By committing to Eastern Michigan, Emoni Bates could be repeating mistakes that stunted once-promising career

The former basketball prodigy is trying to reset his career,

but will EMU be the right environment to do it?

In October 2019, at the age of 15, Emoni Bates was on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Those were the words beside Bates' face Underneath 

his chin, it read "Magic, Michael, LeBron ... And the 15-year-old Who's Next in Line.

In the second paragraph of the accompanying story, written

by Michael Rosenberg, a college assistant called Bates "the best player I've ever seen."

In June 2022, at the age of 18, Emoni Bates announced a 

commitment to Eastern Michigan, where he'll try to bounce back from 

arguably the most disappointing season any college player just had. 

So that should tell you all you need to know about how the past three 

 years have unfolded for the one-time prodigy who has 

turned into a player basically no relevant program wanted to bring to campus this summer.

Less than a year ago, Bates was ranked as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2022.