YPSILANTI, MI (AP) Emony Bates, one of the top 2021 men’s basketball recruits, says he’s transferring from Memphis to East Michigan.
Bates, in an Instagram post on Wednesday, announced his decision to return to his hometown of Ypsilanti to play for the Eagles of the Mid-American Conference. An EMU spokesman said he could not confirm Bates’ transfer.
Bates averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in his first season at Memphis and started 13 of 18 games. He missed 15 games with a back injury before appearing in two games in the Tigers’ NCAA Tournament.
The 6-foot-9 forward announced in April that he would be leaving Memphis and later said he would choose between Michigan, Arkansas, Seton Hall, DePaul, Louisville and Eastern Michigan.
Bates was originally on track to make it to the 2022 recruiting class, but last summer he reclassified to the 2021 class and signed with Penny Hardaway in Memphis after being fired from Michigan State.
Eastern Michigan was 10-21 overall and 5-15 in the MAC last season and hasn’t competed in the NCAA Tournament since 1998.
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