Memphis transfer Emoni Bates (1) announced his commitment to Eastern Michigan on Wednesday.

Emoni Bates reinstated to Eastern Michigan basketball

Emoni Bates, a one-time high-school basketball phenom in Ypsilanti, has been reinstated to his hometown Eastern Michigan basketball team by the university following his arrest on felony gun charges last month.

Bates is pleading down to a misdemeanor charge, his lawyer confirmed Thursday, and EMU subsequently confirmed his updated status with the team. Bates returned to practice Thursday afternoon, a school official said, with the exhibition season set to get under way in two weeks.

“The Eastern Michigan University department of athletics has received notification that there is an agreement between the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office and Emoni Bates’ defense team that would result in the felony charges being dismissed,” Eastern Michigan athletic director Scott Wetherbee said in a statement.

“In accordance with EMU athletic policies, Mr. Bates is immediately reinstated to all athletic and campus activities.”

Bates, 18, will plead down to a misdemeanor charge of attempted illegal transportation of a weapon, his lawyer, Steve Haney, told The News. A hearing is scheduled for 1:30 pm Wednesday in Washtenaw County’s 22nd Circuit Court. Per online records, Bates’ case was moved out of district court earlier this week, and into circuit court Thursday.

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