Top-Of-Key 3-Pointer

When a defense double-teams a ball handler, execute a quick pass to the screener and an extra pass to the relocating wing for an open 3-point try.

WHY USE THIS BASKETBALL PLAY
Many basketball teams today doubleteam the ball handler on a ball screen. This forces defenders to scramble. One extra pass allows for an open 3-pointer.

SET UP
In its overtime victory over Butler last month, Villanova ran this play to perfection to start the extra session. In typical Jay Wright style, four players are located outside the 3-point arc.

HOW TO PLAY
The point guard passes to the wing and relocates to the opposite wing. The player at the top of the key moves into position to set a ball screen for the wing [1]. The wing dribbles left off the ball screen and draws two defenders with him. The screener continues moving away from the ball and receives a quick pass. The point guard sets a screen for the left wing, who is moving toward the top of the set [2]. As the defense scrambles to cover the ball on the right wing, the left wing now has hands ready at the top of the set. A pass is made and the shooter knocks down the open 3-pointer [3].

3-pointer play

TECHNIQUE
Scout the opposition prior to the game and even ingame to see if the defensive tendency is to run a double team at the dribbler when receiving a ball screen.

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