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Nate Oats Gets Big News For First Season At Alabama

Buffalo Bulls head coach Nate Oats reacts.

BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Head coach Nate Oats of the Buffalo Bulls reacts against the Arizona Wildcats during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 15, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It didn't take very long for Nate Oats to leave his mark on the Alabama basketball team. With the former Buffalo coach taking over for Avery Johnson, the Crimson Tide could potentially get back on the winning track.

One issue for Alabama was the abundance of players that submit their name into the NCAA transfer portal. John Petty, Kira Lewis Jr. and Dazon Ingram all opened the door for a possible exit from Tuscaloosa.

Lewis might be the biggest asset out of the three players mainly because he has three years of eligibility remaining. The freshman led the team in scoring with 13.6 points per contest.

While there is no telling if Lewis will return to the Crimson Tide just yet, Petty has made his decision.

According to college hoops insider Jeff Goodman, Petty plans on returning to Alabama for his junior season.

The sophomore guard will provide Oats a trustworthy shooter that can terrorize opponents from the perimeter. Petty averaged 10.2 points per game on 34.5 percent shooting from the three-point line.

Petty could potentially influence Lewis and Ingram to reconsider where they'll play college basketball.

The Crimson Tide can use a resurgent campaign, especially after missing out on the NCAA Tournament. However, it might depend on if Oats can persuade Lewis to return to Alabama.