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4-star G Tamar Bates commits to Texas

Shaka Smart and the Horns landed a fourth pledge in the 2021 recruiting class on Friday.

In a live interview on the Rivals Instagram page, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy guard Tamar Bates committed to the Texas Longhorns on Friday.

Bates chose Texas over a final group that included Alabama, Creighton, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, and Oregon. A 6’4, 175-pounder from Kansas City, Bates holds a total of 17 offers.

In June, Rivals analyst Eric Bossi called Bates a “must-get prospect” for Kansas in the 2021 class and compared him to current Jayhawks standout Marcus Garrett.

“Bates is a great fit for the Jayhawks,” Bossi wrote. “They’ve done really well developing highly ranked — but not too highly ranked — players like Devonte’ Graham, Frank Mason and Marcus Garrett in the past and Bates shares traits with many of them.”

The recruitment of Bates moved quickly for the Longhorns — head coach Shaka Smart offered Bates on Aug. 10 and are able to offer early playing time with Matt Coleman and Jase Febres set to graduate after the 2020-21 season.

Bates said that Smart made him in a priority during his relatively brief recruitment by the Longhorns.

“They kept it real with and made it known what was going to happen when I get to campus, just knowing that I’d be able to play right away and have an immediate impact and building such a good relationship with Shaka, that made it a lot easier for me to make the decision,” Bates said.

Bates is a left-hander with enough playmaking ability that he’s ranked by Rivals as a combo guard. In order to diversify his game, he’s been working on driving and finishing with his right hand more consistently, as well as improving his jump shot and extending his range. Off the ball, he does a strong job of cutting to the rim, where his length and athleticism allow him to easily finish lob passes.

Like other players in the class, Bates has ideal size for his position and excellent athleticism.

“To me he’s a total package — I think he’s a future All-Big 12 type player, and maybe having him here in Kansas City... maybe I’m too close to the situation. I’m blind on something. But he’s up to about 6’5 now, he’s really developed as a jump shooter,” Bossi told Dustin McComas of Orangebloods on a recent podcast.

“He’s tough, he’ll get in the lane. He is a high-end defender and he’s a worker. That kid is not going to leave any stone unturned in his quest to be successful. It’s just who he, it’s his make up, it’s his DNA. I think whoever gets him is getting a serious winner.”

Bates was extremely efficient as a junior, shooting 58 percent from the floor, 46 percent from three-point range, and 88 percent from the line.

Bates is a consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 112 player nationally and the No. 8 shooting guard nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Texas now holds four pledges in the class, which ranks No. 16 nationally and No. 3 in the Big 12, behind Baylor and Kansas, according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings. With so much of the roster turning over next season, Texas is still targeting five-star center Damion Collins and could also seek to add one or more graduate transfers.