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Bob Hurley “Weak Link” Peer Pressure Passing Drill

I recently came across Bob Hurley’s “Weak Link” passing drill, loved it for its simplicity and effectiveness, and had to share. It comes from Hurley’s “Bob Hurley: Practice Planning & Program Development” DVD. For more content from Hurley, please check out Bob Hurley End-of-Game Press Break and “Diamond” Side Out-of-Bounds Play. Hurley makes this a part of...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: “Dagger” Pass & Cut or Dribble-At Screen For Weak Side Post

This Read & React quick hitter is ideal for youth teams running the Read & React who are looking to feed the ball into the low post. It combines a simple pass & cut or dribble-at action with a basket cut screen for the weak-side post player. I really don’t want to overcomplicate this play. It’s a stone-simple method for forcing ...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: 4-Out 1-In Flex Cut For Layup

This Read & React quick hitter incorporates a flex cut and backscreen into the offense out of a 4-Out, 1-In alignment. The primary option is for the person flashing off the screen into the paint for a layup; this quick hitter then offers a secondary option as the perimeter player downscreens to “screen the screener” often creating an open jumpshot at ...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: Guard-to-Guard Pass & Cut, Speed Dribble Throwback for Three Pointer

This pair of Read & React quick hitters can be run from the 4-out, 1-in alignment with the post player on the strong-side setting a screen for an open corner three-pointer. As with most quick hitters, I like to think of them in pairs – a primary and a counter – to keep defenses guessing towards the end of a ...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: 4 Out Guard-to-Guard Pin & Skip plus Counter

This pair of Read & React quick hitters can be run from the 4-out, 1-in alignment with the post player on the weak-side setting a screen for an open corner three-pointer. Both plays utilize similar actions and vary with a few small adjustments working well together as a primary play and counter. The pin & skip play is extremely effective against ...

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1-3-1 Half-Court Zone Trap

The 1-3-1 zone defense provides strong coverage to the high post and wing area while putting great pressure at the point of attack. Teams often incorporate a half-court trap out of this zone creating a look that has two players trapping the ball, two players in the passing lanes preventing ball reversal and a pass down the sideline, and one player ...

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1-2-2 Half-Court Zone Defense & 1-2-2 Half-Court Trap

The 1-2-2 half-court zone defense provides strong on-the-ball pressure at the top of the key and great coverage against perimeter shooters, while keeping the rules for the point guard and two low post players very simple. This defense can be disguised initially as a straight man-to-man by extending the point-defender into the backcourt.  The high-post and center of the defense are ...

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2-3 Zone Defense With Corner & Wing Trap Rules

The 2-3 Zone Defense has existed since the game’s origins. Zone defenses assign each player defensive responsibility for a certain area or zone, rather than an individual offensive player. The most commonly used zone defense is the 2-3 zone. In this defense, two defenders guard the top areas of key and three-point area, while three defenders cover the paint and two ...

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Bob Hurley End-of-Game Press Break “Flood”

This press break from high school coach, Bob Hurley, puts severe pressure on the opposing defense late in games when they’re gambling to get turnovers. Hurley especially likes this press against the diamond press or 1-2-2 press. The press break releases the two guards long, while the two bigs flash from half-court to the ball. When the point guard reaches half-court ...

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Three Flex Offense Entries from the 1-4 High Set

This article outlines 3 flex offense entries from the 1-4 high offensive set. Running these alternate flex entries from the 1-4 set creates favorable spacing versus defenses that may be clogging the lane against your traditional flex spacing. They also create play-making opportunities at the elbows if your bigs are also skilled passers that can see cutters over the defense    1-4 High ...

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“Hoya” Baseline Out-of-Bounds Play Entry Into Flex

The baseline out-of-bounds play outlined below comes from the Georgetown Hoyas and provides a great entry into the Flex Offense from a dead-ball situation.  The creates several layup opportunities for cutters flashing to the basket. Setup with two players at low posts, and two players stacked at ball-side elbow. 5 flashes to corner and receives pass from 1. 3 cuts high as safety ...