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The Best Player In High School And It’s Not Close

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Basketball: USA Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp
Oct 6, 2018; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; USA Men’s Junior National Team participant Emoni Bates (63) during minicamp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. 
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Emoni Bates is 6-9 and very slender. He’s just a high school sophomore and widely considered the best player in high school regardless of class. He showed a brilliant game at Peach Jam and has been consistently compared to Kevin Durant.

But Bates has an interesting problem: he isn’t getting much attention.

It seems odd, but there’s a logical reason: he’s likely to be in the first class after the one-and-done rule is rescinded and everyone expects him to go pro straight out of high school.

Michigan State has offered and so has FSU, but we understand that’s it.

It’s strange to consider but if he lets people know he wants to spend some time in college, rest assured the offers will pour in.

Here’s some Peach Jam video to give you and idea of why people are so excited. The only way this kid shouldn’t be great would be if, somehow, he or his family or people close to him trip him up. Assuming that doesn’t happen, and we have no reason to expect that it will, he’s going to be something special.

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