Could Texas basketball be one of the best schools for 5-star SF Emoni Bates?
The work new head coach Chris Beard and his team are doing on the Texas 2022 basketball recruiting class track could make for something really special for this program. Texas could rebound from a volatile end to the 2021 recruiting cycle with a very strong and deep 2022 class.
While there isn’t a single entry into the 2022 Longhorns class yet, Beard is certainly knocking on the door with quite a few elite prospects for this cycle. Beard and the Longhorns could land several five-star engagements in the 2022 class with the way they are playing right now.
But there’s no bigger name circulating across various media and fan circles in the college hoop recruiting landscape right now than Ypsi Prep Academy’s elite five-star little forward Emoni Bates. Head coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans’ former Big Ten engagement received his first offer from Beard and the Longhorns after he reopened his recruitment last month.
It was precisely on April 30 that Bates announced his release from the state of Michigan.
In fact, the only three schools to offer Bates since he reopened his recruiting on April 30 were Texas, Tennessee Volunteers and Memphis Tigers.
Texas basketball on the court with 5 Star SF Emoni Bates
Texas, Tennessee and Memphis are three of eight schools on Bates’ offer sheet as of the night of May 29. Some of the other schools include the Michigan Wolverines, Florida State Seminoles, and Kentucky Wildcats.
California native Bates is ranked among the nation’s top high school prospects for 2022. This little 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward is as good as they can get for the Longhorns to start their 2022 class. But they’ll have to fight against it. Bates’ intention to take his talents on the professional path instead of the traditional college path.
This is not to mention schools like Tennessee and Memphis which seem to put a full press on the recruitment of Bates.
But according to a 247Sports article published at the weekend’s entry, Texas is a school essentially seen as a school to watch if Bates decides to go the traditional college route. Of the college offerings Bates has so far, Texas appears to be one of the pioneers right now to land his engagement.
We’ll have to give him a few months for the Baets recruiting to unfold before we can really know where his intentions lie between college and pro courses.
Former Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Beard has made Bates a priority as he approaches a critical month of official visits in June. It should only be a matter of time before Texas earn their first entry into the 2022 class.