Basketball Play: UNI Set Play


I got this basketball play from watching the University of Northern Iowa when coach Greg McDermott used to coach there. This is by far one of my favorite set plays out of a box set. It involves two ball screens, a back screen, and a screen the screener that opens up a 3-point shot.


Player 1 should be an excellent ball handler with the ability to drive. Player 2 should be a good shooter. Player 3 should also be a good shooter. Players 4 & 5 should be your post players.


uni diagram 1
  1. Player 1 dribbles to the left wing and switches directions with the dribble. As soon as Player 1 comes to the wing, Player 4 should step out to the 3-point line to set the screen and Player 3 will pop out to the wing.
  2. Player 5 will follow almost instantly to set a second screen for Player 1 near the top of the key.

*Timing is crucial here. You don't want Player 5 to come out too early or too late. It will take practice to get the timing down.

uni diagram 2
  1. As Player 1 dribbles around the second screen set by Player 5, Player 2 sets a back screen for Player 4.
  2. After dribbling around the second screen, Player 1 will have a split second where he can attack the hoop. He will want to utilize a hesitation dribble here. If nothing is open, it's very important not force it.
uni diagram 3
  1. As soon as Player 4 clears the screen set by Player 2, Player 5 sets a down screen for Player 2. Player 2 will flash to the top of the key for an open 3-point shot.
  2. If Player 4 is open flashing across the lane, Player 1 will throw the pass. If that's not open, the second option is to pass the ball to Player 2 at the top of the key.
  1. If neither one of the first two options are open, Player 5 may be open flashing to the ball after Player 2 has cleared the screen.
  2. If defensive player guarding Player 3 cheats in to the lane to help, Player 3 may be open for the skip pass.

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lex says:
4/4/2021 at 11:01:54 PM

is there a youtube link somwehre where we can see this play in action?


fred linker says:
9/12/2018 at 11:44:05 AM

after 5 screens 1 and 4 has 5 screens 2 have reverse the to 2
reverse again to 3 5 pops to wing and 4 back screens for 1


lewis schoenberg says:
5/28/2014 at 11:14:23 PM

Its a good set play, but there's no ball movement. tough to run if the point guard is getting pressured.


Coach Piper says:
3/11/2013 at 5:32:53 PM

It is a good little skip pass hit flash 5 and then hi-low to 3 coming to key if no shot dribble out and hit 2 at top and run another play


Mike Bake says:
10/12/2011 at 7:35:50 PM

I will most definitely use this play since I have some good shooters, and hopefully I can get my 4 man to get his hands up and look for the ball!! This play works, I seen it first hand while at WSC before Coach Mac went to UNI


Bryan B. says:
8/3/2011 at 9:52:55 AM

Great play. The 4 is open all DAY!! of course you can run this the opposite and have the 5 open. Another option is to position your 4 & 5 outside the elbows, this way when the pt. guard comes back across if he get's a good pick he can penetrate right down the middle. Also if your 2 & 3 are good ballhandlers... be patient and get them the ball at the top of the key with the whole side open and let them attack the basket. Just teach a good swipe and attack.


Derek Purcella says:
4/10/2011 at 11:35:37 PM

I've ran it before. It works like a charm.


coach morshed saleem says:
1/6/2011 at 9:04:51 AM

its agood play i would like to recieve more plays of this kind please


Assistant Coach Eric says:
8/19/2010 at 2:15:24 AM

Great ball and player the screen set for player 1 to have split second chance of attacking the basket... in case of ball interception from 1 player..number 4 and 5 are bigger enough to defend the transition play...


sharad says:
7/17/2010 at 1:27:11 AM

nice move..i will try to continue if not successful....thanks, .


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