Tombi Bell

Last updated
Tombi Bates
Personal information
Born (1979-04-19) April 19, 1979 (age 41) [1]
Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
NationalityVirgin Islander
Listed height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Career information
High school Norland (Miami, Florida)
College Florida (1997–2001)
WNBA draft 2001 / Round: 3 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Lynx
Position Guard
Career history
2001 Minnesota Lynx
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-SEC (2001)

Tombi Bates [2] (née Bell; born April 19, 1979), is an U.S. Virgin Islands former professional basketball player, who last played for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA.


Basketball career

High school

Bates played for Miami Norland Senior High School, and during her tenure there, was one of the top players in her county. [3]


Bates played for the Florida Gators from 1997 to 2001. She was featured in an April 2001 article for The Gainesville Sun . [4]

1997-98 Florida 25114.7.426.362.6721.
1998-99 Florida 25114.1.344.250.6191.
1999-00 Florida 343429.6.371.294.6773.
2000-01 Florida 282734.2.494.377.7054.
Career [5] 1126324.0.426.362.6723.


Bates was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in 2001. [6]

Post-playing career

Bates spent the 2005-2006 season as an assistant coach of the Miami Hurricanes. [7] Bates later became an NCAA certified referee and a FIBA certified official. [8]


Bates graduated from Florida with bachelor's degree in exercise and sports sciences with a specialization in sport management in 2002. [7] Bates is the sister of NBA player, Raja Bell. [7] [9] As of 2013, Bates is a physical education teacher at José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy. [10]

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