A quick hitter out of USC's secondary break

By Kevin Germany


This quick hitter is from USC's men's basketball coach Andy Enfield. Enfield presented this quick hitter at a coach's clinic in Las Vegas.

It is designed to get your best shooter an open jump shot directly out of the secondary break. It forces the defense to cover a lot of ground in order to closeout on the shooters. It also provides a smooth transition to a 3 out 2 in motion offense.


Set up in a 4 out 1 in set. 1 is on the strong side. 2 and 3 are in the corners. 4 is on the low block. 5 is trailing on the weak side.

5 sets a down screen for 3. 1 makes the pass to 3. 4 sets a screen for 2.

5 sets another screen for 2. 3 passes to 2 for an outside shot.

If the shot is not open, look for 5 on the post up. 5 normally gets a good post up opportunity out of this set.

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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Ken Sartini says:
7/16/2014 at 8:07:27 AM

Garrett -

That is pretty much teaching them how to play the game... I like that for kids that age. Pretty much the KISS method.

The more kids have to think the slower their feet become. JMO


Garrett Murphy says:
7/15/2014 at 10:16:03 PM

I coach in the 10-12 league, so I'm right in your range.
At this age, the "basic" plays are all I recommend: pick-and-roll and give-and-go, though I also push for off-ball screens. Anything that requires players to know more than two options and it's pretty much a waste of time even trying unless you have some sort of prodigy on your hands...and I guess you'd need two of them!


Ken Sartini says:
7/15/2014 at 7:26:27 PM

Great thoughts Joe....They should out law plays at the youth level.


Joe Haefner says:
7/15/2014 at 6:38:27 PM

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7/15/2014 at 6:38:10 PM

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Joe Haefner says:
7/15/2014 at 6:36:08 PM

Tim, if you are going to work on plays, I would recommend that they are extremely basic.

5th graders don't typically have the skills to execute detailed plays properly.

You could have Coach K or Phil Jackson draw up plays for you and it won't matter.

If players can hardly, shoot, dribble, or pass, how are they supposed to run plays?

Focus on skill development and offensive concepts.

Work on the passing, ball handling, shooting, finishing, and footwork.

Work on spacing, pass and cut, and cutting backdoor when overplayed.

If you really want to use some plays, do something extremely basic. You can do something simple like a ball screen, down screen, back screen, or cross screen if needed.

Personally, I only run a 2 to 3 plays with 7th and 8th grade teams. And they're extremely basic.

I teach them things that are going to benefit them in the long run. Even though things typically start out slow in the beginning of the season, we end up beating teams that we shouldn't by the end of the season. This happens because we focus on developing better players versus better plays.


Costas says:
7/15/2014 at 6:10:40 PM

I like this play. I would also have the 4 player flash up to high post after he set the pick for 2. That might give the guards on the perimeter another option if our shooter(2) is slower than his defender.


Ken Sartini says:
7/15/2014 at 3:55:12 PM

I would suggest a simple pass and cut motion offense. JMO


Tim says:
7/15/2014 at 11:03:09 AM

looking for some direction on 5th grade girls plays


Ken Sartini says:
7/15/2014 at 8:11:47 AM

This is a great set .... 1 screening down for 4 is good and 5 can flash for a hi low look.

IF 5s defender is in a strong denial mode.... you can lob over him OR pass if off the glass... sounds weird but it can work with some practice.


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