Fake Handoffs, Double Screen & Score

Tennessee used a pair of high-percentage scoring plays to claw back into its Sweet 16 game vs. Michigan – the first uses a fake double handoff and results in a layup.

WHY USE IT

A fake handoff isn’t easily detected as the ball could be in either the original player’s or potentially receiving player’s hands – use this deception to create spacing.

SET UP

Trailing by double digits in the first half against Michigan, Tennessee decided to attack the rim with high-percentage plays to cut into the deficit. This play starts with two players at the right-side high post and the scorer in the left corner.

HOW TO PLAY

The point guard dribbles left and passes to the lower of the two high-post players coming to the ball side [1]. After passing, the point follows the ball and the ball handler executes a fake handoff with him. The right high post then curls around for a fake handoff as well. Both players then form a double screen and the left-corner player curls high [2]. The curling player then receives a handoff pass, rubs off the shoulder of the passer and dribbles hard to the rim as the defense trails [3].

1

1. The player who eventually ends up driving to the hoop starts away from the action

2

1. Place the ball directly in the player’s stomach as he runs by to sell the fake handoff could be real – this draws defenders away from the final action
2. Run hard off the double screen and be in position to receive a real handoff

3

1. Once securing the ball, dribble hard down the lane’s middle and attack the rim
2. The passing player rolls toward the hoop in case a pass-back is needed or to follow a missed shot


TECHNIQUE

The player who receives the initial pass has to sell each of the fake handoffs as real. It’s similar to option movements of a football quarterback and running back.

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