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Immanuel Bates, top-100 basketball recruit, picks NC State over Georgetown

N.C. State basketball fans cheer on their team in 2015. Four-star player Immanuel Bates decided between the Wolfpack and Georgetown on Friday.
N.C. State basketball fans cheer on their team in 2015. Four-star player Immanuel Bates decided between the Wolfpack and Georgetown on Friday. ehyman@newsobserver.com

Four-star recruit Manny Bates said when Monday came around, he was still unsure of whether he would commit to N.C. State or Georgetown.

But by Thursday he knew.

Bates announced he was heading to N.C. State Friday morning at Northwood Temple Academy’s gymnasium in Fayetteville.

Bates, a 6-9, 195-pound power forward, visited N.C. State last weekend, where he attended the football game against Marshall. He took pictures with fans at the game. Bates visited Georgetown the week prior. He had scheduled visits to Georgia Tech and South Carolina. But after he visited N.C. State he canceled them.

“When I went up there for my visit, I had a great time with the team,” Bates said. “I felt very comfortable with the team.”

Bates said N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts told him he’d play right away for the Wolfpack, which will likely lose three of its big men next season to either graduation or the draft.

Katie Bates, Manny’s mom, said she too liked Keatts and his coaching staff. She said she thinks her son will be successful at N.C. State.

“Manny is God-driven,” Katie Bates said. “He has goals. He knows where he started. He knows where he wants to be. He’s determined. His heart speaks mounds, and it pushes him. God is driving his car, so his path is already directed. He knows how to work, and that’s why he’s going to be successful.”

Bates is ranked No. 98 overall, and No. 7 in the state, according 247sports’ composite rankings.

Bates is currently the only Class of 2018 recruit who has committed to the Wolfpack. Jamie Lewis, a three-star point guard, decommitted last week to see after the season, if “there are any better situations out there.”

Lewis said he felt he committed too early.

N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts and his staff have been able to secure two transfers – C.J. Bryce, from UNC-Wilmington, and Devon Daniels, from Utah – who will be eligible for the 2018-19 season. Both are scoring guards.

Jonathan M. Alexander: 919-829-4822, @jonmalexander

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