Basketball plays

Low screen creates high-low opportunity

Low screen creates high-low opportunity

From Pat Fitterer, Washington State Basketball Coaches Hall of Famer. When you have a tough point guard who loves to set screens, this is a perfect play to create an in-close scoring chance for one of your post players. Why use it Post players don’t enjoy being screened by guards. Many times, these big players […]

1-4 High leads to lob

1-4 High leads to lob

From Wes Kosel, assistant coach at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. This quick hitter relies upon right-side action to draw defensive attention, then uses the left-side advantage by sending a forward to the rim for a catch and score on a lob pass. Why use it Starting in a 1-4 High against a man defense […]

High-post entry has backdoor option

High-post entry has backdoor option

From Pat Fitterer, Washington State Basketball Coaches Hall of Famer. A pass to the high post on the right leads to a possible backdoor layup on the catch or let the actions develop and create an open 3-point shot on the left wing. Why use it This play offers a quick backdoor option and if […]

Fake handoff, kickout for 3

Fake handoff, kickout for 3

From Roger DeBoer, a state-champion coach at Lynden Christian High Washington. Engage the defense with a dribble entry, then attack the opposite side by executing a fake handoff and running the shooter off a screen to come free for a 3-pointer. Why use it This play shifts the defense to the right before attacking the […]

Brad Stevens' set to beat a shrinking clock

Brad Stevens’ set to beat a shrinking clock

From Brad Stevens’s Boston Celtics playbook Brad Stevens knows how to use a shot clock to his advantage – do the same with this play featuring many movements leading into a backdoor cut and layup. Why use it When a team has to defend for 25 to 35 seconds, inevitably a breakdown occurs – and […]

1-4 High "Sonic" has 2 options

1-4 High “Sonic” has 2 options

From Bill Liley, the head boys coach at Newton High, Iowa. Starting from a 1-4 High, create action on the left side, then attack the right off a ball screen and either hit the roller in the lane or the shooter flaring to the corner. Why use it 1-4 High plays are tricky to defend […]

Find the forgotten inbounder

Basketball Plays: Find the forgotten inbounder

From Geno Auriemma, head coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team. Slip the baseline inbounder to the opposite block as you attack the strong side with the dribble to create a high-percentage layup opportunity vs. a man defense Why use it Many times when the action is on the side upon which […]

Golden State's "Elevator" creates top 3

Golden State’s “Elevator” play creates top 3

From the Golden State Warriors playbook The ball handler initiates action with a pass, moves to the corner, comes off a screen into the lane and sprints up the middle toward the top off a pair of screens for an open shot. Why use it The constant action, passing and screening in this play makes […]

Deep dribble, ball reversal create weak-side shot

Deep dribble, ball reversal create weak-side shot

From the Iona playbook Iona drove the ball deep into the right corner against Iowa State, only to reverse it the other way and hit a shooter flaring to the opposite corner for an open shot. Why use it Iona had all it could handle in the first round of the NCAA men’s tournament. The […]

Celtics' late-game 3-pointer

Celtics’ late-game 3-pointer

From Brad Stevens’ Boston Celtics’ playbook The Celtics used this play to create a late-game 3-pointer on a side out-of-bounds set by throwing over the top to draw attention, then toss back to the perimeter in second-level action. Why use it A low screen sent the center to the weak side for a long pass. […]