Set Play: Rolling

This is a really simple play that gives you lots of options near the basket, or an open jump shot. This play can be used in late game situations, or as a set in your half-court offense.


Player #1 should be a good ball handler and passer. Player #2 should be your best shooter. Player #5 should be good at jumping, catching, and finishing near the basket. Player #3 is your screener and rebounder. Player #4 should be a good post player.


  1. Player #4 and #5 should step out from the high post and position themselves near the three-point arc so the #1 can dribble off their ball screens.

  2. Player #1 should dribble off #5. As Player #1 rubs off the screen, Player #2 should be spotting up in the corner and Player #4 rolls to the basket.

  3. Player #1 can drive all the way to the basket, pass to #2 in the corner, or hit #4 rolling to the basket.


  1. If a quick shot was not taken, Player #3 should then back screen for Player #5.

  2. Player #1 should look for the lob pass to #5.

    You also have the option to enter the ball into #4 in the post. Then hit player #5 from the post, instead of throwing the lob.

    Depending on the shot taken, be sure that Player #3, #4, and/or #5 are ready for the rebound. One of them should be in good position for a second shot.


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Jim Graff says:
2/14/2007 at 7:34:49 AM

I like this play the options are key.


coach isaac says:
2/14/2007 at 12:36:40 PM

this is a nice little play i am looking foward to using it with my high school team as well as my youth team.


Rachel says:
2/15/2007 at 12:24:07 PM

I think this is a nice play, I will defenitley try this out!! This will be good to run when your just looking for another look on the offensive side. Thanks


Avraham says:
5/17/2007 at 4:48:26 AM

Do you have a collection of sets use in the NBA?


yards says:
8/23/2007 at 3:25:56 AM

this is a nice play also were going to set this kind of play to our becoming intramural' s


Coach Green says:
8/29/2007 at 10:21:13 AM

I like the movement ,especially the lob at the end.


Coach Green says:
8/29/2007 at 10:32:00 AM

How about starting from a box set and have your bottom men break out based on which way the point goes,that way if you have a good point, he should be able to get to the basket more often.


Joe Haefner says:
8/29/2007 at 1:38:41 PM

Coach Green,

That's a great observation. In order to do this, both your players on the bottom will need to be 3-point threats.

Some teams may not have two deadly shooters, so they will only be able to run it one direction like in the play above. Otherwise, the defender on the outside wing player (Player 2) can slouch into the lane to stop any dribble penetration (Player 1) and stop an entry pass into the post (Player 4). which takes away 3 of the 4 options off the play.

Especially, if you get scouted, it would be very important for both bottom players to be 3-point shooters if you wanted to be able to run it to either side.


timothy says:
1/6/2008 at 12:17:54 AM

nice play


Doni says:
2/16/2008 at 10:42:43 AM

It is good for a learner to learn certian helped me to learn basket ball without a coach.It does the work of the coach.
thank you


sujay says:
3/13/2008 at 10:49:43 AM

i just love basketball


shevaun donaldson says:
3/29/2008 at 10:15:11 AM

i think it is good because once you pass the ball into the post thats where the defense will rotate and 5 will have an open lane


dmk says:
9/10/2008 at 11:55:03 AM

neat play


Coach B says:
1/25/2009 at 8:22:52 PM

I coach 7&8 yr old girls and I will try this play


Broughsef says:
2/1/2009 at 7:58:47 PM

this play is the sheezy it f in tight it always work no matter the defense


bhagwan says:
2/12/2009 at 1:48:43 AM

WooooooooooooooWWWWWW awe some...


coach black says:
12/3/2009 at 4:36:58 PM

sounds like anice simple play hope my team can get it


babyface says:
1/31/2011 at 6:31:47 PM

kewl beanz man dis iz a nice play


basketball freak says:
3/9/2011 at 4:54:12 PM

this is a good play i look forward to running it my basketball teams tourment in a couple weeks.


Larry says:
4/6/2011 at 1:17:21 PM

Couldn''''t you make this a reseting offensive play if you add to it. Run the 2 off of a staggered double screen from the four and five? the 2 would be a look for a catch and shoot either baseline or fouline extended, depending on the defense. If it is not there you are back in your original set except 3 is now the 1 and 1 is now the the 3. Just run the play in the other direction.

I have found if you can have a complete set that goes back to the same starting point, you can run your offense longer and find the easly look, because teams don''''t play sound defense that long.


Michiel B says:
9/23/2011 at 2:56:05 AM

I tryed this play last night, but i noticed player #3 mostly is standing still(waiting for rebound or to set back screen) Schouldn''t be more dynamic?


Christos P. says:
7/2/2012 at 3:08:50 AM

The play is good and simple. You have four options at least to get a shot or play at the low post but there is a drawback. The one side is overloaded, the defense is gathered even rotated and the other side -the weak side- is empty. So, a screen from the Player#1 to Player#2 in order to change side and get a shot after a rebound would be an alternative and more flexible choice I would say.


Spencb says:
12/11/2012 at 2:29:28 AM

love the web site. ima a first time coach never played regulation ball but love the game. these plays are simple enough for me to understand and effective enough to give my kid the tools they need to have a chance of winning. this whole site has coached me through coaching. thank you for the time you guys have put into it


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