Inbounds Play (Under the Basket): Post 1


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


Player 4 screens across the lane for 1.

1 cuts to side.

5 screens, only as far as the basket.

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.


Player 2 looks to inbound to 5.

If he can't find 5, 2 inbounds to 3.

5 holds his screen under the basket.

3 passes to 5.


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matthew says:
12/20/2007 at 8:54:11 AM

it looks great I will try it practice


rogelito h. abanggan says:
12/22/2007 at 7:27:34 AM

It's nice and simple play. but again use tall inbounder


Michelle Saleeba says:
12/22/2007 at 8:45:18 PM

This looks great, i'm a little concerned that with juniors player 5 might get caught on the 3 second key way rule?? How should I direct this player so that she doesn't get caught waiting in the key?


Don Kelbick says:
12/24/2007 at 8:42:53 PM


The 3 second count doesn't start until the ball is inbounded. Since the pass goes to the 5 player, it shouldn't be an issue. If the inbound pass goes to the corner (3), it should be a bang-bang play into the 5.

If the pass goes anywhere else, the 5 has to get out of the lane.

Don Kelbick
Contributing Editor Breakthrough Basketball


antoin sanders says:
3/6/2008 at 8:43:11 AM

Michelle I''m a referee middle school,high school, and college. On this play don''t worry about the three second call because the is not in play yet. Once the ball touches a player any player on the throw in the clocks starts. If your team gains possession like it should on the inbounds play then three second call in effect. Also, If you did not kniow this the three second call starts after every shot. If you have any other questions feel free to email me.


rui furet says:
9/25/2008 at 6:52:12 AM

Looks nice, simple and good for the big man.


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

I will try this @ practice this weekend.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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

It is not an impressive inbounds play.
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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.


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


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.


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

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


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