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Sean Miller Arizona Passing Game Motion | 2013 NAU Clinic

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Sean Miller Arizona Passing Game Motion |   2013 NAU Clinic

• Refers to it as their default or “termination” offense (quick push in
transition, after UOB that doesn’t score, offensive rebound, etc.)
• Termination = the play, after the play
• They make the basketball court a “map” taping down important areas on the
court for players to visualize
• Very big on having program use same terminology, has a sheet of every term
used in program
• Like to run their motion higher on court and tape down “motion line”

  • Runs a foot above the block, sideline to sideline
  • He likes players to take baseline drives in this as there is spacing available
  • Top of key area = Pocket (like pocket in football)
  • Pocket = pass
  • Does not like drives from top of key, no room to make plays

“(Receiving screen) Slow to cut, (screener) sprint to screen”

• Cutter should always be aware of, ‘where is my man and where is ball’

Types of screens used in Passing Game  |  Sean Miller Arizona Passing Game Motion

1) Away Screen
a. Guards looking to curl
b. Posts always screen and ‘peel back to ball’
i. Get a lot of shots from this
c. 2 players are communicating as post is coming to set away screen and
if there becomes an opportunity for post to change angle, (i.e. pinning defender in, guard spotting
up or spacing to a spot) Post or Guard yells, “CHANGE”
2) Back Screen  |  Sean Miller Arizona Passing Game Motion
a. Use ‘Fist Up’ = I’m coming to get you
b. “Back screen for a passer”
i. Screener sets back screen then can look to pop for quick 3 if
defender doesn’t jump to ball c. “Back screen, button hook”
i. If guard jumps to ball, guard takes him into post, reverse pivot post up (Similar to duck in)
d. “Switch”
i. Screener goes chest to ball, cutter finishes his cut all the way through (Like a receiver
running a route)
ii. Another good opportunity to ‘button hook’
3) Flare Screen  |  Sean Miller Arizona Passing Game Motion
a. Only set for good shooters
b. Only bigs set
c. Guard must read man, curl around flare is always open late
d. “Sitting Duck” – guard sitting in help, away from man
i. Guard on O run straight off screen, no need to engage with defender. Run to a spot
e. Screener setting flare can pop back for 3
f. As ball is in air to flare man, big can roll to hoop after screen
g. Miller loves flares vs “switch” (Finish cut, chest to ball – like a slip
action on POB)
4) Ballscreen   |  Sean Miller Arizona Passing Game Motion
a. Likes posts passing to guards and follow and get action
b. Bigs can set screen and “rim run” as opposed to “screen and roll”

Additional Thoughts  |  Sean Miller Arizona Passing Game Motion

“When in doubt, move the ball or move yourself” Ball reversals = Good offense
When teams switch POBs – Likes big to slip quick and guard to come off screen and
drive hard

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