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Emoni Bates, the nation's top basketball recruit, commits to Michigan State

Emoni Bates, a five-star small forward and the consensus No. 1 player in the Class of 2022, has verbally committed to attending Michigan State and playing for coach Tom Izzo.

Bates revealed his choice during a Monday afternoon interview on “SportsCenter.”

"I'm not sure what the future may hold but as of now I'm committing to Michigan State," Bates said. "They've been showing me love since I was in seventh grade and have been recruiting me for a long time.”

Bates, a Ypsilanti native who stands 6-foot-8, received a glowing scouting report from Rivals:

One of the top prospects that Rivals.