A move closer to home made a lot of sense for Tamar Bates — and that’s where he’s headed.
After two years in Bloomington, Bates announced on Friday evening his next stop will be at Missouri.
Bates became a father a year ago, and his daughter remained in his hometown of Kansas City, Kan. while he played his sophomore season at IU.
The move to Missouri brings him much closer to home and his family.
“I’m a Kansas City guy, so having this great opportunity and being right up the road is a blessing in itself,” Bates told Joe Tipton of On3.
Bates included a picture of his daughter in his commitment picture.
It isn’t the victory after all
But the fight that a Brother makes
A man when driven against the wall
Still stands erect and takes the blows of fate.
M-I-Z 🖤💛 Let’s gooooo we HERE !! 🤟🏽 pic.twitter.com/9Gshc2iipz
— Tamar Bates (@tbates_11) April 15, 2023
Bates was one of three Hoosiers to play in all 35 games during the 2022-23 season. He earned the first two starts of his career and averaged 6.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists for his sophomore campaign.
Overall, Bates shot 39.2% (76-of-194) from the floor, 37.4% (37-of-99) from the 3-point line, and 88.2% (45-of-51) from the free throw line this season.
Although he is leaving Indiana behind, Bates sent a separate message for IU on Friday evening.
“Thank you to the entire IU community for welcoming my family and I with open arms, especially at a point in my life where there was a lot of uncertainty,” Bates said on this Twitter page. “Regardless of how it ended I am forever grateful for the opportunity I had to be a Hoosier.”
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