Sports Emoni Bates is the face of an upcoming basketball revolution – The Athletic April 15, 2020 0 189 Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Linkedin ReddIt Email Print Tumblr Telegram Mix VK Digg LINE Viber Whatever you do with Emoni Bates, he is certainly unprecedented, and is considered the best high school basketball player since his first year a year ago. He receives heady comparisons, and some have called him a clone of Kevin Durant. Bates became the first sophomore to win the Gatorade National Player of the Year award on Tuesday. “It feels good,” he told Athletic. “Dude, it feels good. “ There’s a huge hype around him, and so far he’s validated it. So what awaits him in the NBA and how can he reshape the way the game is played? Bates is already 6 feet 9 inches tall, he just turned 16 in February, and so much about his playing style and fieldwork already reflects Durant. The sophomore averaged 31.6 points, 9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan.