Indiana University men’s basketball signee Tamar Bates, a 6-4 shooting guard from Kansas City, Kan. who played his final prep season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., was named to the 30-man roster of the Jordan Brand Classic. There will be no game this year. He is the 10th IU recruit selected for recognition in the event which began in 2002.
Hoosiers in The Jordan Brand Classic
2021 Tamar Bates
2019 Trayce Jackson-Davis
2018 Romeo Langford
2015 Thomas Bryant
2014 James Blackmon, Jr.
2013 Noah Vonleh, Troy Williams
2007 Eric Gordon
2004 D.J. White
2002 Bracey White
Bates averaged 11.4 points and shot 40.0% from long distance at IMG.
A five-star recruit, Bates, is ranked as the No. 23 prospect in the nation by ESPN.com, 28th by 247Sports.com and 30th by Rivals.com.
A two-time All-State honoree at Piper High School in Kansas City Kansas under Coach David Birch, Bates averaged 22.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game as a junior while leading them to a 21-1 mark and a spot in the Class 4A state semifinals. The tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He converted 58.0% from the floor, including a 44.1% mark from three-point range, and 88.0 % from the free throw line that season.
He was named the Kansas All-Classes Player of the Year in 2020 and also was the winner of the prestigious DiRenna Award, which is presented to the top high school male and female basketball player in the Kansas City metro area.
As a sophomore, he led the Pirates to their first state hoops championship in Kansas Class 4A last year and scored 20 points in the team’s championship game win over Augusta. He averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds as a sophomore.