Category Archives: Basketball Set Plays

Rick Pitino Louisville Quick Hitters

Rick Pitino Louisville Quick Hitters

Rick Pitino Louisville Quick Hitters by Wes Kosel

Here are two set plays from Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino. Pitino, a two-time NCAA Champion and seven-time NCAA Region Champion (Final Four’s), has been the head coach of Louisville since 2001. He has a 745-262 record and in fifteen years at Louisville he has a 391-134 record. In all, he has been a head coach for 31 years and has made stops at Hawaii, Boston, Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville. Pitino has also been a head coach in the NBA, where he was the head coach for the New York Knicks from 1987-1989 and the Boston Celtics from 1997-2001. He has won several awards including NABC Coach of the Year (1987), John Wooden National Coach of the Year (1987), SEC Coach of the Year (1990, 1991, 1996), and Conference USA Coach of the Year (2005). He was also inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Rick Pitino Louisville Cardinals Quick Hitters

DHO Wheel

This play starts with a dribble handoff on the left wing between 1 and 2. Once 2 gets the ball, 1 cuts off of a screen from 4 to the right corner and 5 sets a flare screen for 3 running from right to left. 2 looks to pass to 1 or 3 for a shot off of the wheel action screens from 5 and 4.

Rick Pitino

Stagger Option

1 dribbles off of a staggered ball screen from 4 and 5 at the free throw line. 4 rolls to the basket for a quick layup. In the second option, 5 steps out to get the ball and quickly passes to 4 rolling to the rim. These two options work great if x4 tries to jump out and hard hedge or switch the screen. A baseline pass can be made if x4 tries to hard hedge to early as well.

Rick Pitino

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Tad Boyle Colorado Dribble Handoff Actions

Tad Boyle Colorado Dribble Handoff Actions

Tad Boyle Colorado Dribble Handoff Actions by Wes Kosel

Below are three set plays from Colorado Buffaloes Head Coach Tad Boyle. Boyle, who just finished his sixth season at Colorado in 2016, has a 186-146 record overall as a head coach. In six seasons at Colorado, he has won 20+ games in five years and has made four NCAA Tournament appearances. Boyle’s first year at Colorado was in the Big 12 Conference, and in 2011 the Buffaloes moved to the Pac-12. Boyle and his team won the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Tournament after finishing only 5th in regular season play. Before taking over in Boulder, Boyle was the head coach at Northern Colorado. He took the Bears from a four win season in 2007 to a twenty-five win season in 2010. That year, Northern Colorado made it to the CIT Second Round.

Tad Boyle Colorado Buffaloes Dribble Handoff Actions

High DHO Pitch

The guards start in a stack underneath the post players. 2 gets the ball on the wing and 4 flashes to the high post. 4 gets the ball and dribbles at 3 to give him the ball with a dribble handoff. 3 drives in the lane looking to score or kick out.

Tad Boyle

Horns DHO Duck In

1 dribbles off of the horns ball screen from 4. 4 rolls and 5 steps out to the top of the key. If 5 gets the ball, he turns to dribble at 3 on the left wing to give 3 the ball with a dribble handoff.

Tad Boyle

Weave to High Roll Replace

The handoff actions are used in a weave between the guards on the perimeter. Once 3 gets the ball, 5 sets a high ball screen as 3 comes off of the handoff from 2. The weave action can lull the defense to sleep, and the ball screen can be set at any time in the play.

Tad Boyle

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John Beilein Michigan 2 Guard Sets by Wes Kosel

John Beilein Michigan 2 Guard Sets by Wes Kosel

John Beilein Michigan 2 Guard Sets by Wes Kosel

This article features five set plays from Coach Beilein’s Michigan 2 Guard Offense. Beilein has been with Michigan for nine seasons, where he was won almost 200 games as a Wolverine. Before that, Beilein was a head coach for West Virginia, Richmond, Canisius, Le Moyne, and Nazareth. In all, he has won 665 games in the NCAA and won 75 more as a Junior College Head Coach. He led Michigan to the Final Four in 2013, to a Big Ten Regular Season Championship in 2012 and 2014, and was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2014. He has also been named Conference Coach of the Year in two other conferences, the CAA in 1998 and the MAAC in 1994. Beilein played at Wheeling College from 1971-1975, and began coaching at the high school level once he graduated.

John Beilein Michigan 2 Guard Sets

Michigan Reverse

The Wolverines overload the floor in this play and then run into a shuffle / back screen combo to get the ball to 5 inside.

John Beilein Michigan Two Guard

Misdirection Flare

1 passes to the wing and 2 then drives towards the baseline. 1 cuts to the right as if he is clearing away, but instead cuts off of a high flare screen from 5 for a shot.

John Beilein Michigan Two Guard

Post Down DHO Stagger

1 sets a down screen for 5 at the high post and 5 pops out to get the ball. 5 gives 3 a dribble handoff as 1 and 2 set a staggered screen for 4 in the corner.

John Beilein Michigan Two Guard

Top Back-Screen PNR

The first cuts are made and once 2 has the ball on the wing he drives middle and passes to 3. 2 cuts off of a back screen from 5 and 5 then turns to set a ball screen on the wing.

