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NEXT ONE? Hoops phenom at 13 has college offer, NBA height

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Emoni Bates walks out a front door of Clague Middle School with just inches to spare.

A wide smile tops his 6-foot-7, extra-lean frame. He's holding a seventh-grade honor society certificate in his right hand. His braces gleam in the afternoon sun.

Meet the best 13-year-old basketball player in America, according to some recruiting services. One of his highlight reels on YouTube has been viewed about 1 million times.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Mar 14
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (59)31-31,6192
2Gonzaga (6)32-11,5204
3Kansas28-41,4781
4Arizona30-41,4277
5North Carolina27-71,2786
6Kentucky29-51,2758
7Duke27-81,25014
8UCLA29-41,2073
9Oregon29-51,1945
10Louisville24-898110
11SMU30-495112
12Baylor25-78779
13West Virginia26-884211
14Notre Dame25-968222
15Purdue25-765213
16Iowa State23-1056823
16Florida State25-856816
18Cincinnati29-552015
19Wichita State30-443620
20Florida24-838817
21Butler23-835918
22Saint Mary's (Cal.)28-430419
23Michigan24-11252-
24Virginia22-1023821
25Wisconsin25-915124

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Michigan adds Nwachukwu to basketball staff

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has hired Chinedu Nwachukwu as director of program personnel for the men's basketball team.

The Wolverines announced the move Tuesday.

Nwachukwu received a degree in economics from Michigan in 2010 and spent three years as a student manager under coach John Beilein.

He rejoins Beilein after spending last season as director of operations at Milwaukee. Before going to Milwaukee, he spent four seasons at Saginaw Valley State University as an assistant coach.