Prep basketball star Emoni Bates reopening his recruitment

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FILE- In this Thursday, March 4, 2021, file photo, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan State and coach Tom Izzo are in an unfamiliar position. This time, Michigan State needed a late surge just to get into the Big Dance, and theyll have to win an extra game, too. The Spartans (15-12) will face UCLA (17-9) on Thursday in a First Four matchup of No. 11 seeds in the East Region.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) Michigan prep basketball star Emoni Bates said Friday he is reopening his recruitment after he said last year he was heading to Michigan State.

Bates, of Ypsilanti, is considered the top recruit in the country for the class of 2022, according to 247Sports. He posted a message on social media in which he thanked Michigan State coach Tom Izzo but said he was reopening his recruitment.

''I'm not sure what my future holds but I am keeping all of my options open, both college and pro,'' he said.

In 2020, Bates was named Gatorade's national player of the year, the first sophomore to win the award. He announced on ESPN in June he would play for the Spartans.

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