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PostPosted: 07 Apr 2016, 07:29 

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In connection with a book i'm currently researching, i'm
interested in learning the actual origin of these offensive strategies.
did john wooden, himself, invent them, or merely perfect them?
when you google "high-post offense", what pops up is the "ucla high post."

and, second, as a layman (i'm just a journalist researching a book on the final four), i'm having some trouble reconciling the seeming complexity of wooden's
offensive schemes with the fact that he kept his ucla practices so simple and his drills so easy to digest. can you explain that dichotomy?


thanks in advance for your help on this.


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PostPosted: 07 Apr 2016, 16:47 

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It's hard to know who invented an of the offense. It's a constant evolution and borrowing of ideas and putting your own twist on it. I would image Wooden got ideas from other coaches and put his own twist on the offense. But I really don't know.

I'm not an expert on the Wooden drills and won't be able to help there. Sorry.


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PostPosted: 13 Apr 2016, 10:49 

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There is an etymology for most offensive systems. When you are looking for information on high post and high low post attacks, the Wooden offense is a good sound offensive system. Some other systems you may want to look at along the same lines is the systems by Ralph Miller of Oregon State, Pete Newell and the Reverse Action Offense, and the Cincinnati Power Post Offense from Cincinnati, as well as the Triangle Offense used by Tex Winter.

Just some thoughts, feel free to reply with questions.

Brian Sass


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PostPosted: 28 Nov 2016, 01:00 

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In Chapter 1 of Wooden's book "John Wooden's UCLA Offense", he credits his college coach Ward "Piggy" Lambert with using a talented high post player named Charles Murphy in Purdue's offense. Wooden states that he used that offense in his first coaching job as a high school coach in Dayton, Kentucky. He added more to the offense and tweaked it to best serve his players' abilities.


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