Introducing: Beaumont's Finest, Wesley Yates III

Words by: Brittany Lopez
Photography by: Fred Agho
Footwear by: Jordan Brand, AJ3 'White Cement Reimagined'


Ranked the #2 shooting guard in the State of Texas and #37 on ESPN for the class of 2023, Wesley Yates III is one of Beaumont, Texas’s finest. Yates assisted in Beaumont United's back-to-back Class 5A state championship wins, and is working hard to end his high school career in a 3-Peat.  This March, Yates and BU continue their 2023 journey to State.

As the youngest of six, from a young age Yates aspired to be like his brothers. Wanting to do everything they did, he picked up a basketball and started from shooting around the house. After continually breaking mini hoops his dad began taking him daily to the gym to work on his skills. Not realizing what basketball could lead to, it took Yates some time to understand the importance of national rankings. 

Once he found out his rank was rising, he has made it a goal to improve daily. When asked about what motivates him, Yates emphasized hard work and the Mamba Mentality, living by the late Kobe Bryant's quote of “Resting in the end, not the Middle."

"Whether it's mental or physical exercise, do something that will make you better daily [this will lead you to success]. You will already be ahead of everybody else. Everyone is not doing this." - Wesley Yates III

With his impressive record, it was no surprise that Yates received plenty of D1 offers. After taking official visits from schools like the University of Houston, Stanford, Georgetown, and many more, Yates signs to the University of Washington. This commitment is monumental for Coach Mike Hopkins. The family aspect and transparency attracted Yates to the Huskies. "I'll miss the Texas weather," he says, "but I know their organization will be able to develop me into the player I need to be." 

This is not the end but only the beginning of a promising career. In the future, Yates hopes to offer his community youth mentorships. Giving confidence to every kid who crosses his path, and reminding them that "no matter where they are from, it's possible."

The Premiumgoods family continues to cheer on Yates and sends support to the BU organization.

With Love, from 713 to the 409.



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Johnny July 21, 2023

So proud of you and all of your hard work with the books and the ball.
Be all that God has for you to be.

Nicole Dawson March 14, 2023

So proud of you and all of your hard work with the books and the ball.
Be all that God has for you to be.

Nicole Dawson March 13, 2023

Will are a brilliant player and love to see you play you will be all you can at university of Washington make beaumont proud

Charly Mishaw March 11, 2023

Continue to be great Wes 🙏🏾.. 409 stand behind you brother 💯

Terrance Hill March 10, 2023

Such a great read! Wishing Wesley the best with his collegiate career.

Kiezia March 10, 2023

Super proud of you
The sky is the limit, don’t settle for anything less. Always remember to put God first in all you do

Mona Richard March 10, 2023

Keep God first & everything else will follow..Phill 4:13

Darassa Wilridge March 10, 2023

Seen him play twice in person , great player and bright future ahead in Washington

Latrell Miller March 10, 2023

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