Emoni Bates

Updated on 11/11/22.  Written by Alan Lu.

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

Projected Draft Range: Mid 1st to 2nd Round

Pros:

Solid shooter
Solid scorer off the dribble
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Moves well off the ball on offense
Adequate playmaker
Adequate rebounder for his size
Good athlete

Cons:

Streaky shooter
Can be careless on offense, which can lead to turnovers
Can tend to force the issue too much on offense
Not an elite rebounder
Can be undisciplined defensively
Can be too inconsistent in games
Potential character risk, was involved in a major off-court incident

Summary:

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 struggled to shoot last 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 last year. In the offseason, he was arrested on a gun charge and was suspended from his team, but has since been reinstated. Since then, he scored 30 points in his team’s early season loss to Michigan. Currently, he projects to go in the mid first to the second round range for the 2023 draft.

Links:
RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
Wikipedia Bio
Ann Arbor News’ Article on Bates’ Back Injury
ESPN’s Article on Bates Transferring to Eastern Michigan
Detroit Free Press’ Article That Mentions Bates’ Arrest and Off-Court Incident
ESPN’s Article Mentions Charges Against Bates Set To Be Dismissed, Bates Reinstated to Team

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
11/11/22 Eastern Michigan vs. Michigan

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