The Basketball Podcast: E08 with Nate Oats

RELEASE DATE : 12/10/2018

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Nate Oats joins the podcast. Oats is beginning his fourth season as the head basketball coach at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lead Buffalo to a school record 27 wins last season, and their third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years. Oats led the Bulls to their first ever victory in the NCAA Tournament as the #13 Bulls defeated #4 and PAC-12 Champion Arizona, 89-68. Oats was also named the 2018 MAC Coach of the Year and the NABC District Coach of the Year.

In the podcast, one of the brightest offensive minds in NCAA basketball discusses some of his offensive philosophies. Check out this video playbook to understand more about the offensive philosophies of Nate Oats: 

Podcast Quotes

“We don’t want our guys being robots . . . I want guys making plays.”

“Get to a corner. You will get more shots in the corner than you will standing on the wing because your man actually has to help off you.”

“Trust the system. The ball will find you.”

“We started charting paint touches and there was a pretty good correlation on at least one paint touch and our points per possession.”

“Some coaches are opposed to taking threes in transition . . okay, let me see the shot you got after you passed up the wide open three. “

“We tell our guys, I really have one goal on offense: to force one hard closeout that they can’t guard . . after that it’s over.”

“We are guaranteed to get an open shot once we get you in drive and kick basketball.”

“I’m not big on shot fake, jab step, all this other stuff . . if they’re closing on you, you either shoot, drive or an immediate ‘one more’ . . that’s it those are your only three options.”

“Every four minute time-out we’re going to tell you how we got scored on and then let’s talk about what we got do to fix it.”

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1:00 – Introduction
6:00 – Transferring Knowledge
7:30 – Offensive Ranking and Statistics
8:00 – Success on Offense
11:00 – Set Concepts, Philosophies, Break Options and Automatics
12:00 – The Concept of Tempo and Transition
16:00 – “Standing in the Corner” Concept
17:00 – “The Two Side Fast Break” Concept
18:00 – Moving the Point Guard to the Wing
20:00 – Training to be Point Guards
22:00 – What is Unselfish
23:00 – Defining Shot Selection
25:00 – Contested and Uncontested Shots
27:00- In-Game Offensive Charting
30:00 – Points per Possession
33:00 – Go and Attack
36:00 – Switching and Ball Movements
39:00 – Boomerang Concept
40:00 – Defensive In-Game Charting
43:00 – Giving Players Freedom to Play


Nate Oats





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