Ypsilanti Lincoln's Emoni Bates one of three finalists for Gatorade national player of the year

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Posted at 8:57 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 07:26:27-04

DETROIT — Emoni Bates is the top sophomore basketball player in the country, and is a top three finalist for one of the sport's most prestigious awards.

Bates, a standout at Ypsilanti Lincoln, is a finalist for the 2019-2020 Gatorade national boys basketball player of the year.

He averaged 31 points and led Lincoln to a 19-3 record. In 2018-19, Lincoln won the state championship in a season that saw Bates average 28.5 points per game.

Former Gatorade players of the year have combined to win five NBA MVP awards, make 69 All-Star appearances, and 26 became NBA first round draft picks.

As a freshman, Bates won Michigan's Gatorade player of the year and Div. 1 AP player of the year awards.

There is no timeline for the announcement of the award-winner. Gatorade said it is "continuing to follow the guidance of experts and health officials as it determines the appropriate time to announce this year’s winner."