It hasn’t taken Nate Oats long to turn the Tide into a legitimate contender in the SEC. In just his second season at the Capstone, Alabama sits in first place in the SEC, as we near the halfway point of conference play. With that being said, athletic director, Greg Byrne better get ready to pay that man!
Nate Oats became Alabama’s head men’s basketball coach on March 27, 2019. His first season was more “Jekyll and Hyde” than anything else and the Tide finished the season with a 16-15 overall record and 8-10 mark in SEC play.
The offense was not an issue for the Tide last season, as they averaged 82.0ppg, which was good enough for third in the country. The defense was a different story entirely. Alabama gave up 79.0ppg and was never consistently active on that end of the court.
Getting your team to “buy-in” is probably the most difficult aspect of coaching. In year two, Nate Oats’ team has bought in. The effort and intensity on the defensive end of the floor have been incredible. The offense continues to flourish by attacking the rim and knocking down outside shots.
So what does all this mean? It means that Alabama better prepare itself for some of the “Blue-Bloods” of college basketball to make a call sooner rather than later. Even some NBA teams could be interested in the young and energetic head coach.
Oats currently earns around 2.5 million a year and it may be time to double that number up if we want to keep Nate in Tuscaloosa.
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