IU nabs former Texas commit Tamar Bates for 2021

Report from Indy Star’s Zach Osterman:

Mike Woodson scored the first big prep recruiting win of his IU tenure Monday morning, when former Texas signee Tamar Bates announced his commitment to Indiana.

A four-star shooting guard most recently of IMG Academy in Florida, Bates announced his decision via social media.

Adding Bates fills an important hole for Woodson, who spoke recently about the need to reinforce his roster at the two spot after Armaan Franklin’s transfer to Virginia.

A lefty with a quick release and good bounce, Bates is comfortable scoring both at the basket and behind the 3-point line. He hands the Hoosiers added depth behind UT Martin transfer Parker Stewart, who is expected to be among Indiana’s top guards during the 2021-22 season.

Bates fills one of IU’s two remaining open scholarships.

This story will be updated.


  1. This is big! It sends a signal to all the recruits that Woodson and IU are in play. The talent level on this team has increased dramatically in a short time. If IU lands a scoring, athletic forward with the remaining open spot, you could be looking at a top 15 team next year. Great job by Woodson and his assistants.

  2. OMG, the IU Basketball brain trust is putting the program back on the map in a big way. Dolson has put a great stamp on the program with his shrewd hirings of Woodson and Matta, who in turn have put together a great staff of new and old coaches. I have not been this excited over the prospects for IU hoops in years! GO HOOSIERS!!

  3. This is good news. Does anyone have any idea if Bates is the kind of talent that will be a one-and-done or if he’s likely to stay in college at least two years?

    Woody’s getting it done. Now he just needs another big. Either a center or a big PF.

  4. Don’t know how much he helps in the immediacy….but he looks like a nice talent. I was hoping for a bit more maturity/experience (e.g. a top transfer) in the backcourt. The window is closing on building around Trayce.

  5. Why is Xavier Johnson not a recruiting victory. 2021 marks a new era of recruiting. It is no longer “prep” only. But preps plus transfers! Move into the new age!

  6. Given that IU BB fans have not had much to get excited about over the last five seasons, just wait until recruiting targets get to witness IU play a game in Assembly Hall that is filled with over 17,000 really excited fans. Attracting the very best HS BB players in the country will be even easier.

    Given that Woody and staff have not had the benefit of introducing recruits to that atmosphere makes these recruiting victories even more impressive!

  7. Count…1 ball and two strikes as the last pitch over the plate slider. Wind up and fast ball hit down the right line off the wall…good throw to short stop and runner stops with stand up double at second base.

  8. Since it’s baseball season just made a couple posts expressing opinions….meaning this is an solid excellent recruit for IU men’s basketball per player profile.

  9. I’ve been paying more attention than ever to IU BB’s recruiting since Woody took over. And while IU has not turned its back on the three in-state targets in the class of 2022 (Smith, Washington and Gunn), I’ve noticed IU’s recruiting net has been expanded significantly. Top HS prospects from South Carolina, Georgia, the Northeast and etc. are suddenly getting a lot of attention from IU. To me, that’s very good news and it’s the way IU recruiting should have always been. IU should absolutely recruit the best “home-grown” players, but IU should never limit its recruiting to just Indiana and the surrounding Midwestern states. Look at Gonzaga’s recruiting. They recruit players from all over the world! IU’s new, expanded geographical recruiting strategy is, IMO, a very positive change that will allow Woody to transform his program much faster.

    1. a)Gonzaga got run out of the gym by a UCLA team that was built primarily of in-state California recruits.
      b)Additionally, the border of Idaho and Washington (Spokane-home of Gonzaga) isn’t exactly the hotbed of basketball talent. You have no other choice but to extend your recruiting.
      c) Irony….The fans of a primarily football school, Georgia, are placing Crean on the hotseat because he’s failing at recruiting the local better basketball talent. Outside of Zeller, Crean couldn’t recruit the top talent from Indiana. He lost the state of Indiana. He’s now losing another state. It has nothing to do with “style.” It appears his proximity just turns people …and recruits off.
      d) Most fans are homers. They have followed the local talent and they get invested. They get very frustrated when the top local talent is plucked away to nearby competition (e.g. Michigan, MSU, UK, OSU, etc). The frustration gets louder very fast if you’re missing on the top local talent …and losing.

  10. Woodson character plus IU with NBA career and Fife would be considered a strong assistant along with the others…Probably sets up a more receptive situation from elite or the very top recruits, their coaches and families.

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