LeBron James has been around basketball for more than long enough to know a potentially elite talent in the grassroots ranks when he sees one.
On Thursday, James was thoroughly impressed with what he saw with one of the top players in the class of 2022 at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam. Highly-touted Emoni Bates dominated for Bates Fundamentals, pouring in 33 points to lead his team to a come-from-behind win after being down by 20 points earlier in the game. Bates scored 31 of his 33 points in the second half to spearhead the comeback, prompting praise from James on Twitter.
Emoni Bates up next! #EYBL @NikeEYB
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 15, 2021
Bates was recently knocked off his perch atop the 2022 rankings by Montverde Academy (Fla