The emerging basketball star recently made his debut for the Memphis Tigers against Tennessee Tech. Big things are expected of the 17-year-old so here’s more on Emoni Bates’ parents – mom Edith and dad Elgin.
Emoni Bates is a college basketball player for the Memphis Tigers playing in the American Athletic Conference (AAC). He measures 6ft 9in (2.06m) and weighs 190lb (86kg) as a small forward. Bates is 17 years of age.
Coming out of high school, Emoni was widely regarded as a five-star recruit and one of the best players in the class of 2021.
As a freshman at Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan, he led his team to a state championship and won the Gatorade National Player Of The Year boys’ award.
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Emoni Bates makes Memphis basketball debut
Bates initially committed to play college basketball for Michigan State but decommitted in April 2021. He eventually committed to play for head coach Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis.
On 9 November, Bates made his Tigers debut in a 89-65 rout of Tennessee Tech, scoring 17 points.
Those around the programme have dubbed this season “The Show”, given the depth of talent on the Tigers team including Alex Lomax, Lester Quinones, DeAndre Williams, Jalen Duren, and Bates.
Emoni Bates’ parents; his dad Elgin was extremely influential
Emoni Bates was born to parents Elgin and Edith Bates in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on 8 January 2004.
His father, Elgin, is a basketball skill development trainer and former professional player. At the age of three, Bates practised basketball with his father by completing shooting drills and carrying out exercises to improve his mobility.
For his final year of high school, Bates announced he would attend a new prep school, Ypsi Prep Academy, which his father Elgin had opened.
“Coach [Tom] Izzo and Coach [Mike] Garland and that entire MSU staff has been showing love since his seventh-grade year. They’ve been very consistent,” Elgin Bates told ESPN.
“They really have a genuine care for him and the family. They care for him, not only as a player, but as a person. That’s really big for us as a family and for him as a player.”
More on Emoni Bates’ mom, Edith
Edith Bates, Emoni’s mom, was born Edith Lynn Daniel on 18 January 1984. She studied phlebotomy and medical terminology at Washtenaw Community College and undertook a human resources management internship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
She graduated with an associates of business degree in human resources management in 2015 and a bachelor of business administration from Baker College of Allen Park in 2017.
Edith has been biomedical operations leader for the American Red Cross since 2011. Before that, she was a collection technician. She joined the Red Cross in October 2007.