Archbishop Wood sent Nick Arcidiacono to the Big Ten and Rutgers this year and sent six kids to Division I schools the year before. Bates hopes to follow in their footsteps and already has six schools from which to choose.
"It's exciting for me," Bates said. "I think because I'm such a big kid. I'm 6-foot-5, 285 and I move my feet well. A lot of colleges like that. I think that's a big factor."
Rutgers was that latest school to offer Bates, who also has offers from Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Temple and Penn State. Though teammate Arcidiacono is headed to Piscataway next month to join two other former Archbishop Wood players, Rutgers is a somewhat unknown commodity to Bates.
"Getting an offer from any school feels really good knowing what it means to go to college for free," Bates said. "I don't know a lot about them yet. I'd like to get to know more about them because I know there's a lot there."
Looking to learn more about Rutgers this summer, he said the proximity to home and Big Ten move are early reasons for interest.
"I want to have a good relationship with coaches," Bates said. "That's really important and so is the academics. That's most important. If they have my major in, what I want to study. That's most important."
Bates will camp at Penn State this weekend and is considering visits to Virginia, South Carolina and Rutgers during the summer.
"I sent his highlight film out to a lot of schools and it was very good," said Archbishop Wood coach Steve Devlin. "He's a great kid. He's got great athleticism. A lot of people came by in recruiting and saw him. For a big kid, he can really move."