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].

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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.