15 Keys To A High-Scoring Fast Break With Danny Miles of Oregon Tech
At Oregon Tech, Danny Miles runs a numbered fast break. Coach Miles has won over 1,000 games (2nd all time among men's college coaches) and has one of the best transition teams in the country -- averaging a scorching 81.6 PPG while maintaining the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the nation at 1.43!!
Here are the 15 keys to running a high-scoring fast break...
- Run on both MAKES and misses. Don't just run on missed shots. Run at every opportunity!
- Spend a lot of time in practice getting the ball in
bounds quickly. There are a lot of opportunities for you to
fast break after made shots. You need to practice
getting it in quickly.
- Sprint the lanes, all 94 feet.
- Stay wide and know your lanes. You need to work very
hard at getting all five players running the lanes
properly. For drills, set the players up all
over the court and blow the whistle to have them
get in their lanes. You can use many of these drills
as conditioners that also teach them to get in
- Players must get in their lanes before reaching
half court. Even if you are way out of position, run straight across the
court to get in your lane. This keeps players from passing the ball to guys that have bad angles or running into each other in the lanes.
- Get ball to point guard as quickly as possible.
- 4 man runs rim to rim.
- You should try to score within four seconds after made shots. Have your point guard run a banana cut to get the ball. If the point guard can't get it, have one of your numbered guys on the outside lanes to break back to get it. But normally you can get the ball out so quick that it's very hard to defend it with a press defense.
- Pass the ball ahead to open man. Look up the court. Point guard does not dribble (like some teams do). Your point guard should immediately pass ahead. Your goal is to get the ball over the top to a big man for an easy basket. If that's not there, you'll look to attack with the dribble drive or shoot the three pointer.
- Any time you get the ball ahead, you look to attack. If you don't have anything, you should swing the ball and get into your motion offense.
- Big men always run hard.
- Substitute big men every 4 minutes so they can run hard the whole game.
- The break is designed to always get a big man on weak-side rebounding
position for early shots.
- Run transition drills every day.
- You could also have a couple set plays to run right after the break and then transition seamlessly into the motion offense.
Related Pages & Helpful Resources
Danny Miles's Secret To Motivating Players and 971 Wins - The Value Point System
Don Kelbick's Transition Offense and the Four-Second Fast Break DVD
Fast Break Basketball Offense - Phoenix Suns
Competitive One on One Fast Break Drills - 1v1 Attack
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