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Cavaliers use 49th pick on Emoni Bate

By- USA NATIONAL POST

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6-foot-9 guard/forward Emoni Bates was selected by the Cavaliers with the 49th overall choice in the NBA Draft. If he rediscovers the talent that previously made him a top prospect

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Off the bench, they might have found a solution to their scoring deficit.

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At Ypsi Prep Academy in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Bates averaged 32.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.1 steals per game as a sophomore.

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Bates, at 19 years old, failed to live up to them as his career developed. As a freshman, he participated at Memphis and scored 9.7 points per contest.

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He spent his sophomore season at Eastern Michigan after transferring there, scoring 19.2 points per contest.

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According to the NBA.com scouting report, Bates "has the look of an elite shotmaker." "Bates has a penchant for tough-bucket getting, and his lanky 6-foot-9 physique recalls Brandon Ingram.

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The Cavaliers finished last season 29th in bench scoring. When they were eliminated by the Knicks in five games during the playoffs, their lack of bench scoring was made clear.

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His late selection in the second round plus the knowledge that he won't be joining an NBA team where he is expected to start as an exceptional player may have given him the chance to grow.

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