Ball Screen And Drive Basketball Play

When you have a talented point guard who is capable of dribbling to the hoop and scoring, use this basketball play Thad Matta runs with his Ohio State squad.

WHY USE THIS BASKETBALL DRIBBLING PLAY
The movements and screens create an opening for a skilled point guard to dribble hard into the lane and score as the defense recovers.

SET UP
The point guard (for Ohio State, this is Aaron Craft) starts at the top looking at an overloaded left side.

HOW TO PLAY
The point guard dribbles into the set and fires a pass to the right wing. The player on the left block relocates to the right corner while the player on the right side moves to the elbow. After the pass, the point guard clears to the left wing using an off-the-ball screen [1]. The ball handler uses a ball screen and dribbles across the top of the set. After setting the ball screen, the screener rolls to the left block. The dribbler hands off to the point guard coming high [2]. The player at the right elbow has curled to the top to set a ball screen and rolls to the hoop. The left wing spaces to the corner while the post comes high to draw the defender. The point guard dribbles to the hoop and scores [3].

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TECHNIQUE
Be sure all players have cleared from the right side of the lane to allow ample space for a dribble drive from the point guard.

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