I’d always heard of football coaches scripting out their first 5 or 10 plays of a game, but it’s not something I’d heard of basketball coaches doing. However, when I met up with frequent Basketball Coach Weekly contributor Justin Duke (author of 46 Winning Warm-Ups), who says he sometimes scripts his first few plays to help build confidence.... MORE
Initial Movement Clears Space, Opens Middle
Use a downscreen then a low screen to create space for a talented ball handler to secure a pass, use a pick and score at the basket
WHY USE IT
The screening and ball movement action is a lot for defenders to follow – watch the middle open up during these actions.
Start from a standard Horns set with a post player near each elbow and a shooter in each corner. The entry is a bit different this time as the high post moves low first, then circles high.
HOW TO PLAY
The left elbow screens down for the eventual ball handler in the left corner (2). 4 then comes high and receives a pass from the point (1). 5 shifts to the weak-side block . 4 dribbles right. 1 relocates to the left corner as 4 dribbles across the set. 5 screens and frees 2 coming high as well as 3 curling across to the left side . 4 hands off to 2, then sets a ball screen for him. 2 uses the screen and penetrates into the middle as 3 and 5 clear to the corners creating more open space .
3 and 5 must clear or the lane becomes clogged and 2 has nowhere to go. 2 must allow 4 to shift into screening position after the handoff. 2 looks to attack the rim or kick out a pass to 1 circling into an open window.