Category Archives: Basketball Set Plays

Josh Schertz Lincoln Memorial Set Plays

Josh Schertz Lincoln Memorial Set Plays

Josh Schertz Lincoln Memorial Set Plays by Wes Kosel

Lincoln Memorial University, an NCAA Division II institution located in Harrogate, Tennessee, has been a powerhouse in Division II since Josh Schertz took over. Schertz, who was named the Head Coach for the Railsplitters in 2008, went 14-14 in his first season and never looked back. After that first season, he went to 20-9, and since then has never lost more than 6 games in a season. His combined record the past three years is 92-9 and overall he is 204-47. In 2015-2016, Lincoln Memorial made a run to the NCAA Division II National Championship game, but lost to Augustana (South Dakota) in the final. Before coming to LMU, Schertz was an assistant at High Point University, Queens University, Lynn University, and Florida Atlantic University. He is a three-time National Coach of the Year and a four-time South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year.

Lincoln Memorial Set Plays

Cross Elevator

This play is designed to get an open 3-point shot on the wing. The play starts with 1 passing to 3 on the left wing and then cutting to the opposite corner. 3 drags the ball up to the top of the key as 5 and 4 set an elevator screen for 2 at the left elbow. 2 cuts through the screen to the left wing for a shot or rip and drive baseline.

Josh Schertz

Pitch Weave PNR

The Railsplitters start in a 2-3 high set and go through a couple of dribble handoffs (weave action) to start the play. Once LMU is ready, 5 steps out and sets a high ball screen for a guard getting the ball off of a weave handoff. The ball screen can be timed to be set towards the single side or two-man side if preferred.

Josh Schertz

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Josh Schertz Lincoln Memorial Offense

Coach Bill Self – Pinch Post Set Plays

Coach Bill Self – Pinch Post Set Plays

Coach Bill Self – Pinch Post Set Plays by Wes Kosel

Here are three plays going through the pinch post from Kansas Jayhawks Head Coach Bill Self. Self, known for his high-low offense and post play, gets some really good looks out of his pinch post plays. The pinch post is defined as the post player at the weak side elbow with no players on the wing, corner, or block on that same side of the floor. The action has been used a ton in the NBA and has started to trickle it’s way down to the college level. Teams often get into the action by clearing out a guard, but teams can also run right into the formation in transition. The pinch post is even more effective if the big that you are throwing to is a playmaker and/or good passer. Similar to the “point series” used in the Princeton offense, once the ball gets to the high post there are a number of actions that can be used. The first option in all of the plays is a catch, rip, and drive by the big for a layup.

Bill Self Kansas Pinch Post Set Plays

Pinch Post Drive

The ball gets to 5 at the pinch post and is thrown to 2 on the wing. As 2 gets the ball, 4 seals his man and works him up the lane line for the post entry pass.

Coach Bill Self

Pinch Post Handoff

1 loops around 5 at the pinch post looking for a handoff. Once 1 has the ball, 5 screens for 3 who cuts behind the action for a shot.

Coach Bill Self

Pinch Post Hi/Lo

Similar to the first play, but the angle is different with 1 cutting towards the slot to get the pass from 5. With this angle, x4 may be on the outside of 4 or playing behind. Either way, 3 looks to get the ball inside for the post up.

Coach Bill Self

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Kansas Jayhawks Pinch Post Set Plays

Slipping the Screen by Wes Kosel

Slipping the Screen by Wes Kosel

Slipping the Screen by Wes Kosel

This playbook features five set plays with a slip screen. The most common time that coaches use a slip is in a ball screen situation, but slips can be used in other screens like down screens, stagger screens, and others. A slip, when referring to ball screen coverage, is best used when a team is showing high (like in a hard hedge) or attempting to switch. The slip action is a quick cut to the rim before the defense can react and adjust. Against a hard hedge, the screener’s defender is above the action and has a lot of ground to make up when trying to get back to the slip cutter. Often, the help side defenders will have to absorb the slip cut leaving open shooters on the other side of the floor. Make sure to give credit to a player who makes a hard slip, is guarded by a help side defender, but opens up a shot for a teammate in the corner. The play won’t be recorded as an assist, but the cutter is the one who opened up the shot opportunity for his teammate. Another great action to use when slipping the screen is to follow with a second ball screen. This can be a great way to still get a ball screen action if the slip isn’t open, but can open up the slip cut since the screener’s defender will now be in the middle of the ball screen action.

Lastly, a staggered screen away from the action can be a perfect opportunity to slip. If one of the stagger screen defenders tries to jump the cut, one of the screeners can turn and slip to the rim.

