Penetrate & Kick for an Open Shot

The second of Luke Hancock’s four straight first-half 3-pointers sliced Louisville’s deficit to seven and came off a play that all teams can run

WHY USE THIS BASKETBALL SHOOTING PLAY
This play draws the defense below the 3-point line and creates an opening for the best shooter to emerge from the corner for a long-range shot from the wing.

SET UP
The best shooter is positioned in the right corner (highlighted with the white circle) – for Louisville in the 2013 national title game, this was Luke Hancock. All other offensive players begin outside the 3-point line.

HOW TO PLAY
The point guard receives a ball screen on the left side of the court and dribbles right [1]. A pass is made to the right-wing area while an off-ball player, also on the right wing, moves low to screen for the best shooter, who is moving from the right corner [2]. The ball handler uses a couple of dribbles to penetrate, which draws his defender a bit lower. The shooter curls around the off the ball screen and is free as the defense can’t recover in time [3].

Issue8_imageTECHNIQUE
The off-the-ball screen for the shooter is key to create separation. If the screener can pick off the shooter’s defender and keep his own below the 3-point line, then an open 3-point look is sure to follow for the shooter.

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