University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball coach Will Wade has granted a walk-on opportunity to K.J. Bates, who was a 6-foot-1 guard at Arlington High School on the eastern side of Memphis.
"I'm very excited to be part of the Mocs family for the next few years," Bates said in a phone interview. "Coach Wade and his staff are very honest. They told me that there is no promise of a scholarship.
"UTC is a great place to earn my degree. The Division II offers I had, I felt that they didn't fit. UTC is somewhere that I can call home."
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...