Player of the Year honors were determined by a statewide media vote (Over 25 media members from all parts of the state) of people that work in radio, newspaper, television and finalized by Chet Kuplen of Sports in Kansas and Conor Nicholl of Sports in Kansas. Players of the Year and Finalists are eligible for a Sports in Kansas Patch. Stay on our feed over the next few days for updated coverage and all-state teams.
2020 Sports in Kansas All-Classes Player of the Year
2020 4A Sports in Kansas Boys Player of the Year
Tamar Bates, KC Piper, Jr.
Likely the two best players in all classes came from the 4A class this year with Bates and Sophomore of the Year honoree Mark Mitchell, both national level recruits that were set to square off in the 4A semifinals before cancellation of season by KSHSAA. KC Piper junior Tamar Bates helped the Pirates rank first in Class 4A all season and lead the state in scoring offense. Bates, the team captain, set school records with 490 points and 21.3 points per game. He also had 5.1 rebounds, four assists, 2.1 steals and a block a game. Bates also shot 58 percent from the field, 46 percent from 3-point range and 88 percent from the free throw line. Bates was an all-state selection last season for the 4A state champion Pirates along with his older brother.
Bates earned unanimous first team all-league, first team all-state K.C. Metro, and a DiRenna award finalist as a top player in Kansas City. Bates led Piper to a 22-1 record. Bishop Miege and Piper were set to play in the 4A state semifinals before the tournament was cancelled. Piper, Miege and Parsons – which was injury-plagued down the stretch and lost in the first round at state – were the top-three teams in 4A all winter. Bates, a junior, is 6-foot-4, 175 pounds and ranked No. 94 nationally. He has multiple offers, including Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Creighton.
The Piper High School Athletic Department would like to congratulate the Piper boys on an outstanding Final Four Finish in 2020. We are very proud of all of your accomplishments. Also special congrats to Tamar Bates, this years 4A Sports in Kansas Player of the Year and All-Classes POY in Kansas! We are ready for next year!
Sports in Kansas 4A Boys POY Finalists
Dariq Williams, Parsons
Jaren Jackson, Augusta
Max Alexander, Buhler
Kobe Campbell, Rose Hill
Mark Mitchell, Bishop Miege
Tamar Bates, Piper
Easton Hunter, Andale
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