Emoni Bates comes home, signs with Eastern Michigan basketball

Nothing’s official until pen meets paper.

So you can understand the growing nervousness among Eastern Michigan basketball fans in the eight weeks since Ypsilanti native and one-time basketball phenom Emoni Bates verbally — but not formally — committed to his hometown university Since he announced his decision in late June, there hadn’t t been a peep since, leading some to suspect he might be considering a different destination.

The gray area, now, is gone. On Tuesday, Eastern Michigan made it official, announcing that Bates had signed with Eastern Michigan for the upcoming season. He has used one season of collegiate eligibility, at Memphis.

“I love my city,” Bates said in a statement. “And coming home to do something special was big for me. I’ve known several of the guys on the team from playing together and competing. Having a strong relationship and bond with my teammates and coaching staff was important to me. I’ve been working really hard over the years, especially this summer, against great competition to continue to get better.

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