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We've got recruiting threads on some top recruits, as well as a general recruiting thread. There was an article posted in another thread covering Coach Oats' first workout with the team a few weeks back, but I think the good news of where Coach Oats is taking this program, rebuilding a different culture, deserves its own thread.

 

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Coach Oats is giving off all the right signs of an excellent basketball coach. If he is able to coach up what he has already in the barn, that alone should make him COY in the conference.
 

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Coach Oats can't really get credit for this specifically. But, this is his program now. I'm betting that we can expect a continuation, and even an improvement, of this particular type of program result from an overall cultural standpoint.

 

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Direct link to interview below, starts around the 7 min 20 sec mark.

 

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Good interview.... Comes across as personable and genuine.
 

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So a few Oats threads ago around the time he was announced before his presser, I'd assessed that we'd more than likely be able triple his Buffalo contract, while still being able to come out cheaper than what we were paying Avery (3 mill), at around the 2.5 range.

Looks like I was onto something with that assessment.

 

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DESTIN, Fla. | University of Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats confirmed on Thursday that Crimson Tide forward Tevin Mack had entered the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate student and was not expected to return for Alabama’s 2019-2020 season.

“If after two months with a staff, you still have questions about whether it’s the right place, it’s probably not the right place,” Oats said.

Mack played one year with Alabama after sitting out a year as a transfer from Texas. He averaged 8.7 pints per game in 34 appearances for UA in 2018-2019. Oats said he had not spoken with Mack but had comminicated with him via text.

His departure leaves Alabama with 12 players currently on scholarship, one under the NCAA limit of 13. However, Oats indicated that Alabama could have a full allotment of players before school starts in August.

“We do have one open scholarship,” Oats said. “We can’t really talk about recruits until we have the papers signed but I like where we are at in recruiting. Having that scholarship filled with a quality player soon is my hope.”

Alabama’s most recent visitor was guard Jahvon Quinnerly, who is looking to transfer after one season at Villanova. Quinnerly, a McDonald’s All-America team selection in 2018, was on an official visit to Pitt on Wednesday after leaving a weekend visit to Tuscaloosa on Monday morning.

Oats said Alabama still had three openings on its 2019-2020 schedule.

“We hope to get those worked out in the next few weeks and then we will announce the schedule,” he said.

He also expressed optimism about the upcoming season.: “The talent we have is better than I expected, to be honest,” Oats said. “We have enough talent to win enough games to make the NCAA Tournament.

“We have a lot of players that fit into the way we like to play. You look at Herb Jones in transition. Kira Lewis is one of the fastest point guards in the country. John Petty can definitely shoot and you need shooters to spread the floor. Alex Reese is a big kid who can shoot. Galin Smith can defend and rebounds and he is a tough kid. And we think we added some good players in the late period.”
 

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