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.


Tags: Bronny James, High School, NCAA

Top Prospect Amari Bailey Commits To UCLA

Feb 18, 2021 1:26 AM

Amari Bailey announced his commitment to UCLA on Wednesday.

The shooting guard is ranked No. 3 in ESPN's class of 2022.

"He's a clever ball handler who changes his speeds and direction with purpose when navigating a defense. He's somewhat underrated as a versatile backcourt defender who will rebound and start the fast break. He owns an on-court presence and offensive instincts that remind me of D'Angelo Russell," said ESPN's Paul Biancardi.

Bailey is also a candidate to reclassify into the class of 2021. 

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Tags: Amari Bailey, UCLA Bruins, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

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. 

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

Terry Porter Fired As Portland Pilots Head Coach

Feb 6, 2021 5:03 PM

Terry Porter was fired as the head coach of the Portland Pilots on Saturday.

"I would like to thank Coach Porter for his service to the University. The timing of these changes is never ideal, especially with all the disruptions this season that have been brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Scott Leykam, Portland's vice president for athletics. 

Porter was hired in 2016, but the program has yet to win more than four conference games in a season during his time.

The Pilots have won just one conference game since the 2017-18 season. 

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Tags: Terry Porter, NCAA