Slip Set Plays

1-4 High #1

slipping the screen

1-4 High Baseline Triple

slipping the screen

1-4 High Post Play

slipping the screen

1-4 High Slip PNR

slipping the screen

2-3 DHO Stagger

slipping the screen

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Slip Set Plays by Wes Kosel

Butler Action Set Play by Wes Kosel

Butler Action Set Play by Wes Kosel

Butler Action Set Play by Wes Kosel

Here is a play used by Brad Stevens at Butler to get an open lob at the rim. We used a variation of this play at Colorado College, and it really works well if you have a 4 man who is athletic (or put your most athletic player at the 4 spot in the play). The “Butler Action” as we called it was basically a pitch by the point guard to the trail man followed by a drag and pass/back screen for the 4. Often, we were able to get a lob on the play so we didn’t need to continue, but the play can keep going with a staggered screen for the point guard. This play can also be a great way to get the ball to 4 posting up inside if the lob isn’t open.

Butler Action – Brad Stevens Lob Play

The play starts with 5 on the left block, 3 and 2 in the corner, and 4 and 1 in the slots. 1 passes to 4 and cuts around a back screen from 5 at the high post. 4 takes a dribble or two to the right and passes to 2 lifting up to the wing. The momentum of the dribble brings x4 towards the middle of the floor, and on the pass 4 cuts around 5 looking for a lob pass form 2 at the basket. If the lob isn’t there, 4 holds his man off as the ball is reversed to the left wing. Once 3 has the ball, 5 and 2 set a staggered screen for 1 inside. You can also run a variation where 1 clears out on the initial cut and the staggered screen is then set in the corner instead of 1 starting on the block.

Butler Action

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Butler Action – Brad Stevens Lob Play by Wes Kosel

Chapman Basketball – “Trojan” from Coach Krikorian

Chapman Basketball – “Trojan” from Coach Krikorian

Chapman Basketball – “Trojan” from Coach Krikorian

Here is a set play from Chapman assistant coach Dan Krikorian. Krikorian has a brilliant offensive mind, and I will be sharing some of his set plays in the coming weeks. He joined the staff in 2013, and helped lead the Chapman Panthers to a SCIAC Tournament Championship and Division III NCAA Tournament berth. Before that, Krikorian coached at Costa Mesa High School. He played at Chapman under Head Coach Mike Bokosky, graduating in 2007. Last season, Chapman went 20-7 (12-4 in conference play) including an 11-1 record at home. The Panthers shot 41.4% from 3-point range as a team and averaged over 76 points per game. Chapman won the SCIAC Conference Tournament beating Claremont Mudd Scripps and Redlands, but lost to Whitman in the First Round of the Division III NCAA Tournament.

Chapman Panthers – “Trojan – Rider Series”

This play starts in a diamond set with 2 under the basket, 3 at the top of the key, and 4 and 5 at the right and left high post areas. 4 screens down for 2 and 3 rubs around 5 to the right corner. As 1 dribbles left, 2 clears to the right side as 4 sets an up screen for 5 at the right elbow. If 5 isn’t open on the cut, it is often because his man jumped in front or because x4 is helping on the cut. If x4 helps, 4 is open at the high post. Once 4 has the ball, he looks to pass to 5 sealing inside. If 5 isn’t open on the hi/lo look, it is probably because x3 has moved over to help in the lane. If x3 helps, 4 looks to pass to 3 in the corner for a shot. This is simple action, but making reads based on how the defense should guard the play can open up shots for your offense.

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Chapman Panthers – “Trojan” by Coach Krikorian

5 Set Plays from Coach RB

5 Set Plays from Coach RB

5 Set Plays from Coach RB

Here are 5 set plays from Coach Randy Brown. Coach Brown, or Coach RB, is the founder of Elite Coach Mentoring, which is a program for young coaches and aspiring college coaches. In his program, Coach RB provides career advice, valuable resources, and webinars to educate coaches on how to navigate the coaching profession. His program also includes access to his Coaching VAULT which includes tons of resources, playbooks, clinic notes, videos, and more. To learn more about Coach RB’s Elite Coach Mentoring, visit his website here: Coach Brown also runs the Iowa Player Development Academy and Tough U.

Set Plays from Coach Randy Brown

Box Diagonal

This box set has a diagonal down screen followed by a staggered screen for a shooter.

Chin Side

In this play, 2 cuts off of a back screen at the high post and then the big goes into a ball screen on the right wing. The play starts in a 2-3 high formation, common with the princeton action sets.

