CN: Talk a little bit about the
type of player Dominique is and what Cyclone fans can expect to see in
Oats: The best thing that I like about him and what McDermott likes about him is the fact that he's a leader. Everything that you need for a point guard to be good, like communicating, leading by example, talking on the court, getting people in the right spot, understanding where everybody is supposed to be, he's great. Dominique is as good as anybody I've ever had as far as inspiring and leading the team from that point guard spot. He's really good at it.
As far as on the court and how he plays, he's not lightning quick but he's shifty. He changes speed a lot. He can get by guys but his shoulders are big enough and strong enough where he can finish well near the rim. He's really been working on his shot. He shoots it really well for a guy that's a distributor. He's great about the pick and roll which McDermott loves. I sent him a highlight video of Dominique and he couldn't believe that the kid was only a sophomore making all of the reads off of the pick and roll that he did last year. We run a lot of pick and roll just like McDermott does.
CN: Let's say that Dominique doesn't commit right now. How many more offers will he have if he's a senior?
Oats: I think a lot. There's a bunch of schools that are trying to get in. A lot of them thought that he's only a junior and he wasn't going to make a decision early. Obviously a lot of them are going to be disappointed. I think everybody is going to be wishing that they would have come in on him harder a lot earlier than they did.
CN: I know that your team is going to go head to head with Diante Garrett this season, what's your opinion on this guard tandem that the Cyclones will have in the future.
Oats: I saw Diante play this spring in some AAU
stuff. I'm actually from
CN: Being his coach, what are your expectations for Dominique now that he's heading into his upperclassmen years?
Oats: He's got two years of a ton of varsity experience. He started a full year as a sophomore. He played a bunch as a freshman behind a Big Ten point guard who was senior when he was a freshman. He's got a ton of experience and he's still got two years to go so I'm looking at him like he's a senior now. He's kind of taking it that way and we've got a chance to be really good. He's a big part of it. I feel really confident about our team this year because we've got a lot of good players, and we've got a guy like Dominique who can lead and get guys where they need to be and be an extension of a coach on the floor.