Former high school basketball star Emoni Bates was arrested after a gun was found while driving.

Former high school basketball star Emoni Bates was arrested after a gun was found while driving.


Emoni BatesThe former high school star, who transferred from Memphis to eastern Michigan this summer, was arrested Sunday night two miles from campus in Superior Township, Michigan, after sheriff’s deputies found a gun in the vehicle he was driving.

Derek Jackson, public information officer for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, told ESPN that officers “conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle that failed to stop at the intersection.

Bates was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and “altering identification marks” on a firearm. He was arraigned Monday and his attorney, Steve Haney, requested a not guilty plea on Bates’ behalf.

According to Haney, the judge agreed to a non-monetary personal recognizance bond for Bates to be released immediately from prison. Bates’ next court date is set for Oct. 6.

Haney told ESPN that the arrest came after a routine traffic stop Sunday night when Bates was driving a borrowed car. “Reserve judgment on this,” Haney said in a statement. “There’s way more to the story. Someone’s car was borrowed, pulled over and a gun was found in the car.”

Under the Michigan Penal Code, a person convicted of carrying a concealed weapon faces “not more than 5 years” in prison and a fine of up to $2,500. A charge of altering identification on a device carries a penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.

Eastern Michigan announced Monday afternoon that Bates would be suspended.

“We are aware of the condition of boys basketball student-athlete Emoni Bates,” the school said. “Eastern Michigan University takes all allegations of this nature very seriously. As a department policy, the right to practice and play is suspended until the legal process is resolved. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the university will have nothing further to do. Comment at this time.”

Bates, a 6-foot-9 small forward, was considered one of the top basketball prospects in the country until he was drafted last summer with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 class and the No. 3 overall pick in 2021. .

He originally committed to Michigan State in the summer of 2020, then opened his recruitment in April 2021 before re-committing from 2022 to 2021 and committing to Memphis.

His lone season under coach Penny Hardaway was uneventful. He missed 15 of 33 games with a back injury that required him to see a specialist to return home and struggled on the floor.

Bates averaged 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds with the Tigers.

WXYZ in Detroit initially reported Bates’ arrest.

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello contributed to this report.



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