Nate Oats on Alabama basketball player Darius Miles’ character prior to arrest: ‘Nobody saw this coming’

The solely character issues that arose when former Alabama basketball player Darius Miles was evaluated throughout his recruitment had to do with basketball, slightly than private character, Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats stated Friday.

Miles is certainly one of two males charged with capital homicide within the capturing loss of life of Jamea Jonae Harris, 23, early Sunday. He is being held with out bond, and a possible trigger listening to has been set for Feb. 7.

Oats stated Miles’ recruitment occurred through the COVID-19 pandemic, which required contact through Zoom and cellphone calls slightly than in-person, however stated he was assured in Miles’ character as a highschool recruit.

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“You get the everyday ‘He’s so proficient, typically possibly he takes performs off,’ however that had nothing to do along with his character off the ground in any respect. There had been zero off-the-floor character points once we recruited him. And to be sincere with you, even when he was right here, we had no actual points with him off the ground,” Oats stated. “He was a likable child, everyone favored (him). The solely points we ever had had been to strive to get him motivated to play just a little more durable in observe, be extra constant, simply basketball stuff. Nobody saw this coming.”

According to arrest warrants made public earlier this week, Miles advised police he offered a handgun to Michael Lynn Davis prior to the capturing, and that witnesses recognized Davis because the shooter. Investigators imagine the capturing stemmed from a minor argument between Harris, Miles, and Davis.

Harris and an unidentified man had been in a car when she was killed by a single gunshot wound. The unidentified man returned hearth, and The Tuscaloosa News has authenticated a video wherein at the very least 11 pictures might be heard in an alternate of gunfire.

Per the movement for bond filed on Miles’ behalf Thursday, he had no prior felony historical past, in accordance to his attorneys.

Oats stated he tries to go deeper than suggestions from highschool coaches in evaluating the character of recruits.

“The coach often does not need to say something (dangerous) a couple of child, and we get that. We get a considerably sincere analysis from most coaches, however they need their youngsters to go to the best degree they will, if that is smart. You get just a little extra honesty once you begin calling the academics, the principals, steering counselors. … We had been at a college, me and Brian (Hodgson) had been, a pair weeks in the past in Ohio. We talked till the night time custodian. They had observe within the night, so that is the custodian that is across the workforce on a regular basis when no one else is round. You discover much more out about youngsters performing some analysis like that.”

Oats additionally stated he suggested his workforce on how to deal with the likelihood that college students or followers of different groups, throughout Alabama street video games, would possibly say derogatory issues to gamers in regards to the fees in opposition to Miles. Oats stated there have been no such points on the Crimson Tide’s sport at Vanderbilt earlier this week. UA travels to Missouri on Saturday.

“If individuals need to be ignorant and say issues which might be fully out of line … this is not a case the place anyone received in some mild bother. These are critical issues. There is a 5-year-old that does not have a mom anymore,” Oats stated. “This isn’t, to me, one thing college students ought to be joking about. If anyone does occur to say one thing, I advised our guys ‘You’ve received to be robust sufficient, robust sufficient, to simply say ‘We’re right here to play basketball.'”

Reach Chase Goodbread at cgoodbread@gannett.com. Follow on Twitter @chasegoodbread.

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