Basketball plays

Side-Stack, Cross-Court Jumper

Side-Stack, Cross-Court Jumper

An off-the-ball double screen stymies the defenders who can’t recover in time to challenge the open mid-range jumper. Why use is Move the inbounder to the opposite corner and shift the defense. A right-side double screen frees your shooter. Set up Stack three players on the lane line closest to sideline where the ball is […]

Create 4 options from 1 play

Create 4 options from 1 play

Keep your players screening and moving so the defense simply can’t take away one scoring opportunity — and if one fails, teach your players patience as another chance emerges.   Why use it   Horns plays are fantastic for creating multiple options. This one keeps the ball moving around the elbows while screening away and […]

Use Your Smart Center

Use Your Smart Center

From Basketball Coach Weekly   When you have a center with above-average court awareness, use this to your advantage to exploit several potential scoring options out of a 1-4 High look   Why use it   Centers aren’t usually handed complete decision-making within a set play. But, when your tallest player also is one of […]

‘Wildcat Horns’ Scores Top 3

‘Wildcat Horns’ Scores Top 3

From Basketball Coach Weekly   The point guard starts the action with an elbow-entry pass, disappears low, then comes high off a down screen to catch a pass and shoot a top-of-key 3-pointer.   Why use it   There are so many options from a Horns set and this one creates a top-of-key 3-pointer as […]

Create A Last-Second Layup

Create A Last-Second Layup

From Basketball Coach Weekly   When you just need 2 points in the closing seconds to tie the game, you want actions to get the highest-percentage shot at the hoop when inbounding from the baseline.   Why use it   Now trailing Croatia by two with 1.8 seconds remaining, Spain ran the following actions for […]

Double Low Screen Frees Shooter

Double Low Screen Frees Shooter

From University of Miami   After receiving the initial pass, the shooter relocates to the opposite block, only to come to the perimeter off a pair of screens for an open 3-point shot.   Why use it   Starting with five players above the free-throw line leaves a lot of room to operate closer to […]

High Handoff Increases Options

High Handoff Increases Options

From Wes Kosel, an assistant coach with the Colorado College men’s program in Colorado Springs There are inside options to start, then perimeter-shot options follow in this set utilizing the threat of or an actual handoff to keep the defense guessing. Why use it Defenses are at risk to giving up backdoor cuts and scores […]

Sideline Set Nets 3

Sideline Set Nets 3

From Basketball Coach Weekly   An inside double screen with a shooter coming high baits the defense to shift left as one of your screeners flares right for an open 3-point opportunity.   Why use it   Trailing Croatia by four with 17 seconds remaining in the Olympics, Spain’s men’s team ran this sideline play […]

Look For The Long-Distance Lo

Look For The Long-Distance Lob

From Wes Kosel, assistant men’s coach at Colorado College   Going 94 feet in a second or less remaining on the clock is not an easy task — you need to create action going toward the hoop with a lob pass so the shot is a quick one.   Why use it   Unlike the NBA, […]