You know, I can’t help but notice ... [cautiously checks to see if coast is clear] ... it’s been pretty quiet since the initial reports last week that Manny Bates intended to transfer from NC State. Has Kevin Keatts succeeded in pitching Bates on staying? Is our Manny Bates crisis indeed a brief one?
Word on the street is that NC State sophomore center Manny Bates is no longer likely to enter the transfer portal after a last-minute push by head coach Kevin Keatts to keep Bates. Expectation is now that Bates will remain a member of the Wolfpack.— Hilltop Hoops (@HilltopHoops_) May 21, 2021
I caught this at the end of last week but wasn’t sure how much weight to give it, but the guys behind the account used to run a Georgetown 247Sports site and probably still have connections to the program.
I should add that I also caught some words on the street in the last few days. But they didn’t have anything to do with Manny Bates or sports in general so that’s hardly relevant here, now that I think about it.
Anyway, the Bates situation isn’t one that leads to an official “I’m back” announcement through the school because why would NC State want to acknowledge any of this officially, but no news also qualifies as good news.