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Can Emoni Bates become the Next One? Follow the teen hoops star on his path

September 21, 2017 GMT

Emoni Bates is starting the eighth grade. He’s also 6-foot-7 and primed to be the most coveted basketball prospect of the high school Class of 2022. His family has invited AP — and you — on his journey. 

Continued coverage in this series will include video, photo, text and audio dispatches as Emoni progresses through key moments in his life, starting with finishing middle school and deciding where to go to high school. Follow along as we explore the challenges presented to him in depth: developing as an amateur player with professional talent and ambition, balancing school, friends and YouTube stardom, juggling the options that come with being a five-star phenom.