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West Virginia: Counter a 1-3-1

West Virginia: Counter a 1-3-1

From Bob Huggins, head coach for the West Virginia Mountaineers While it’s important to attack the open baseline against a 1-3-1, throwing the ball to the middle then firing a pass to the opposite side gives you a numbers advantage and an open shot. Why use it West Virginia faced Baylor’s stingy 1-3-1 defense in […]

Grab A Seat, Get Better Off The Dribble

Grab A Seat, Get Better Off The Dribble

Only allow one dribble to get to the hoop after grabbing the ball off the chair to develop an explosive, fast first step. Why use it Too often players look indecisive with the ball in a game – give them a lot of first-step repetitions in practice so they are better prepared to attack in […]

Utah: Kickback to screener for 3

Utah: Kickback to screener for 3

From the Utah men’s team playbook The upper half of a double screen to free a corner player eventually pops to the wing and is wide open for a 3-pointer when the lower half pins the closest defender. Why use it The Utah men’s team ran this play against Oregon in the Pac-12 play. It […]

Boston Celtics' cross-court 3-pointer

Boston Celtics’ cross-court 3-pointer

From Brad Stevens, head coach of the Boston Celtics This is the perfect play to run when there only are a few seconds left on the clock – it creates spacing for a shooter without the ball being in play. Why use it Most teams don’t risk a turnover on a cross-court sideline pass to […]

Maryland's backdoor counter shreds defense

Maryland’s backdoor counter shreds defense

From Maryland’s playbook The Maryland Terrapins run this set to create an opportunity near the rim, because once the corner defender cheats high, the backside is wide open for a layup. Why use it Two minute and 10 seconds after running the set on page 4, Maryland came back with a Horns look and started […]

Implement your Philosophy In Every Area of the Program

Implement your Philosophy In Every Area of the Program

To me, this is the first step in developing your program because it gives direction and purpose for everyone involved. My belief is that individual player development (both mental toughness and basketball skills) and what you are able to accomplish in practice are the keys to the success of your team. I have listed philosophy […]