‘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 creates more space near the hoop and makes it easier to score.

Set up

1 takes the ball out on the side. 5 and 3 align outside the 3-point line looking at 1 as if they are about to move toward the ball. 4 is on the ball-side block with 2 on the opposite block.

'Voodoo' Conjures Up 3 Options

How to play

4 steps into the lane and screens for 2. 2 sprints along the baseline toward the ball-side corner. 1 passes to 2 if open but generally the defense has this well-covered, so 4 seals the defender, catches an inbound pass and makes a 1-on-1 move [1]. If 4 has a defender on his or her back, 4 comes toward the ball and catches the inbound as 2 moves high. 1 follows the pass [2]. 4 hands off the ball to 1. 1 dribbles and attacks the hoop for a layup [3].


Those simple first motions in Diagram 1 set up the remaining options. The defenders become worried about 2, which allows 4 to establish low position and catch the inbound pass deep into the set. On the handoff option, it’s important 2 comes high to pull his or her defender away from the hoop.