FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – He’s regarded as the top prep basketball prospect since LeBron James, and this weekend budding star Emoni Bates will be in Fort Wayne playing in the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam Tournament as the Turnstone Center hosted by Gym Rats Basketball.
A six-eight wing, Bates is regarded as the no. 1 player in the 2022 prep class, and is the front-runner to be the no. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. He’s committed to play college basketball at Michigan State, but likely will only spend one season with the Spartans.
Bates plays for Bates Fundamentals, a team competing in the 17U division. Their first game is set for 9 p.m. on Friday against the Mid-Ohio Pumas Adidas Gold squad.
Bates is considered the top prospect to play in the Run-N-Slam since Greg Oden in 2005.
Fans are welcome at all games at the Run-N-Slam. Tickets are $10 on Friday, $15 on Saturday, and $10 on Sunday. The main sites are Turnstone and SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse. The action begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. Click here for a full schedule.