Eastern Michigan Welcomes Emoni Bates; Keyontae Johnson Transfers to Kansas State
Eastern Michigan – Six-foot-nine guard Emoni Bates will bring his basketball skills to his hometown as he transferred to Eastern Michigan. Bates’ transfer was made public through social media. It happened two months after he chose the school over five other programs interested in acquiring his services. The former high school national player of the year had a good first year at Memphis. Ge averaged 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 18 games last season.
He helped the Tigers finish with a 22-11 win-loss record in the 2021-22 season. He also appeared in two NCAA tournament games. During his stay at Memphis, Bates hurt his back. It caused him to miss much of the season before reappearing in the tournament. The Ypsilanti Lincoln product announced in April that he was leaving Memphis and would transfer to another school. Eastern Michigan was among his choices, alongside Michigan, Arkansas, Seton Hall, DePaul, and Louisville.
Eagles to Soar with Bates
Bates’ transfer to the Eastern Michigan Eagles will help the team bounce back from a so-so 2021-22 season. Here, they finished with a 10-21 win-loss record (5-15 in the Mid-American Conference). The 6-foot-9 guard might be the player that will steer them back to the NCAA Tournament. This is because they have not made it to the event since 1998. The transfer will surely benefit Eagles coach Stan Heath, who is in his second season at the school. Heath was famous for steering Kent State to the quarterfinals of the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
The former assistant of Tom Izzo expresses satisfaction over the acquisition of Bates. He pledges to help the team win more games and qualify for the 2022-23 tournament. The transfer of Bates to Eastern Michigan will help the team improve its rankings in the Mid-American Conference. Although it’s too early to tell if they would make it to the 2022-23 tournament, expect the Eagles to contend with an NBA prospect like Bates. The Eagles’ NCAA betting odds are likely to pick up with the acquisition of Bates.
Keyontae Johnson to Resume Collegiate Career with K-State
Keyontae Johnson has announced that he will continue his NCAA career with Kansas State. Johnson, the former Florida player who collapsed during a game in December 2020, picked Kansas State over Memphis, Nebraska, and Western Kentucky. He announced the development on social media. Johnson graduated from Florida in late April but still has another year of eligibility, allowing him to play with the Wildcats. Kansas State’s new coach Jerome Tang expressed excitement over his acquisition, saying that the 6-foot-5 cager is a gifted player and a winner. Tang said Johnson brings significant experience to the Wildcats after his stint in Florida.
Johnson, who averaged 14 points and 7.1 rebounds during the 2019-20 season, will get a chance to play against the Gators on January 28, 2023, in the annual SEC-Big 12 Challenge. Johnson was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection in his sophomore year. Following the incident, Johnson spent most of his last two seasons with the Gators cheering on teammates from the bench as he remained enrolled in school and on scholarship. Johnson’s move to Kansas State will certainly add firepower to the team, but it is still unsure if the player is healthy enough to play competitive basketball again. If he stays healthy, sports betting experts will count the Wildcats as one of the favorites in the conference in the 2022-23 NCAA men’s basketball season.