A few days ago we announced that Zion Harmon, the nation’s #1 player in the class of 2021, was returning to the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase; today, Emoni Bates, who many feel is the # 1 player in the class of 2022 will be making his debut at the storied event on September 17th. At 6’5, versatile and highly skilled, Bates has been compared to a young Kevin Durant. The work he put in with the Toledo Wildcats this past season was not only impressive, it has vaulted Bates to the top of the national rankings. With his length, ball skills, IQ and court vision, Bates can play every position on the court. When you talk about upside, Bates is a sure fire high-major prospect with continued growth and development. When we saw the Ypsilanti, MI product at our Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament last April, he dominated the competition and looked like a future pro in the process. If you haven’t seen Bates in action, you’re missing something special!