Basketball Pick and Roll Offense

This pick and roll offense can be extremely effective if you have 2 to 3 good ball handlers and 2 post players who have the ability to set good screens, roll to the basket, and finish at the goal.

As you can see below, this pick and roll offense starts out of the 1-4 high set, but you can start it from any set that you prefer.

1 passes to 2.

4 sets a UCLA screen for 1.

1 cuts to the block. If 1 is not open, 1 cuts to the ballside corner.

5 steps out to above the 3-point line.
4 sets a ball screen for 2.

2 dribbles off of the ball screen and 4 rolls to the basket.

1 fills 2's position on the wing.

If nothing is open, 2 passes to 5.
After the pass to 5, 2 clears to the corner. 4 clears the post and cuts to the 3-point line.

5 passes to 3 on the wing.
5 sets a ball screen for 3.

3 dribbles off of the ball screen and 5 rolls to the basket.

2 fills 3's position on the wing.

If nothing is open, 3 passes to 4.
After the pass to 4, 3 clears to the corner. 5 clears the post and cuts to the 3-point line.

4 passes to 1 on the wing.

The pattern continues.

Related Pages & Helpful Resources

Executing The Basketball Pick and Roll
How To Use And Set A Pick In Basketball
Basketball Pick and Roll Plays
Basketball Pick and Roll Drills

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johnny willis says:
8/8/2020 at 7:44:22 AM

can you download the software or is it only available in dvd?


Eric says:
6/29/2014 at 12:07:16 AM

can you use this play against a zone also or just man.


Joe Haefner says:
12/13/2013 at 11:51:15 AM

Blake, I wish I could give you better advice, but I have not run this offense.

Just by looking at the diagrams, I like your idea of 4 screening again.

I would just have 2 dive to the ballside corner and 5 and 3 stay in their positions.

I might also tell 4 to wait to set the ball screen until 2 gets a few steps from the ballside corner.

If 4 sets it too early, there could be a lot of congestion.

Or you could reset or just let them play from that position and see if a scoring opportunity presents itself. It could throw the defense for a loop because they wouldn't be accustomed to the action.


Blake says:
12/11/2013 at 10:08:28 PM

I ran this today with my Varsity team and it worked beautifully. The problem is, my center kept moving the ball back from where it came to. Essentially, my question occurs after the wing gets screened and penetrates and stops, and then kicks out to the other big who has popped out on the perimeter. Once that big receives the pass, he is supposed to swing the ball to the wing closest to him and then screen him. What if, instead, the big throws to the opposite wing (5 passes to 1 instead of 3 in diagram three)? 1 then has the ball, but we have 2 and 3 overloaded on the same side. It seems the 4 could pop up again and screen the 1, but what movement would 2 and 3 make to balance the floor and continue the movement? Or would they just reset? I hope that''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s clear. Thanks in advance.


gerard says:
4/5/2012 at 5:00:47 AM

great play, thx Joe


Joe Haefner says:
4/2/2012 at 10:29:25 AM

Thanks, Ash. Got it fixed.


Ash says:
4/2/2012 at 10:08:01 AM

2nd diagram:
"If nothing is open, 1 passes to 5."

Shouldn't that be "2" passes to 5?


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