Basketball plays

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, […]

Try BYU’s Buzzer-Beating Play

Try BYU’s Buzzer-Beating Play

From BYU’s playbook   The Cougars ran this play in an overtime loss to Harvard early last season — try it in your program when you are desperate for a 3-pointer in the waning seconds.   Why use it   Every team needs its go-to plays when a game is on the line. This one […]

Skip Past A 1-2-2

Skip Past A 1-2-2

Constant actions from a Horns set moves a 1-2-2 zone out of position, which allows you to create an open 3-pointer at the top of the key.   Why use it   An aggressive 1-2-2 zone defense can be a nightmare for the opposition. With a top defender slowing the initial action, it is difficult […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]