Shaka Smart’s decision to leave Texas for Marquette last month is helping Indiana.
That’s because the Hoosiers on Monday landed a commitment from four-star shooting guard Tamar Bates, one of the top remaining players in the 2021 class. Bates signed his National Letter of Intent with the Longhorns in November but received a release from that commitment in the wake of Smart’s move to Marquette. At Indiana, he’ll have the chance to earn an immediate role replacing former guard Armaan Franklin, who recently announced his decision to transfer to Virginia.
At the time of his commitment to Texas last August, Bates held offers from Alabama, Creighton, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri and Oregon, among others. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound Kansas City native is considered the No. 56 overall player in the 247 Sports Composite rankings, the No. 13 shooting guard and the No. 10 player in the state of Florida, where he played high school ball at IMG Academy.
Here’s the scouting report from 247’s Jerry Meyer:
Thin build but has some length for a skilled combo guard type. Has a burst of athleticism, to go along with high level instincts. A lefty and possesses a shiftiness to his game. Three level scorer who can make tough shots in traffic on the move. Accurate deep shooter. A good driver with either hand and can pass well with either hand. Primarily a scorer but also sees the court as a distributor. Dangerous on defense. Jumps passing lanes, has good hands, and has lateral quickness. Needs to develop strength as a rebounder and one-on-one defender.
With Bates in the fold, IU’s backcourt now consists of Pitt transfer Xavier Johnson, Rob Phinisee, Khristian Lander, Parker Stewart, Anthony Leal and Trey Galloway.