From the box set, this basketball quick hitter is designed to get a player open in the low post. Obviously, the idea is getting the ball to a good low post scorer ... whether that's a post player or a player who has a scoring advantage against his defender. O1 can initiate this play to either side, depending on which post player he wants to … [Read more...]
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Here is a simple screen-the-screener basketball play that is quite effective. By 'screen-the-screener', one player sets a screen and then immediately uses a screen. The passer has multiple options to create a scoring opportunity. O1 initiates the play by dribbling to his right. The dribble entry clears out O2, who cuts through and sets a cross … [Read more...]
This basketball play from the box set formation is simple to execute at all levels. With an effective double downscreen, this play can create a 3-point shot or a few other options. O1 dribbles to the wing while O3 steps opposite and cuts to ballside short corner / corner. O4 and O5 step into the lane to set the double downscreen for O2. … [Read more...]
This sideline out of bounds play is intended to get a scoring attempt when there are but just a few seconds left on the clock. It will also work quite well against a defense that is up and pressuring/denying. When the official hands the basketball to O3, O4 and O5 flash hard into the backcourt. O2 turns and sets a screen for O1, and then … [Read more...]
This play was originally posted at the Hoops U. Basketball Coaching Academy. Want more plays, more drills, more everything? Join The Academy today! The Flare Iso Pick and Roll Play can be a very useful quick hitter coming out of a timeout or even at the end of a quarter or game. This play can be used when a 3-point shot is needed or when you … [Read more...]
Here is an effective quick hitter you can run against a zone defense. It will probably work best against a 2-3 zone defense, but can be used against other zone defenses. This basketball play uses a quick reversal and then counters back the other way to get a good shot attempt. If the potential shooter is defended, he has multiple passing options … [Read more...]
A huge thank you to Coach Jeff Osterman for sharing this play with us. Coach Osterman is currently the associate head coach at the University of South Florida (bio) and is also a regular contributor to the Hoops U. Basketball Coaching Academy. Be sure to check out his website at CoachOsterman.com and if you're on Twitter, he is a great follow … [Read more...]
The purpose of this quick hitting basketball play is to get the basketball in the hands of a player who can dribble-drive to attack the basket. The main looks are for his own shot, but options abound for creating a shot for a teammate. Players set up in 4-Out, 1-In set. O1 starts on the right side and initiates the play by passing over to … [Read more...]
We give a very special thank you to Coach Michael Lang for sharing this play. You can find more from Coach Lang over at the Hoops U. Basketball Coaching Academy. Avery High Line is a different take on the 'normal' line out of bounds play. In most instances, coaches run 'line' against zone defenses. They also set the line with the low player … [Read more...]
Zipper Isolation Play is a basketball play from a box set formation that utilizes a couple of zipper cuts to get your best scorer in a one-on-one isolation situation. It is a nice quick hitting basketball play when you need a basket from one of your best players who can create their own shot. The players start in a box set. The point guard … [Read more...]
This basketball play is part of our 2015 "12 Plays of Christmas". See all 12 basketball plays here. Triple Stack Lob Play is an excellent play when a lob pass is wanted. This play can be successful against teams who overplay and/or overextend their defense. It can also be a great play to run as a last second option. Many teams shy away from … [Read more...]
This basketball play is part of our 2015 "12 Plays of Christmas". See all 12 basketball plays here. Box Pick-and-Roll Option is a fantastically simple basketball play from the box set formation. It is especially useful for a team that has a point guard who can penetrate and score effectively. It is also a good play in that it allows for other … [Read more...]