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Double screen produces wing 3-pointer

Double screen produces wing 3-pointer

From Jay Wright’s Villanova playbook Weak-side action slows the defense just enough to set up an oncoming double screen for your shooter who curls around the perimeter, comes free on the wing and hits the open jumper. Why use it It’s a great play when you want to create an open 3-pointer off a special […]

T.J.Rosene on how to get the best out of your team

T.J.Rosene on how to get the best out of your team

A couple years ago at a Point Guard College Clinic in Seattle, I listened to T.J. Rosene, the head men’s coach at Emmanuel College, Georgia, discuss how his team had led the nation in rebounding one year…yet never did a rebounding drill all season. “We just had guys who could chase down the ball, so […]

Houston Rockets: Fake action frees weak-side shooter

Houston Rockets: Fake action frees weak-side shooter

From J.B. Bickerstaff, assistant coach at Memphis Grizzlies, previously interim head coach Houston Rockets This quick-hitting play runs two decoys off screens toward the ball to command defensive attention before the shooter steps high from the elbow for an open jumper. Why use it Trailing 118-114 to the Clippers with 16.4 seconds remaining in the […]

O'Sullivan's top tips for turning parents into assets

O’Sullivan’s top tips for turning parents into assets

Are some parents driving you crazy? If you have parents who want to be involved but you’re not sure how to use them, John O’Sullivan has some ideas to help. O’Sullivan runs the Changing The Game Project and is an influential speaker who travels the country talking about how to improve youth and high school […]

Get the ball to your star player

Get the ball to your star player

From Lon Kruger’s Oklahoma playbook When defenses are fixated on overplaying your scorer, have the player take a step high, receive a backdoor screen and score on an over-the-top lob pass at the hoop. Why use it The best way to force a defense from constantly jumping the perimeter on your talented shooter is to […]

Circle the perimeter, score at the rim

Circle the perimeter, score at the rim

From Dave Rose, BYU Cougers head coach This play has a little bit of everything – baseline cut, handoff, dribble attack, backscreen and a lob at the rim creating a high-percentage scoring opportunity the defense can’t stop. Why use it Horns sets are perfect for backdoor plays as the wings are spaced to the sidelines […]

Horns play: Use curl as decoy to set up screen

Horns play: Use curl as decoy to set up screen

From Dave Rose, BYU Cougers head coach A guard in the corner comes off a double screen from both posts and the defense is convinced it’s a curl – fool them by having the curler set a backscreen for one of the post Why use it BYU’s Dave Rose has the Cougars scoring a lot […]

Parker Post-Up

Parker Post-Up

When your best player is a forward, look to pound the post, especially on an inbound play where the big man starts at the top of the key. The Situation Duke just had tipped off at home against Vermont. After being awarded the ball under the basket, the Blue Devils looked to their top player, […]

Play Maryland's simple handoff and tossback for 3

Play Maryland’s simple handoff and tossback for 3

From Basketball Coach Weekly The initial action has the point guard entering the ball and running off the pass as the backside movements demand attention… all while the play is a simple handoff and tossback for a 3. Why use it Maryland entered an important Big Ten matchup against Purdue as the No. 4 team […]

Flash, catch, seal & score

Flash, catch, seal & score

From Jared Curtiss, head girls coach at West Linn High Oregon Once again a post flashes middle but this time the pass goes over the top to a teammate sealing the defender on the opposite post for an easy scoring opportunity. Why use it When a post flashes to the middle and receives the ball, […]