Credit: 247Sports and USA Basketball
Emoni Bates and LeBron James Jr., aka Bronny, faced off in a highly anticipated AAU game on Saturday, with James’ Strive For Greatness team beating Bates Fundamentals 93-73 at Pacers Athletic Center in Westfield, Indiana.
Daniels wrote that Bates could be the best freshman prospect since LeBron James and offered the following scouting report:
“Bates was sensational, showing his full scoring arsenal. From breaking down defenders off the dribble to nailing tough pull-up jumpers from mid-range and three to showing exceptional vision and passing ability, Bates did it all. His 43-point, 11-rebound outing was effortless. It was likely just a precursor of what his high school career will look like.”
Bates, a 6’7″ forward, received much praise from onlookers, including Eric Bossi of Rivals and Kyle Tucker of The Athletic:
Eric Bossi @ebosshoops
Emoni Bates is just an unreal prospect. Size, athleticism, skill, motor and he’s a big time competitor. Hard to reconcile what he’s capable of with him only being 15 years old.
Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_ATH
Emoni Bates just finished his freshman season in high school. He’s probably going to be the first HS-to-NBA player drafted after one-and-done ends. Had 43 and 11 vs. L