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Tom Crean Indiana Box Set Plays

Tom Crean Indiana Box Set Plays

Tom Crean Indiana Box Set Plays by Wes Kosel

Here are three box set plays from Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean. Crean has been the head coach for the Hoosiers since 2008, after being the Head Coach at Marquette from 1999-2008. Before that, Crean was an assistant at several programs including: Alma, Michigan State, Western Kentucky, Pittsburgh, and Michigan State a second time. He was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year twice (2002 and 2003), named the Clair Bee Coach of the Year in 2003, and Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016. This past season, Indiana was 27-8 (15-3 in conference play), and made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Tom Crean Indiana Hoosiers Box Set Plays

Box Weak Flare

This play is a quick hitter to get a three point shot on the right wing. The action on the left side of the floor takes the attention of the defenders, so as 1 brings in his defender towards the top of the key he can set him up to get caught in the flare screen by 4. 5 can also look to make a play to the rim as well and try to draw in the x2 defender.

Tom Crean

Box Reverse Shuffle Stagger

1 passes to 2 stepping out as 5 sets a back screen for 3. Once the ball is reversed, 4 sets a shuffle screen for 2 and 4 and 5 set a staggered screen for 3 in the corner.

Tom Crean

Box Flare Elevator

1 passes to 5 stepping out and 2 moves out to the corner. Once 5 has the ball, 4 sets a flare screen for 1. The ball can be directly thrown to 1 or reversed through 4. Once 1 has the ball, 3 cuts up the lane through and elevator screen from 5 and 4 at the top of the key.

Tom Crean

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Tom Crean Indiana Hoosiers Box Set Plays

Chapman Basketball – “Split” by Coach Krikorian

Chapman Basketball – “Split” by Coach Krikorian

Chapman Basketball – “Split” by Coach Krikorian

Here is another great play from Chapman University Assistant Coach Dan Krikorian. Krikorian has a great offensive mind and has had a lot of success at Chapman. Last season, the Panthers were very efficient on offense averaging 76.7 points per game and averaging 11.7 assists. They scored over 80 points in 11 different games, including a 102-66 win to start the season against La Sierra. Krikorian is an assistant for Mike Bokosky, who has been the head coach at Chapman since 1992. In that time, he has compiled a 430-185 record. In the past two seasons, Chapman has a combined 42-12 record.

Chapman Panthers – “Split” Offense

Split

This play starts in a horns set with 1 passing to 5 and then cutting around 4 into the lane. 2 lifts up as 1 is making the cut inside. 5 passes to 4 and 1 moves across the lane to set a flex screen for 3 in the corner. The Panthers go into a typical flex action here with a cross screen / down screen combination. 1 sets the flex screen then gets a down screen from 5. Once 1 has the ball, the first look is to shoot off of the down screen. The second look is to pass to 5 posting up inside. If x5 had to help on 1’s cut, then 5 can get position keeping x5 on the high side. If not, 4 and 3 move out towards the right corner to set a staggered down screen for 2. If 2 curls the screen into the lane, 3 cuts out to the perimeter using the down screen from 4. Once 3 gets the ball, 4 screens in for 2 who cuts out for a shot. If 1 keeps the ball, 2 can cut off of 5 at the left block. The play can also work if 2 cuts straight out on the staggered screen.

Chapman

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Chapman University Split Offense Set Play by Dan Krikorian

 

Billy Kennedy Texas A&M Horns Set Plays

Billy Kennedy Texas A&M Horns Set Plays

Billy Kennedy Texas A&M Horns Set Plays by Wes Kosel

This playbook has four horns set plays from Texas A&M Aggies Head Coach Billy Kennedy. Kennedy has been at Texas A&M for 5 seasons, and has coached 18 seasons as a Head Coach. His head coaching stops include: Centenary (Louisiana), Southeastern Louisiana, Murray State, and Texas A&M. He has had many assistant coaching jobs including: Southeastern Louisiana, New Orleans, Wyoming, Northwestern State, Tulane, Texas A&M, Creighton, California, and Miami. He was the 2016 SEC Coach of the Year, the OCV Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and Southland Coach of the Year in 2004.

Texas A&M Aggies Horns Set Plays

Horns Down

1 passes to 5 then cuts around him to set a down screen in the corner. If 1 gets the ball back, 5 sets a side ball screen and 3 cuts out to the perimeter.

Billy Kennedy

Horns Rub

1 passes to 4 at the high post and then cuts in front of 4 setting a rub screen as 4 drives right. 5 does the same creating a double rub action for 4 to drive to the rim.

Billy Kennedy

Horns Shuffle Stagger

1 passes to 5 stepping out and 2 moves into the lane. 5 passes to 4 who passes to 1 cutting to the wing. Once 1 has it, 2 sets a shuffle screen for 5 and then 2 and 4 set a staggered screen for 3 in the corner.

Billy Kennedy

Middle Pin Horns Twist

4 screens for 5 inside and then pops out to get the ball. 1 then cuts around 4 to screen for 2 in the corner. If 2 curls the screen, 1 pops out to get the ball. 4 can then set a ball screen for 1 as 5 set a down screen for 2 in the lane. If nothing is there when 2 gets the ball, 5 can set a flat ball screen in the slot for 2.

