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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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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