Author Archive | Michael Austin

Shot clock

A Nationwide Shot Clock?

Today I want to talk about a hot topic right now – a nationwide shot clock. I recently learned that states using a shot clock are actually out of compliance with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), meaning they technically can’t vote on potential other rule changes in that sport. Every survey […]

Attack, attack & kick for 3

Attack, attack & kick for 3

One of the best ways to beat a zone is to use dribble penetration to attack, which causes the defense to collapse and frees shooters moving into open shooting windows   Why use it   There is no better team in women’s basketball year-in, year-out than the University of Connecticut. The Huskies put on a […]

Basketball Trophy

The Great Trophy Debate

My 7-year-old daughter’s basketball season wrapped up a few weeks ago and we didn’t hand out trophies (we went to a local place for milkshakes – that was their “reward” for putting in the time and effort during the season). The year prior, we did. At this age, I don’t mind either way and see […]

2 screens 2 Options to score

2 screens, 2 Options to score

A low screen and curl to the perimeter from the corner works so well, you should try it twice to keep the defense guessing and set up a 3-pointer or the screener rolling to the hoop.   Why use it   A low screen with a pop to the wing is nothing new but defenses […]

See a zone Run these actions

See a zone: Run these actions

Zones are meant to confuse offenses, so be sure your players know exactly what to run as soon as the opposition changes course and moves from man to zone.   Why use it When a team quickly throws a zone at you, it’s best to have a set offense to run so you players don’t […]

Triple-option pinch can't be stopped!

Triple-option pinch can’t be stopped!

Look for an initial handoff, a developing post-up and if those options fail, send the player in the opposite corner off a weak-side double screen to curl into the lane for a catch and layup.   Why use it This play keeps all five players involved and is almost certain to produce a score if […]

3 V's of communication as a leader

Dave Thorson’s 3 Vs

Dave Thorson recently led his De La Salle program (Minneapolis) to its sixth straight 3A state title in Minnesota. When he discusses buy-in from players, coaches should listen. Thorson spoke at a clinic I attended a while back, and shared his thoughts on the “3 V’s of Communication as a Leader” to the crowd on […]

'Voodoo' Conjures Up 3 Options

‘Voodoo’ Conjures Up 3 Options

The actions aren’t that complicated but produce 3 legitimate scoring options — one of which is a corner 3-pointer while the other two are high-percentage shots near the rim. Why use it This essentially is a two-man play as 3 and 5 hang near the perimeter to pull their defenders away from the action. This […]

Touch the Lines

Touch the Lines

I was attending a basketball clinic a couple years ago and heard something that was new to me – the presenting, very successful coach, Clif Wegner (Clackamas Community College in Oregon) said his mantra was “We Touch The Lines.” It seems simple enough but I think there’s something really key in this. “We have a […]

High-post entry doubles options

High-post entry doubles options

From Bill Liley, head boys coach at Newton High in Iowa. A 3-person game on the ball side forces defenders to make a decision as everyone comes together into a cluster. Why use it When facing man defenses, you want to create confusion and force defenders into decisions about responsibilities rather than allowing them space […]