Tamar Bates Enters Sophomore Year With Indiana Basketball With Newfound Purpose, Motivation


Tamar Bates endured an eight-day stretch packed with five games in three cities.

But there was one more destination – the most important – Bates had to reach before he could catch his breath.

The morning after Indiana’s season-ending loss to Saint Mary’s in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, Bates caught a 5 am flight from Portland, Ore. to Utah, then back home to Kansas City, Kan.

And two days later, on March 20, Leilani Nicole Bates was born.

“As soon as I saw her,” Bates said. “It’s kind of like a flipped switch.”

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