YPSILANTI, Mich. – Eastern Michigan University basketball star Emoni Bates has been reinstated as the felony gun charges against him are set to be dismissed.
“The Eastern Michigan University Department of Athletics has received notification that there is an agreement the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office and Emoni Bates’ defense team that would result in the felony charges being dismissed. In accordance with EMU Athletics’ policies, Mr. Bates is immediately reinstated to all athletic and campus activities.”
Bates, 18, of Ypsilanti, was originally charged with carrying a concealed weapon and altering the identifying marks of a firearm. According to the university’s statement, those charges will soon be dismissed.
The former Lincoln High School and Ypsilanti Prep Academy star returned home to join the Eagles after spending his freshman season at Memphis. He averaged 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game with the Tigers while shooting 38.6% from the floor and 32.9% from three-point range.
Bates played 15 minutes in Memphis’ two NCAA Tournament games after missing nearly two months with a back injury.
At the end of the season, Bates entered the transfer portal and received interest from several schools. He ultimately committed to Eastern Michigan.
He was the No. 1 ranked high school prospect in Michigan and the No. 6 player overall in the 2021 recruiting class.