue to show him love. They’ve always been good to him, so I don’t see a switch up or anything. Now, if things change, or some rules change, you know — who knows? Because Michigan State, that’s one dream. The NBA is another dream. I don’t know. At the end of the day, it’s Emoni’s decision on what he wants to do.”

Brandon Quinn/The Athletic

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Bronny James Undergoes Surgery To Repair Torn Meniscus

Feb 25, 2021 10:11 PM

Bronny James has undergone surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

James suffered the injury at practice earlier this month.

James is a sophomore at Sierra Canyon School, which hasn't played any official games this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic but has plans to play a spring basketball season.

James averaged 4.1 points in 15 minutes per game as a freshman last season.


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2021 McDonald's All American Game Roster Released

Feb 24, 2021 1:20 AM

The 2021 McDonald's All American Game roster was released on Tuesday, highlighted by ESPN 100 No. 1 prospect Chet Holmgren.

Michigan, who have the No. 1 recruiting class of 2021, lead the way with three signees in Caleb Houston, Moussa Diabate, and Kobe Bufkin.

Holmgren is currently uncommitted.

The actual game will not be played for the second consecutive season due to the pandemic.

The complete boy's roster is below, followed by ESPN's rankings:

Chet Holmgren (No. 1, uncommitted)

Jaden Hardy (No. 2, uncommitted)

Paolo Banchero (No. 3, Duke)

Patrick Baldwin Jr. (No. 4, uncommitted)

Jabari Smith (No. 5, Auburn)

Michael Foster (No. 6, uncommitted)

Caleb Houstan (No. 7, Michigan)

Moussa Diabate (No. 8, Michigan)

Nate Bittle (No. 9, Oregon)

Kennedy Chandler (No. 10, Tennessee)

J.D. Davison (No. 11, Alabama)

Peyton Watson (No. 12, UCLA)

Hunter Sallis (No. 13, uncommitted)

A.J. Griffin (No. 14, Duke)

Max Christie (No. 15, Michigan State)

Harrison Ingram (No. 16, Stanford)

Daimion Collins (No. 17, Kentucky)

Aminu Mohammed (No. 18, Georgetown)

Trevor Keels (No. 19, uncommitted)

Kendall Brown (No. 20, Baylor)

Nolan Hickman (No. 28, Kentucky)

Daeshun Ruffin (No. 36, Ole Miss)

Jackson Grant (No. 39, Washington)

Kobe Bufkin (No. 47, Michigan)

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

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McDonald's All American Games Canceled For Second Straight Year

Feb 19, 2021 1:08 AM

The McDonald's All American Games was canceled for the second straight year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

McDonald's will still announce the 48 player roster - 24 girls and 24 boys - in a virtual ceremony later in February.

McDonald's announced over 700 nominees for the 2021 games on Thursday.

Shane Laflin/ESPN

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