Backpick Sets Up Weak-Side Shot

Sometimes a struggling offensive player just needs a clean, open look at a 3-pointer – use this set to create that scenario

WHY USE IT
Shooters can get into a rut. But, a single made jumper can get them going. This play results in an open 3-point shot attempt.

SET UP
The player who needs to get going from the perimeter is trailing the play into the front court. The ball handler dribbles into the right corner.

HOW TO PLAY
As the ball handler penetrates the defense into the corner, the intended shooter sets at the top [1]. The player in front of the shooter flashes to the ball, receives the pass then quickly sends a pass to a player cutting behind him. The passer relocates to the weak side for spacing purposes [2]. Now near the right block, the player with the ball looks to the weak-side wing. The player there screens across to pick off a trailing defender as the intended shooter relocates to the left wing. The pass is made and the open 3-point shot is taken [3].

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TECHNIQUE
The shooter needs to hang near the top of the set and not give away his intended final location, otherwise the defense know to cover the backside. Catch the ball and shoot in rhythm before the defense recovers.