Memphis freshman Emoni Bates will miss Thursday's game against UC Bearcats, per report

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Memphis Tigers guard Emoni Bates shoots the ball over Cincinnati Bearcats guard Mika Adams-Woods at FedExForum on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.
Memphis Tigers guard Emoni Bates shoots the ball over Cincinnati Bearcats guard Mika Adams-Woods at FedExForum on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.

Memphis freshman Emoni Bates, expected to be among the top picks in the 2023 NBA Draft, will not play in the Tigers' game Thursday against the Bearcats in Cincinnati, according to a report Tuesday night via Twitter from Jake Fischer.

As it turns out, the game was postponed by the winter storm being forecasted.

Fischer added in the tweet that Bates' "future with the program has suddenly come into question."

ESPN's Jeff Borzello reported late Tuesday that Bates' father said his son is dealing with back pain and plans to return to the basketball court for Memphis when healthy.

More from Borzello:

Elgin Bates said his son - the No. 3 prospect in the ESPN 100 for the 2021 class - is questionable for Memphis' game on Thursday at Cincinnati.

"He has an appointment to see a specialist back home about his back," Elgin Bates said. "He's been having pain the past three weeks, and we're going to figure out what's going on."

Bates has averaged 10.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 16 games this season for the Tigers, which are 11-8 overall and 5-4 in the American Athletic Conference.

Bates scored 12 points with seven rebounds and six assists in 21 minutes off the bench in Memphis' 87-80 win against UC on Jan. 9.

Thursday's game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.

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