The passing game can be run out of any set but eventually works into a 1-3-1 set, preferably with a point guard, 2 shooters and 2 post players. The perimeter players have to be skilled ball handlers, the post players must be good screeners and be able to pass from the high post and score from the low post.
The offense is executed by a set of rules that allows players to make their own decision.
- Players should maintain 15' spacing
- After passing, the passer can:
- Screen away
- Basket cut
- Replace himself
- Don't stand for more than 2 seconds
- If overplayed, go back door
- Dribble is used to:
- Improve a passing angle
- Go to the basket
- Escape trouble
- The lane is reserved for post players
- Try to maintain high/low spacing
- Post players can:
- Screen for perimeter players
- Screen for one another
- Ball should be reversed as often as possible
- Every 3rd pass should go to a post
- Post looks low and then opposite
The North Carolina Passing Game has made point guard a celebrity position, beginning with Larry Brown moving on to Phil Ford, John Kuester, Jeff Lebo, Buzz Peterson, etc. It is not a coincidence that these former North Carolina point guards are all considered outstanding coaches.
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