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Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart added another important piece to Texas’ 2021 recruiting class when four-star IMG Academy (FL) shooting guard Tamar Bates committed to Texas.
Bates, originally from Kansas City, chose the Longhorns over Alabama, Creighton, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, and Oregon.
Tim Preston on the commitment:
Bates fits the mold of the all-around combo guard that can thrive both on and off the ball that Shaka has tried to bring to the 40 Acres with everyone from Kerwin Roach and Eric Davis, to Courtney Ramey and Donovan Williams. A lefty who put up shooting stats of 58/46/88 during his junior season as a first-team all-state player in Kansas, Bates shows a diverse, surprisingly polished game with the ability to score on all three levels and playmake both for himself and others.
Defensively, he’s an intelligent player who has good length and a competitive edge to match solid quickness and a basketball IQ that helps him play aggressively in passing lanes and as a help defender.
From an intangible standpoint, Bates stands out as a player who believes in himself and is willing to bet on himself as he has decided to move his competition level up a significant notch opting to spend his senior year at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. You can see his fire in his highlights and in how he talks about his approach to the game.
The 2021 class, thus far, for the Longhorns has been heavy on long-term potential but (alarmingly?) short on immediate impact players. Bates is the antithesis of that. Bates’ mature, multifaceted game should be impactful for a backcourt that will need an infusion of playmaking with the departure of Coleman and Febres (and possibly Jones or Ramey).
This is a take for the Longhorns that both works as filling a need as well as getting a guy who should simultaneously be ready to play right away and has the long-term potential to be one of the better guards in the Big 12.
Big time get for Shaka on a prospect who could very well see his recruiting ranking jump up when people see his game translate at a higher level like it should at IMG.
Bates is the fourth member of the Texas Longhorns’ 2021 basketball recruiting class joining Kenyan Itejere (Grace Christian – NC), David Joplin (Brookfield Central – WI), and Emarion Ellis (Assumption – IA).