Col­leges court eighth-grader

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Emoni Bates en­tered his eighth grade year at Ann Ar­bor’s Clague Mid­dle School ear­lier this month with a col­lege bas­ket­ball of­fer from DePaul.

Bates, who was ranked the No. 1 sev­enth grader in the coun­try last year by one re­cruit­ing ser­vice, also is get­ting in­ter­est from other schools, such as North Carolina State.

Bates, 13, com­peted in nu­mer­ous AAU tour­na­ments over the sum­mer with his Bates Fun­da­men­tal team in places like Chicago, St. Louis and Las Ve­gas, where he re­ceived the of­fer from DePaul last month.

Bates, who has grown to 6-foot-7, has not de­cided where he will play high school bas­ket­ball.

“We’ve had a lot of prep schools call­ing to ask if he’d want to play for them,” said E.J. Bates, Emoni’s fa­ther, who says they are lean­ing to­ward him stay­ing at home and play­ing at one of the Ann Ar­bor schools — Pi­o­neer, Huron or Sky­line — or at Yp­si­lanti Com­mu­nity or Yp­si­lanti Lin­coln. “We’ll make that de­ci­sion a lit­tle later on. Right now, he’s con­cen­trat­ing on his game and his stud­ies.”

David Goricki

Hill apol­o­gizes to ESPN for re­marks

ESPN says it has ac­cepted the apol­ogy of “Sport­sCen­ter” host and Detroit na­tive Jemele Hill for tweet­ing this week Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was a “white su­prem­a­cist” and “bigot.”

“My com­ments on Twit­ter ex­pressed my per­sonal be­liefs,” she wrote in a state­ment. “My re­gret is that my com­ments and the pub­lic way I made them painted ESPN in an un­fair light.”


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