Unknowns and Undervalued

Posted On: 08/20/19 1:27 PM

Grassroots season has come to a close, and players from the state of Michigan shined. Athletes grabbed attention from scouts and college coaches both locally and nationally. The class of 2022 in Michigan showed that they are very talented and a special group of basketball players.

Here is our Grassroots Player of the Year and Honorable Mentions from the 2022 class in Michigan:

Player Of The Year

Emoni Bates (G/F, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Bates Fundamentals)

Lets just start by saying he's being compared to Kevin Durant and LeBron James. Bates has in the gym range and can drive and finish through contact like no 15 year old in a long time, maybe ever. He absolutely destroyed the competition at the Las Vegas Classic. Bates threw down nasty dunk after nasty dunk at the Peach Jam. In the Peach Jam, he averaged 32.3ppg, 10rpg, and 4apg. He has received offers from in state powers, Michigan State and the University of Michigan.  

Honorable Mentions

Jason Drake (G, Orchard Lake St. Mary's, The Family)

Drake showed that he has the potential to be a big time scorer. He's athletic and under control when attacking off the dribble. 

Ethan Dunn (C, East Lansing,

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