Bates will have other options on the table, including the possibility of going straight to the NBA if the league lowers its age requirement to 18.
"It's good for certain players. That's a lot of money ... I don't think I'll do it," he said. "It's good for some people, but I don't think I'll head that route."
In theory, that would leave two options on the table for the Ypsilanti native: going up to the road to Michigan State or going overseas. And by then, depending on what happens with Name-Image-Likeness laws in the NCAA, college players might be up for a payday.
For now, one thing is certain. Bates will leave Ypsilanti Lincoln and finish his high school career at the prep school his father is opening this fall: Ypsilanti Prep Aim High. The team will boast a roster full of future D-1 players and play a national schedule.
“He’s ready for it, basketball-wise. It’s more of an intimate setting, a more controlled environment," his father told SI. "Importantly for me, it’s the progression of him continuing to get better with like-minded guys trying to accomplish the same goal. It became too hazardous … ‘Who is going to try to tick him off tonight to get him out of character? Who is going to throw a ball at his head?’ It’s time to move forward and just move on.”