Emoni Bates

Updated on 6/29/22.  Written by Alan Lu.

Height: 6-8
Weight: 195
College: Eastern Michigan
Classification: Sophomore
Birthdate: 1/28/2004

Projected Draft Range: Mid 1st Round


Decent shooter
Decent scorer off the dribble
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Adequate playmaker
Adequate defender
Good athlete
May have significant upside


Streaky shooter
Can be careless on offense, which can lead to turnovers
Can tend to force the issue too much on offense
Needs to improve his rebounding
Can be undisciplined defensively
Needs to get stronger
Can be too inconsistent in games


Emoni Bates is a very athletic, skilled swingman that has solid all-around skills.  He is a scorer that can make shots in a variety of ways, and he also has a lot of range on his shot.  He is also a good ball-handler that can ably create shots for himself and others, and he is a rangy defender that can get steals and block shots. 

On the downside, he can sometimes try to do too much at times, which can lead him to commit turnovers and fouls.  He also really struggling to shoot this year at Memphis, and after he started off playing a good first 3 games of the season, Bates has had trouble consistently making shots, and he also missed a lot of time due to a back injury. Bates is a very talented prospect, but he’s struggled to consistently knock down shots this year. Currently, he is a mid first round prospect for the 2023 draft.

RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
Wikipedia Bio
Ann Arbor News’ Article on Bates’ Back Injury
ESPN’s Article on Bates Transferring to Eastern Michigan

Games Scouted:
11/16/21 Memphis vs. Saint Louis
12/14/21 Memphis vs. Alabama
3/17/22 Memphis vs. Boise State
3/19/22 Memphis vs. Gonzaga

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