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Downstate high school player finalist for national boys basketball honor

(AP) — Emoni Bates of Michigan, Evan Mobley of California and Cade Cunningham of Texas were named the finalists Thursday for Gatorade’s national player of the year in high school basketball.
Bates, a sophomore from Ypsilanti Lincoln High School, is regarded as one of the top prep basketball players of any class.
The 6-foot-9 guard could potentially be selected with the No. 1 pick overall in two years if, as expected, the NBA and its players lower the minimum age for entering the draft from 19 to 18.
Mobley is ranked as No. 1 high school senior in the country, using 247 Sports’ composite rankings of recruits. Cunningham is ranked second in the senior class.
The 6-foot-11 Mobley attends Temecula Rancho Christian in California and is headed to Southern California.
The 6-foot-6 Cunningham is from Texas and attends Montverde Academy in Florida. He has signed to play at Oklahoma State next season.