Four days after Tamar Bates made his verbal commitment to Indiana, the four-star guard signed his Big Ten Tender and officially joined IU’s program on Friday.
A former Texas signee, Bates sought a release from his agreement with the Longhorns last month when former UT coach Shaka Smart left the school to take the vacant job at Marquette. At the time of his commitment to Texas last August, the 6-foot-5, 180-pound Kansas native held offers from Alabama, Creighton, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri and Oregon, among others.
At IMG Academy last season, Bates averaged 11.4 points and shot 40% from 3-point range. Before heading to the prep powerhouse in Bradenton, Fla., Bates was recognized as the 2020 Kansas All-Classes Player of the Year.
His signing Friday allowed new IU coach Mike Woodson to talk about him publicly for the first time.
“Tamar is a tremendous young man who will bring so much to our program,” Woodson said. “I think the first thing that stands out to me is that he is a winner. He brings a high level of energy on the court and is regarded as an unselfish teammate. He is an outstanding defender who makes 3-pointers at a high percentage, can attack the rim, has great vision and the awareness to make plays for others.”
Bates joins Cincinnati forward Logan Duncomb in the Hoosiers’ two-man signing class for next season.