Emoni Bates, the No. 1 high schooler in the country across multiple outlets, is reportedly reclassifying from the Class of 2022 to 2021, per Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.
Goodman cites Bates will consider multiple colleges, including Oregon, or head to the G League. Possibly having Bates and Dior Johnson as Ducks would put the program on the map with their high-profile recruits.
It’s rare for the program to get one five-star recruit, let alone possibly two.
Bates, a 6-foot-10, lanky forward with guard-life skills has been one of the more heralded high schoolers in recent memory. As a sophomore, he became the first student-athlete to ever win the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
With him reclassifying and likely being a one-and-done prospect, it’ll be interesting to see what happens in regards to his draft eligibility. If he heads to the G League, he would join Scoot Henderson, another reclassifying five-star prospect.
The NBA has draft requirements for players to be 19-years-old during the draft calendar year. With Bates being 17-years-old, and 18 in 2022, he won’t be draft-eligible until 2023. Which adds some intrigue as to why he would reclassify. The move likely means he'll do two seasons in college or the G League, or maybe a season in each.