4-star SG from IMG Academy, former Texas commit pledges to Indiana
Mike Woodson has added a big name to Indiana’s 2021 recruiting class.
On Monday morning, the Hoosiers received a pledge from 4-star shooting guard Tamar Bates out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He had previously been committed to Texas but re-opened his recruitment after Shake Smart left the Longhorns to take the open job at Marquette.
Bates made his announcement with a post on Twitter. He is the second commit in IU’s 2021 class, joining 4-star center and Cincinnati native Logan Duncomb.
According to 247Sports, Bates is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who ranks as one of the Top 75 overall players in the 2021 recruiting class. He’s ranked as the No. 13 player at his position and the No, 56 overall talent in the class.
Bates brings athleticism and excellent shooting ability to Bloomington, something the Hoosiers have lacked in recent seasons. He should also provide Indiana with talented depth at the guard position for the upcoming season.
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.
Woodson’s primary concern since arriving at IU has been to recruit current Hoosiers in the transfer portal and bringing them back to Bloomington. But this is an excellent recruiting pick-up for Indiana.