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IU guard Tamar Bates posts photos of his daughter on social media

Indiana guard Tamar Bates posted photos of his daughter on his Instagram page over the weekend.

“The day my princess arrived and changed my life forever,” Bates said in the post.  “She’s the one thing that I never knew I needed & I’m just beyond grateful to call this healthy, beautiful baby girl mine. First Easter as a #GirlDad and I’m blessed like no other!!

“Meet, Leilani Nicole Bates.”

Bates including the following pictures with his post.  Click on the arrow to see more:


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Bates had previously announced on social media he was an expecting father.

The 19-year-old Bates is preparing for his sophomore season at IU.

He appeared in 32 games and averaged 3.9 points and 1.3 rebounds as a true freshman in 2021-22.  He shot 83.3% from free throw line (20-of-24) and added 20 assists and eight steals.

The Kansas City, Kan. product, who came to IU via IMG Academy, was ranked the No. 23 prospect in the nation by ESPN.  Bates was originally committed to Texas before a coaching change there led to him signing with Indiana.  He was Mike Woodson’s first high school commit.

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