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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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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 ...

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Flex Offense Alternative Entry Play & Quick Hitter: Double Stack for Baseline Three-pointer

The baseline out-of-bounds play outlined below provides a great entry into the Flex Offense to keep the defense off-balance. The “Double Stack” flex entry variation emphasizes a quick-hitter to your best shooter coming off a double screen on the baseline, with a secondary look to the post player flashing to the high-post. Initial setup in double stack at each low post. 1 ...

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Sideline Out of Bounds Play: Matt Painter Purdue Three-Pointer Staggered Screen

This sideline out-of-bounds play by Purdue’s Matt Painter creates a wide open three-pointer off a double staggered screen for your best shooter. This play also flashes a secondary shooter to the opposite side, and establishes an isolation post-up for your big-person.   2 is your best outside shooter 5 is your low post player 3 down screens for 1 flashing to the top of ...

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Sideline Inbounds: Hubie Brown 10 Seconds or Less Inbounds Play For Three-Pointer

This sideline inbounds play from Hubie Brown provides multiple three-point options along with a backdoor lob. This is a well-design play for teams that are down by two with less than ten seconds left in the game. 2 sets a down screen for 3 to flash to top of the key for a three-pointer. 4 and 5 double screen for 2 cutting to ...

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Zone Offense Quick Hitter: “1-3-1 Fist Down” – Izzo Michigan State

This zone quick hitter comes from Tom Izzo of Michigan State. “Fist-Down” creates tremendous decision-making pressure on the interior of the zone defense, putting them in a no-win situation regardless of who they cover. It comes from Izzo’s Basketball Smorgasboard of Drills and Basketball Wisdom DVD. The play uses a screen in the middle of the zone to free up a ...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: “3 Chop” High Post vs Man or Zone

This Read & React Quick Hitter works out of a 3-out 2-in set. It combines high-post action with the Read & React principles to create ball reversal opportunities that work well against either zone or man-to-man offenses The offense lines up in a 3-out, 2-in set with the post players playing in the ball-side high post and weak-side short corner. Versus Man-to-Man: Versus ...

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Triangle Zone Offense Overload Against Odd-Front 3-2 or 1-2-2 Zone Defense

Opposing coaches run odd front zones (3-2 or 1-2-2) to place tremendous pressure on your ballhandlers, typically extending the zone far outside the three-point line. The triangle zone offense outlined below overloads vulnerable areas of the odd-front defense–the high post and the baseline wings–to create shooting opportunities for your offense.  The play calls for the 5 and 4 to work in ...

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Zone Offense Quick Hitter: “1-3-1 Arm Chop” – Izzo Michigan State

This zone quick hitter comes from Tom Izzo of Michigan State. “Arm Chop” presents a fairly straightforward set of actions that work well on the youth basketball level, as well as high school and college. It comes from Izzo’s Basketball Smorgasboard of Drills and Basketball Wisdom DVD. The play uses a screener at the top of the key to create gaps ...

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“Diamond” Side Out-of-Bounds Play from Bob Hurley

You can run this out-of-bounds play from either the sideline or baseline. The team aligns in a diamond formation with your best scorer at the top. The ball-side wing screens for 2, then receives a back-screen and rolls to the basket. If the defense stops this initial action, the inbounder passes to 4, receives an immediate handoff, and then has multiple ...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: “Magic” Post Screen & Backscreen

This Read & React quick hitter applies multiple Read & React principles to create low post and perimeter back-screen scoring opportunities for your team. The point-guard initiates the play with a speed dribble at the 3 person on the wing, sending the wing on a basket cut to screen for the post. Following this screen, the 3 person back-screens their way ...