Michigan State Basketball: 3 reasons Emoni Bates will play college ball

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2. Not interested in G-League

Many top players, like we saw with Michigan and Isaiah Todd, are choosing to go the G-League route to make some quick money for a year instead of attending college.

The overwhelming belief was that Emoni Bates would do the same thing if the one-and-done rule isn’t changed by the time the 2022 NBA Draft rolls around. That doesn’t seem to be the route Emoni wants to go.

In an interview with Jeff Borzello, Emoni and his father essentially shot down the notion that the No. 1 overall prospect would choose the G-League over college ball, if presented with that opportunity.

Saying “I don’t really plan on, I don’t think I’ll do it” and “I don’t think I’ll head that route” is music to Michigan State fans’ ears.

Michigan State could get at least a year of Bates if the rule change doesn’t happen in time or if he reclassifies which would be a massive victory for Tom Izzo. Bates not showing much interest in the G-League is a refreshing development.