Inbounds Play (Under the Basket): Post 1

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This inbounds play can get you easy baskets by isolating your post player under the basket. This play is meant to be run against man to man defense.


1 PG
2 Big guard
3 Shooter
4 Front court player
5 Best post up player


  1. Player 4 screens across the lane for Player 1.
  2. Player 1 cuts to side.
  3. Player 5 screens, only as far as the basket.
  4. Player 3 cuts, as wide as possible.
  • The purpose for these cuts is to clear out the lane and allow 5 to seal on his screen.
  1. Player 2 looks to inbound to Player 5.
  2. If he can't find Player 5, Player 2 inbounds to Player 3.
  3. Player 5 holds his screen under the basket.
  4. 3 passes to Player 5.

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Ron says:
9/16/2014 at 11:30:55 AM

Like this play going to try it tonight with my high school girls team.


Ken says:
11/25/2012 at 7:59:07 PM

Coach -

As for 5 - IF he doesn't receive the pass from the inbounder.... and the ball goes to 3 - 5 needs to post up outside the lane above the block. That way there wont be any eggs laid with that play. :-)

5 is starting outside the lane, so he should be able to set a screen on the defender stepping out since he has to play on the inside of 5 otherwise (it seems to me) that 5 could get an easy pass.


coach prince says:
11/25/2012 at 7:44:50 PM

I am coaching a college basketball team. I am concerned that the 3 or 4 defender might easily cover the number 3 cutter in a 2-3 zone. I honestly think that 5 is the best shot since 3 will give defenders the diversion needed to get an easy shot beneath the hoop Also in the Philippines, we follow FIBA rules in amateur games so I am also concerned with 5 laying an egg at the paint (the way we fondly call a 3-sec violation in our

For my team, I would choose a tall guy to make the inbound and 1 to be my sharp shooter from the arc in case things get hairy down low. Then again, this play is brilliant


Jason Reese says:
11/22/2010 at 9:17:32 AM

I'm running a similar play. Mine is based on the last shot to win the game.


Chris says:
2/16/2010 at 10:29:36 AM

It is not an impressive inbounds play.
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Rob williams says:
11/9/2009 at 4:17:07 PM

Ouch! In relation to the 3 second call on out of bounds, I`ll hold my hands up on that one -My page 29 reads the same as yours!Just call it a `senior moment` my worry is that I seem to get `senior weeks` these days!


fact checker says:
10/31/2009 at 6:58:06 PM

Actually FIBA rules clearly state the ball has to be possessed in the front court and the clock has to be running. So this is a valid play to FIBA.
page 29 of the FIBA rules manual.


Ernie B says:
1/25/2009 at 8:11:31 PM

This play would not work on zone D.

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Michael says:
12/18/2014 at 12:44:52 AM

It can work fin on a zone. Say the defense is playing a 2-3.

When the 3 flashes to the corner, the side defender in the bottom three has to defend her/him.

If 5 seals properly, he/she has taken out the middle fo the zone defenders.


Rob Williams says:
12/5/2008 at 1:56:16 PM

Hey guys!You might be safe in the States with this one. however, in Europe FIBA rules clearly state that the 3 second call starts as soon as the inbounding player is handed the ball - ooops! Still a good play as long as the ball is inbounded sharp!


Coach says:
10/30/2008 at 6:39:21 PM

I will try this @ practice this weekend.


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