Guard Tamar Bates is in the transfer portal after two seasons in Bloomington.
The Kansas City, Kan. product 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.
After arriving at IU with a great deal of promise, Bates struggled to find consistency during his two seasons with the Hoosiers.
He was 0-of-13 from the field in IU’s two NCAA Tournament games. That followed him averaging 9.5 points per game on 53 percent shooting in the Big Ten Tournament. Bates had six games with 13 or more points, with all of them coming at home or on neutral courts. On the road he shot 21.2 percent from the field and averaged just 2.3 points per game.
Bates was originally committed to play at Texas but flipped following a coaching change there in 2021. He played his senior year at IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and was ranked as the No. 23 prospect in the nation by ESPN.com. Prior to that he was a two-time All-State honoree at Piper High School in Kansas City.
Bates joins his 2021 classmate Logan Duncomb as the first two IU players in the transfer portal this offseason.
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