Michigan State

A handoff pass and plenty of off-the-ball action opens multiple scoring opportunities to keep defenses at bay

WHY USE THIS BASKETBALL PASSING PLAY
The 1-4 High opens the half of the court closest to the basket for attack. This play sends multiple players toward the basket in an effort to score an easy bucket.

SET UP
This is a standard 1-4 High with the guards spaced to the wings and the posts positioned at the elbows. The point guard has the ball at the top of the set.

HOW TO PLAY
The point guard dribbles at a wing for a hand-off pass. The new ball handler dribbles hard to the left. The opposite wing moves toward the baseline, then sprints back to the perimeter with the help of a screen from the opposite post and receives a pass (1).

1

On the throw, the passer immediately cuts hard toward the hoop and has space as the high post steps out to set a pick (2). If that is not available, the wing passes to the post, who then reverses the ball to the point guard.

2

The player originally targeted for the alley-oop pass comes across the lane and screens. The weak-side post comes to the ball-side block with arms high and the defender sealed (3).

3

TECHNIQUE
Keep the area near the basket unclogged by keeping offensive players out of there.