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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

Tags: NBA G League Ignite, Michigan State Spartans, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, D-League Teams

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Duke Freshman Jalen Johnson Opting Out Of Season To Prepare For Draft

Feb 16, 2021 1:13 AM

Duke freshman Jalen Johnson announced that he is opting out of the rest of the season to prepare for the NBA Draft.

"Coach (Mike Krzyzewski), my teammates and the program have been nothing but supportive throughout this season, especially during the rehab of my foot injury. My family, coach and I have made the decision that I should not play the remainder of this season so I can be 100 percent healthy in preparation for the NBA Draft," said Johnson in a released statement.

Johnson averaged 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds in 13 games at Duke.

Johnson is currently ranked No. 6 in ESPN's draft rankings. 

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Jalen Johnson, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft Declarations

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2021 NBA Draft

Feb 12, 2021 3:52 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down 2021 NBA Draft prospects.

They discuss Cade Cunningham’s season so far, Evan Mobley’s NBA potential, Jalen Suggs’ ideal role, the exciting G-League Ignite team and much more.

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RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Cade Cunningham, Jalen Suggs, Jonathan Kuminga, Evan Mobley, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, RealGM Radio

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