Elbow Twist

This is a horns set play with an entry to the high post. 1 then cuts to the block and screens for 3 who cuts into the lane. 5 sets a down screen for 1 who cuts back out to the perimeter. If 4 passes to 1, 4 and 5 set a staggered screen for 3 in the lane. In the second option, a triple staggered screen is set in the corner for 2.

Flex 141

This flex play starts with a quick pass/pass back from 1 to 4 to 1. 5 sets a flex screen for 3 on the left block, and after 3 clears the screen 5 sets a flare for 4. 1 looks to drive on the play and can make several passes out to shooters or to 5 and 3 inside.

EOG Need a 2

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Set Plays from Coach RB



Scouting Report Set Plays by Wes Kosel

Scouting Report Set Plays by Wes Kosel

Scouting Report Set Plays by Wes Kosel

Below are 15 set plays from a scouting report that I did last season in the SCAC (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference). This is just a small section of our scouting reports that included team statistics, individual and team tendencies, offensive and defensive overviews, our game plans, and the x’s & o’s. Depending on the opponent (and the complexity of the offense), the amount that we would give our players varied. Often, we would give the players all of the plays on paper to study, but only go over the most used plays on the floor and in our walk-throughs. Some players really enjoyed having this information to read and study, and many others never looked at it. As coaches, we wanted to give the players all of the information so that it was available if they wanted to use it. During my two years at Colorado College, we had a point guard who had a very high basketball IQ and enjoyed reading and studying the plays. He was smart enough to know what was coming from the other team and how we would want to defend it. Having players like this can make coaching the game plan a lot easier. The age of your team (especially the ones playing) will affect how much you can throw at them as far as adjustments, tweaks, etc. The playbook has a ton of different actions including man plays, zone sets, and baseline out-of-bounds plays. If you have any questions about the plays or terminology please contact me at One of my favorite plays used by our opponent in this report was the 1-4 High Post to Wings. The big comes off of a screen from 2 and can rip baseline for a drive on the move.

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15 Scouting Report Set Plays by Wes Kosel

Dave Rose BYU Cougars Set Plays

Dave Rose BYU Cougars Set Plays

Dave Rose BYU Cougars Set Plays by Gibson Pyper

Dave Rose byu cougars set plays

BYU head coach Dave Rose is probably the most underrated coach when it comes to X’s & O’s and his great dribble hand off motion. His motion offense is based off dribble hand offs into pick and roll action and having the floor spaced, typically in 5 out with a ballscreen. Utilizing four guards on the court and dribble hand offs almost all the time, it makes guarding this action tough especially if players know how to run a ballscreen. You will love these Dave Rose BYU Cougars Set Plays.

Dave Rose BYU Cougars Set Plays: “Double”

As well as his motion offense being difficult to guard, the half court sets and specials he runs are tough to stop as well. The first set out of their “Double” series is a stagger screen for a guard from the four and five man with the guard intentionally curling directly to the basket. After the guard clears, the first big man sets a ballscreen for the point guard and the guard who curled inside comes off a baseline screen from the other big looking to get a shot.


Dave Rose BYU Cougars Set Plays: “Double – Special”

The same exact action as before, except this time the guard that curled off a stagger screen first will hesitate like he will cut off the baseline screen and then set a cross screen for the big to look to get a quick hitting layup.


Dave Rose BYU Cougars Set Plays: “Double – Flare”

The same action to start this set is the stagger screen from both bigs and the guard curling in to the paint, this is the decoy action. The guard 3 clears to the corner from there and the 2 or shooting guard sets a ballscreen for the point guard. As the point guard comes off the ballscreen the 2 man cuts off double flare screens from both bigs to the opposite wing and the point guard essentially throws it to the spot he beleives the 2 man should get to and be open.


Here is some film on BYU’s “Double Series:”

Dave Rose BYU Cougars Set Plays: “Punch – Dive”

One of the things I love when teams do is to utilize scoring with action off post ups, not only does it allow for quick hitting opportunities but it also allows for easier post ups with no double teams. In this set BYU enters the ball into the post simply with the point guard passing to the wing and cutting through and the wing passing the ball into the post. After the post entry the big at the top of the key dives to the elbow and straight to the rim, at the same time the opposite wing 3 cuts straight across and comes off a screen from 2 for a shot. Timing on this set is key, if performed correctly it resulted in an open shot for BYU every time.


Dave Rose BYU Cougars Set Plays: “Punch – Flare”

A counter to their normal chin look with the big at the 4 setting a pindown screen for 2 and then clearing, the point guard passes to 2 on the wing. The 2 man then passes to the other big 4 who enters the ball into the post. 2 man then fakes a cut inside the paint and comes off a flare screen from the 4 for a shot.


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Dave Rose BYU Cougars Set Plays