I got this play watching University of Northern Iowa when coach Greg McDermott used
to coach there. This is by far one of my favorite 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.
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.
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.
As Player 1 dribbles around the second screen set by Player 5, Player 2 sets a back screen
for Player 4.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If defensive player guarding Player 3 cheats in to the lane to help, Player 3 may be open for the skip pass.
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
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.
Assistant Coach Eric says:
8/19/2010 at 2:15:24 AM
Great ball and player movement...like 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...
it's a good play.. the last option though may seem to be risky but when it's applied in a real game, #3 will still be open 'coz for sure #3's defender will help when the bigman slides to the shaded lane
I agree with the comments about the skip pass to the 3.but the 3 can move up to the along the 3point line(especially if 3's defender helps off him) he can be diagnol from the weakside elbow and the 2 can make the extra pass that helps avoid skip pass but only works if 2 makes the extra pass to 3 along the 3 point line.
nice drill, everybody is moving and in the same time we got the chance to have a weak side pass to 3 or a pass to 4 and 5, in this case we have more than an option ,inside and outside options, i like it , and i think that the players will like too .
thanks coach for this nice work you are doing , you are making our job easier .
We run a variation of this play...we use 3 and 2 to set a double screen for 4 then 2 gets a screen for 5 coming out on top of the arc...I like your version as well, we will add it as a change up to what we already do!
I used it as a "surprise offense" and it worked though we don't have a real center, but our 2 is in reality a 3 who can shoot from the top and the 3 in the diagram is a good shooter from the corner who was left alone by sagging defenses:when he received the ball he had lots of time to shoot. Good rebounding positions. Timing is very important.
Several remarks that I read are 'afraid to use the skip pass to #3'...if you run the play hard, sharp and physical, #3 man should be crashing the boards/rebounding, instead of an optional outlet pass. The main problem with a skip pass is that too many folk don't know how to teach it...if you use that pass with this in mind, it can be more successful: utilize a jumpshot-pass, use a no-look/no brainer pass, use a hook-no look pass...Each of those three are great; eliminate the telegraphing part of it and it works better. Try it in practice, you may be surprised at your success ratios. Merry Christmas.
I love the staggered screens that take place...after reading some of the readers feedback it seems there is a concern for the #3 standing too much in the corner and the last option for a cross court skip pass to him late in the series. Just a suggestion...since #2 is a shooting guard, why not utilize him after his back screen for #4 by having him screen down on #3 who breaks to the top to receive the rotation pass from #1. Continue the rotation and hit #2 for the shot at the wing or corner or have him hit #5 coming back down from the elbow.
The last "optional" pass (the skip pass) will be there against a decent defense that is taught to play midline/helpside defense. I really think this option is crucial (at all levels) because it will allow 5 to seal and drag down the lane. Think about it, he will be denied by his defender by being between the ball and the 1 man. on the skip, 5 has a great opportunity to seal.
I like the play but i think a reversal to the 5 as he pops then a screen for the 3 man set by the 2 for a curl would be a better option.the 4 would have to pop out to the wing. but i think it gets everyone involed
I use this play all the time with my under 16 boys and the isolated no. 3 is a profficient 3 pt shooter and scores an average 4 threes a game, at 65%. He also drives well on the open side, but, having an excelent passer as your no. 1 is essential.
Just a suggestion. Instead of the cross court pass from the 1 to the 3, how about swinging the ball around the 3point line from the 1 to the 2, and then the 3. I feel that is a safer option especially when your talking about teams 18 & under or a smaller team vs. a bigger team. I still love this play. Correct me if I'm wrong.
great play good movement on the floor and i agree with the mates 3 is not moving and the skip pass is dangerous maybe we could use the 3 to set a back screen for the 5 who goes traight to the basket to get the pass from the 1
I do agree with all the comments made. I think to add more movement for the 3 is to have 4 set a back screen for the same shot on the opposite 3point line. This remves the risk of the skip pass.However timing is important like you mentioned in your tips.
Looks like a great play to run with HighSchool kids, however I coach a youth basketball team with 10 and 11 year olds, it's real difficult to run this with them. Unfortunately it's a bit too complicated, if you do have any alternatives to this play which is a bit easier to run please do let me know, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I understand your concern with the cross court pass. I should've mentioned above that this is not the type of pass you want young basketball players to be throwing. Usually around ages 13 to 15 is when kids are strong enough to be effective when throwing that kind of pass.
You only want to throw this pass when the player guarding Player 3 is cheating way over to help out on defense. Otherwise, the pass is VERY risky.
I love this play. I'm on my way to practice now and i'm gonna give it a try, although I agree with Darrel Jimson that the cross court pass does look a bit risky, but you haven't lead me wrong so far so i'm gonna do it the way it's drawn up...Thanks!