North Carolina State Wolfpack big man Manny Bates has announced he will transfer to the Butler Bulldogs. He only played one game last season with the Wolfpack due to a shoulder injury that he will be cleared from in a few weeks. He will have at least two years of college eligibility left and could apply for a medical redshirt for this past season and have three if he’s granted the waiver by the NCAA. His transfer from North Carolina State came as a surprise when he announced it earlier this year.
Coach Matta’s transfer class now features Bates, Jalen Thomas, and Ali Ali.
— Lukas Harkins (@hardwiredsports) May 4, 2022
Manny Bates did not play in his junior season due to the injury, but as a sophomore with the North Carolina State Wolfpack, he was a solid player. He averaged 9.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game. Bate paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 64.1 percent and a free throw percentage of 68.6 percent. His rim protection was what made him a valuable asset for Head Coach Kevin Keatts and the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
NC State transfer Manny Bates has committed to Butler and Thad Matta.
Butler assistant Greg Oden reportedly played a big role in the recruitment of Bates, who has not played since the 20-21 season.
Bates was a BEAST in 20-21, when he averaged 9.8PPG, 5.9RPG and 2.7BPG. STUD. pic.twitter.com/Htfy76Ef70
— 24/7 High School Hoops (@247HSHoops) May 4, 2022
The Butler Bulldogs are entering an era that could determine the path of their program. Manny Bates is a great addition that can help the program win games immediately.