The state’s returning Gatorade Player of the Year, the 6-foot-9, 180-pound sophomore forward had led the Railsplitters to an 18-3 record and a berth in the Division 1, District 18 tournament semifinals at the time of his selection. Bates averaged 33.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals. The 2019 Ann Arbor News Player of the Year, Bates was also the 2019 MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year. Ranked as the nation’s No. 1 recruit among all high-school-age players by ESPN.com, he entered the district semifinals with 1,343 points in his prep basketball career.
Bates has maintained a B average in the classroom. He will begin his junior year of high school this fall.
Bates has volunteered locally on elementary school literacy outreach campaigns and as a youth basketball coach. He has also donated his time collecting clothes and shoes to give to community churches and groups in need.