When Shaka Smart made the move from Texas to Marquette, four-star shooting guard Tamar Bates opened up his recruitment. That move opened the door for Indiana and new coach Mike Woodson to make a run.
Monday morning, Bates confirmed to 247Sports that he has committed to Indiana.
“I’m going to Indiana to play for coach Mike Woodson," Bates told 247Sports.com.
Woodson's own history as a player and experience coaching in the NBA made an impression on the 6-foot-5 native of Kansas City (Kans.) who spent his senior year at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, but Bates felt what Woodson and his staff can do for him off the floor was more important than anything else.