Rick Barnes Texas Secondary Break by Adam Short
At Avila, I worked for a coach that ran great stuff as a Secondary Break. We would hurt a lot of teams executing out of our Secondary Break. I am a fan of a secondary break because it causes your wings to run wide and forces your “bigs” to run the floor. Also, a secondary break helps teams flow into their main offense easier. I am always curious to see what teams run for their secondary break. I was watching Texas vs Vanderbilt two nights ago on ESPN. One thing Texas does a great job of is getting out in transition. The point guard did a great job of passing the ball up the sideline and letting the wing create offense. Their “bigs” make it a point to run from rim to rim. What I liked even more was the secondary breaks they would run if they didn’t have anything from their primary break. I drew up three of their secondary breaks that I liked the most. On the first secondary break, the 1 will dribble 2 out. 2 will pop up and catch the ball from 1. At that time, 4 is setting a down screen for 3. 2 will swing the ball to 3. As 2 is swinging the ball to 3, 1 is running off a baseline screen from 4 and 5. As soon as 1 crosses 5, 5 is coming up to set a flare screen for 2. 3 can either hit 1 coming off the baseline screen or 2 coming off the flare. Both screens are difficult to defend. On the second secondary break, 4 will trail 1 as 1 is dribbling up the court. 4 will set a ball screen for 1. 2 will slice over the top of 5’s screen. 3 will cut to underneath the basket. 1 will hit 2. 5 will then sprint to set a ball screen for 2. 4 will set a down screen on 3 to take away the help side “D”. 2 is looking to get all the way to the basket or hit 5 rolling. Another option to the play is instead of 5 setting the ball screen when 2 gets the ball, 5 will dive to the block looking to post up. 4 will cut to the high post and get the ball from 2. 4 can either catch/rip and get to the basket or hit 5 for the high/low action. On the third secondary break, 1 will hit 4. 1 will cut to the free throw line. 4 will swing the ball to 3. 4 will set a down screen for 1; 4 will dive to the block. 3 will hit 1, 1 will swing the ball to 2. 4 will act like he is going to set a cross screen for 5 but will pop to the high post. 2 will swing the ball to 4; 4 is looking for 5 for a high/low
Adam Short begins his first year as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Cowley College. Short grew up in Indiana and was a First-Team All-Conference selection as a senior at Lake Central High School. He went on to attend Joliet (Ill) Junior College and helped the team to a NJCAA Division III national runner-up finish, while being named First-Team All-Conference and a two-time Region 4 Player of the Week. After Joliet, Short spent his final two years of college basketball playing at NAIA school Avila University in Kansas City, MO. At Avila, he scored more than 1,000 points in his career and earned all-conference honors each year at the school. He graduated from Avila in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in writing. Short then served as a graduate assistant coach with the Avila men’s basketball team from 2011-2013, and earned a Masters degree in Organizational Development in 2013. He also spent the past two years working with MoKan Nike Elite Youth Basketball League out of Kansas City, MO. His job duties consisted of coaching, scouting, and breaking down film.
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