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 pack-line man-to-man defenses clogging the lane or against zone defenses. The back-and-forth guard-to-guard ball movement helps stretch and reshape the defense, setting it up nicely to be hemmed in by the low-post screen coming from the weak-side.

This posting is in response to direct requests from BrightCoach community members Craig and Coach LaMacchia – thanks for the requests, please keep the feedback coming, and of course guest posts are always welcome!

Read & React: 4-Out Guard to Guard Pin & Skip
  • Start in 4-Out set with low post on the weak-side.
  • 1 initiates the play with a guard-to-guard pass to 2 and immediately basket cuts.
  • 5 pin screens for 1.
  • 3 fills the open perimeter spot closest to the ball.
  • 2 immediately passes to 3 and basket cuts.
  • 4 fills the open perimeter spot.
  • 3 skip passes over the defense to 1 in the corner for a three-pointer.
Read & React: 4-Out Guard to Guard Pin & Skip, Screen the Pin Screen

This play starts exactly the same as the guard-to-guard pin & skip play outlined above, but the final cutter will screen for the weak-side low post, creating an easy entry for a layup.

  • Start in 4-Out set with low post on the weak-side.
  • 1 initiates the play with a guard-to-guard pass to 2 and immediately basket cuts.
  • 5 pin screens for 1.
  • 3 fills the open perimeter spot closest to the ball.
  • 2 immediately passes to 3 and screens for 5.
  • 3 feeds 5 flashes across paint for layup.
  • 4 fills the open perimeter spot.
  • 1 will be available as secondary option in corner for three-pointer.

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