John Beilein Michigan Two Guard

Top Re-Screen

1 dribbles off of a ball screen from 5 and pitches it to 3. 3 then dribbles hard off of another ball screen from 5.

John Beilein Michigan Two Guard

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Doc Rivers LA Clippers Stagger Options

Doc Rivers LA Clippers Stagger Options

Doc Rivers LA Clippers Stagger Options by Wes Kosel

Doc Rivers has been the head coach for the Los Angeles Clippers since the 2013-2014 season. In that time, he has finished 1st or 2nd in the Pacific Division every season, won 50+ games+, and made the playoffs. Before coming to California, Rivers led the Boston Celtics to the 2008 NBA Championship. River was in Boston from 2004-20013, and had two seasons with over 60 wins and four seasons with over 50 wins. Rivers got his head coaching start in 1999 with the Orlando Magic. He had several seasons around .500 but was fired in 2003 after starting 1-10. Rivers played college basketball at Marquette from 1980-1983 and was the 31st pick in the 1983 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He played for 13 years in the NBA with the Hawks, Clippers, Knicks, and Spurs.

Doc Rivers LA Clippers Stagger Options

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Option 1

1 passes to the wing and cuts into the lane. 2 passes to 5, and then 4 and 2 set a staggered screen for 1. 5 dribbles to the wing to give 1 then ball, and then 5 screens down for 2 after handing the ball off. 1 dribbles middle and looks to score or pass out to 2.

Option 2

In this option, 1 gets into the middle of the lane and can use the staggered screen from 3 and 2 or a single screen from 4. If 1 uses the staggered screen, 3 cuts off of the single screen on the right side of the floor.

Option 3

In option 3, 5 dribbles tighter to give 1 the handoff around the elbow. 1 then looks to pass out to 3 on the perimeter. 3 looks for a shot or to pass to 4 posting up. 4 posts up after setting the staggered screen for 1. If 4’s defender helps, then 4 can hold his position on the block for the post entry.

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Chris Mack 2016 Xavier Musketeers Set Plays

Chris Mack 2016 Xavier Musketeers Set Plays

Chris Mack 2016 Xavier Musketeers Set Plays

Chris Mack is one of the best coaches when it comes to counters and having multiple looks into great actions and keeping the defense guessing. Below are my favorite sets from him this past NCAA season. You will love these Chris Mack 2016 Xavier Musketeers Set Plays.

Chris Mack 2016 Xavier Musketeers Set Plays

Chris Mack 2016 Xavier Musketeers Set Plays: “Rip”

One of the most common actions in the NBA & NCAA is the Rip or back-screen set for a quick layup for a big. Starting out of floppy, one guard cuts to the corner and receives the pass from the point guard and the big lifts to ballside elbow. As the guard on the wing receives the pass the other guard sets a quick back-screen for the five man for a layup.

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Chris Mack 2016 Xavier Musketeers Set Plays: “Rip – Motion Weak Entry”

One of the best ways that Chris Mack disguises the rip set or action is to run the San Antonio Spurs motion weak entry before it to throw the defense off. The point guard passes to the wing and cuts through to the opposite side, and the ball gets reversed to the opposite side as he cuts through. As the guard cuts through the opposite wing dives in and sets a cross screen then receives a down screen from the big at the top of the key. After this action the guard passes back to the point guard and they run into the floppy rip action the same as the first set.

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Chris Mack 2016 Xavier Musketeers Set Plays: “Empty Strong”

Another action out of the base set using floppy is emptying the post with both guards cutting to the same wing and corner ballside, with the point guard receiving a flare screen from the big looking for the backscreen option. The ball gets reversed back to the point guard and the opposite two screeners set a stagger screen for the guard in the corner.

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Chris Mack 2016 Xavier Musketeers Set Plays: “Empty Stagger Thunder”

The same action as before out of floppy with both guards cutting out to the same side. After the point guard receives a flare screen this time he cuts to the basket followed by 5 to set a stagger screen for the stretch 4 in the post for a shot.

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Chris Mack 2016 Xavier Musketeers Set Plays: “Floppy Slice Exit”

Using floppy again, the 3 man cuts to the wing and receives the pass from 1 who then clears to the corner. 2 man cuts to the top of the key and receives the pass from 3. After he passes he cuts off a slice or shuffle screen from 4 and then continues to the opposite side for a curl shot.

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Chris Mack 2016 Xavier Musketeers Set Plays: “Floppy Slice Chicago Elevator”

This is probably my favorite set that Xavier ran all year and maybe in the 2015-16 NCAA season. Utilizing the same exact floppy action with the 2 guard screening down for the opposite big to the top of the key. 3 passes to the top of the key and cuts off the slice or shuffle screen, as decoy action with the 4 screening down for the point guard in the corner after. The five man dribble hands off to the point guard who dribbles to the top of the key and the 4 and 5 man set an elevator screen for the 3 man for a shot.

