Coming out of high school, Emoni Bates was one of the most sought-after recruits, receiving offers from just about every major program while ranking fifth overall at 247 Sports.
Bates eventually passed on the G-League and overseas opportunities to play with Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers, joining 5-star recruit (No. 6 overall) Jalen Duren.
Let’s just say his time there hasn’t quite gone as planned, and this may be yet another top recruit that Hardaway loses before their career at Memphis takes off.
The 7-foot center played in just three games before stepping away and preparing for the draft, not wanting to deal with issues over his eligibility which was linked back to the recruitment process.
As for Bates, it looks like his future at the college is also up in the air.
Sources: Emoni Bates will not play in Memphis' game at Cincinnati on Thursday, as his future with the program has suddenly come into question. Bates has been projected as a 2023 NBA Draft prospect and had previous contact with OTE and overseas opportunities.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) February 2, 2022
Now, Bates has made it far longer than Wiseman and doesn’t appear to be dealing with the same issues.
So far this season, Bates has played in 16 games and is averaging 10.4 points per game, shooting just under 39% from the field. Bates is connecting on just 33% of his attempts from 3-point range.
Memphis, a team projected to be a powerhouse prior to the season, is now just 11-8 and 5-4 in conference play. The upside isn’t there, and without Bates, things could go from bad to worse.