A consensus top-60 recruit, Bates recently got a release from his national letter of intent with the Texas Longhorns after Shaka Smart left for Marquette. Once that happened, Kentucky, Gonzaga and Illinois were among the schools to reach out before Indiana won out.
Originally from Kansas City (MO), the 6-5 Bates plays for IMG Academy in Florida. He is currently ranked as No. 56 overall, according to the 247 Composite Rankings, but is expected to get a bump when the final rankings are released.
Before committing to Texas, he has offers from Alabama, Creighton, Kansas and Oregon, among other schools.
Though Bates is a promising prospect, it looked highly unlikely that he would end up at Kentucky, who is focusing more on college transfers and high school point guard TyTy Washington.