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Gregg Popovich 3 Guard Loop Series

Gregg Popovich 3 Guard Loop Series

Gregg Popovich 3 Guard Loop Series by Wes Kosel

Here are four plays from San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. The four plays all start with three players on the perimeter and two players in the post. The first action of each play is a loop, “zipper” action from a guard on the wing. Popovich is one of the best coaches of all time and runs great offense with the Spurs. His teams are known for sharing the ball, making the extra pass, spacing, and offensive awareness. Popovich is 1,089-485 in his career as an NBA Head Coach. The Spurs have won 50 or more games every year since 1999-2000. Coach Popovich also coached in college at Pomona-Pitzer and took a team from 2 wins in his first season to 16 wins in his last. He is a five-time NBA Champion and three-time NBA Coach of the Year.

San Antonio Spurs 3 Guard Loop Series

3 Guard Loop Down

2 loops around 5 as 1 dribbles to the right wing. Once 2 has the ball, 5 and 4 set down screen for 1 and 3, respectively.

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3 Guard Loop PNR

3 loops around 4 to the top of the key. 1 passes to 3, and 5 moves out to set a ball screen for 3. 3 drives right as 5 rolls and 4 replaces 5. 2 slides to the corner.

Popovich 3 Guard

3 Guard Loop Post Entry

3 loops around 5 to the top of the key and gets the ball from 1. 1 then clears to the right corner and 3 dribbles left looking to pass directly into 5 in the post. On the post pass, 3 cuts into the lane as 2 and 1 fill on the perimeter.

Popovich 3 Guard

3 Guard Loop X

3 loops around 5 as 1 dribbles over and passes to 3 at the top of the key. Once 3 has the ball, 2 and 1 exchange wings cutting off of screens from 4 and 5 at the blocks.

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Justin Barkley Rogers State Set Plays

Justin Barkley Rogers State Set Plays

Justin Barkley Rogers State Set Plays by Wes Kosel

Here are three set plays from Rogers State University Head Coach Justin Barkley. 2015-2016 was his sixth season as head coach of the Hillcats. Rogers State, an NCAA Division II university located in Claremore, Oklahoma, went 23-5 this past season. The team won the Heartland Conference season title, but could not participate in post-season play being a Division II provisional member. The Hillcats will be eligible for post season play in 2016-2017. In 6 years, Barkley has compiled a 126-55 record including a 43-13 record in the past two seasons. Barkley was named Heartland Conference Coach of the Year in 2016 and has compiled a 74-13 home record while in Claremore.

Barkley got his coaching start as a graduate assistant under Larry Gipson at Northeastern State. He then spent time as an assistant at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and at Rogers State (2008-2010).

Rogers State Hillcats Set Plays

Double Rip Post Up

2 and 3 set a double rip screen for 4. The point guard looks to pass to 4 directly in the post but if he isn’t open 5 sets a down screen for 2. 1 can pass to 2 for a shot at the top of the key.

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Ram Stagger Shot

3 moves into the lane to set a screen for 4. 4 sprints out to set a ball screen for 1. 4 then roll into a staggered screen with 5 to screen for 3 cutting out to the perimeter for a shot.

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Quick Flare

The point guard passes to 2 on the wing then cuts away to the opposite corner. 5 steps out to set a ball screen for 2. 2 drives middle, but quickly passes to 4 stepping out from the high post. 5 turns to set a flare screen for 2 after he passes. 2 can catch for a shot or rip and drive to the rim.

Justin Barkley

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Justin Barkley Rogers State Set Plays

Post Rip Quick Hitters by Wes Kosel

Post Rip Quick Hitters by Wes Kosel

Post Rip Quick Hitters by Wes Kosel

Coaches are always looking for new ways to get the ball inside, whether it is to a traditional big man or a big guard. There are many ways to get the ball inside, but this “rip quick hitters” series goes through a few ways to set a screen in transition for your trailing big man. Included is a fourth play showing a ball screen – roll/short roll option. If you have a wing or guard who likes to post up you can run them off of the rip screen as well.

Post Rip Quick Hitters

Post Rip #1

1 dribbles to the right wing pushing 2 in towards the lane line to set a back screen for 4 at the right elbow. 5 moves away from the action and 4 posts up on the right block. 1 looks to pass directly in to 4. If he isn’t open, 1 can pass to 2. This works great if the defense switches putting x2 on 4 in the post.

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Post Rip #2

2 sets the back screen for 4, but this time x4 tries to go underneath the screen. When 4 sees this happen, he sprints right into a ball screen for 1 on the right wing. x4 will be playing catch-up from here to try to defend the wing ball screen.

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Post Rip #3

1 dribbles to the right wing as 2 sets the back screen for 4. The ball is reversed through 2 and 3 looks to pass to 5 posting up on the opposite block. This option can work well if x5 is trying to sniff out the 2/4 action. This play can also lead to some high low options with 5 or 4 flashing high to the elbow.

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Post Rip #4

This play doesn’t have a rip screen, but 5 sets a high ball screen for 2 and 2 dribbles right to left. 5 rolls and 4 makes a circle cut under the basket.

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Post Rip Quick Hitters by Wes Kosel