Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats is already doing work on the recruiting trail, landing and offering talented players in his first offseason with the program, but it might be his willingness to emphasize a new college basketball rule that can help him adjust to life in the SEC.
When speaking to the Alabama Sports Writers Association, Oats discussed the new rules hitting college basketball, including the 3-point line being extended to FIBA regulation. Thing is, Oats isn’t only letting his players realize the importance of the line new, but is willing to give his players “extra points” in practice if they shoot from even deeper than the new line.
“We give four points for an NBA three in practice because I’m trying to get them to stretch their range back anyways,” Nate Oats said, via 247Sports. “The further you can space the floor and open it up, the better off it is for us with the way we play, so that obviously helps us. Now, we’ve got to get shooters that can make them. … We’re working on shooting and trying to get better.”
Furthermore, Oats seems excited about the shot clock resetting to only 20 seconds, instead of the previous 30, as he’s not here to slow down games.
“Ideally, if we get an offensive rebound, we’re scoring in the next two seconds on a put-back or throwing it back out and hitting a three in the next two seconds,” Oats said. “So, I’m not trying milk the clock ever, really, unless I’ve got a lead late in the game, so it helps us. If you go and look at our analytic numbers, I think we were fourth in the country in possession length on offense and like 330 something in possession length on defense because everybody tried to slow it down and us, and we just said ‘I’m going to guard you and make you take a bad shot at the end of the clock.’ … So, that helps us.”
Nevertheless, it’ll be an interesting upcoming season for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Lost in the shuffle of the program moving from Avery Johnson to Nate Oats is the fact the school is returning a bunch of high level players, and Oats has since added to his talented roster.
Don’t be shocked if the Tide end up in a lot of preseason Top 25 polls, then earn their way in just a few weeks into the season.
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