Billy Kennedy

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Texas A&M Horns Set Plays

Chapman Basketball – “Utah” by Coach Krikorian

Chapman Basketball – “Utah” by Coach Krikorian

Chapman Basketball – “Utah” by Coach Krikorian

Here is another play from Coach Dan Krikorian of Chapman University. Krikorian is the lead assistant for the Panthers and helped lead them to a 20-7 record this past season. They had a great season at home winning 11 of 12 on their home court. Chapma plays in the SCIAC, which features teams in Southern California including: Cal Lutheran, Cal Tech, Claremont Mudd Scripps, La Verne, Occidental, Pomona-Pitzer, Redlands, and Whitter. Krikorian came to Chapman after coaching at Costa Mesa High School and leading his team to two CIF Playoff berths.

Chapman Panthers – Utah Set Play

Utah

The Panthers set up in a diamond set with 3 at the rim, 2 at the top of the key, and 4 and 5 in the high post areas. The play starts with 1 passes to 3 cutting out to the left wing and then 1 making a UCLA cut off of 5 down to the left block. 2 moves out to the right wing as this action is happening. Once 3 has the ball on the left wing, 5 steps out to set a ball screen as 1 and 2 exchange spots. 3 takes one hard dribble off of the ball screen and looks to pass to 4 stepping out to the perimeter. On this pass, 4 reverses the ball to 1 as 2 screens for 5 in the lane. The back cut from 2 comes after 5 set the ball screen and has started to roll to the rim. 2 will have to locate where x5 is on the play, depending on the ball screen coverage by the defense. If 5 isn’t there, 4 sets a down screen for 2 creating a screen the screener action. After setting the down screen, 4 seals his man inside for a post up on the reversal to the left wing.

Utah

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Dan Krikorian Chapman Panthers Set Play

Greg McDermott Creighton Loop PNR

Greg McDermott Creighton Loop PNR

Greg McDermott Creighton Loop PNR by Wes Kosel

Here is a set play from Creighton Head Coach Greg McDermott. McDermott has been at Creighton since 2010, and has been a Head Coach since 1994. In 22 years, he has a 421-267 record and a 141-72 record at Creighton. McDermott played at Northern Iowa from 1983-1988 and started his coaching career as an assistant at North Dakota in 1989. He then was the Head Coach at Wayne State in Nebraska from 1994-2000 before taking over as Head Coach at North Dakota State for one season. He then coached at his alma mater, Northern Iowa, from 2001-2006 before taking over at Iowa State in 2006. This playbook features a loop pick and roll play by Coach McDermott.

Creighton Loop PNR

Loop PNR

This play starts with 4 and 5 on the blocks and 1 dribbling to the left wing. As the point guard is dribbling left, 3 moves down underneath 4 at the left block and 2 loops around 5 to cut to the top of the key. 1 passes to 2, and just as 2 catches the ball 5 moves out to set a ball screen. The ball screen is set for 2 to dribble to the open space in the corner and towards the rim. On the ball screen, 5 rolls and 4 replaces 5 from the opposite block. 3 moves out to the left corner to get out of the way for the roll/replace action. If nothing is there for 2 on the drive or roll, 2 should look to pass to 4 cutting high for the high low. If 5’s defender has to guard the post on the high side, 5 can seal for the high low pass from 4. If that’s not there, 4 can pass to either 2 or 1 and follow to set a second ball screen in the play. For variation, 4 can give the ball to either of those players with a dribble handoff as well.

Creighton

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Greg McDermott Creighton Loop PNR

4 Out Lob Set Play by Wes Kosel

4 Out Lob Set Play by Wes Kosel

4 Out Lob Set Play by Wes Kosel

Here is a 4 out lob set play, similar to something that we ran when I was at Colorado College as an assistant. This play starts with four players out on the perimeter (wing, wing, slot, slot) and the 5 man inside posting up on the strong side block. 1 passes to 3 on the right wing and screens down for 4 at the top of the key. We called this a “tops” action. 4 cuts in then back out using the screen to get the ball at the top of the key. 4 can shoot the ball here if he has a shot, but if not he passes back to 3 on the right wing and 1 flips the screen to set a back screen for 4. 5 stays on the right block in this play, but often in our offense we would have 5 move opposite leaving space for 4 to make a cut to the rim after passing to 3. With 5 staying on the strong side, 4 can cut off of the back screen to the rim looking for a lob. Once teams start scouting this play and sucking in to guard the lob, 3 should start looking at 2 on the opposite wing for a shot. 3 should read x2 and make the pass off of his movement. With x2 coming in, 2 can move middle just slightly to create some more space between him and his defender making it more difficult for x2 to recover and closeout. 3 should give the lob a good look every time forcing x2 to make a decision. 3 can then skip to 2 for a shot, or if nothing is there pass to 1 stepping out after the screen. The offense can then continue with 2 posts inside, or you can have 4 cut out to the corner to keep the 4-out offense going.

Lob Set Play

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4 Out Lob Set Play by Wes Kosel

Chapman Basketball – “Rub” by Coach Krikorian

Chapman Basketball – “Rub” by Coach Krikorian

Chapman Basketball – “Rub” by Coach Krikorian

Here is another great play from Chapman University Assistant Coach Dan Krikorian. Krikorian has been the assistant since the 2013-2014 season and played at Chapman where he graduated in 2007. This play is compact in the middle of the floor but has several scoring options. Put your best screener at the 4 position as he is going to be setting screen the entire set. 5 needs to be a good passer to make the back door pass to 1 or the flare pass to 2 cutting to the right wing. If you want to take a good defender out of the play, you can put that offensive player he is guarding in the 3 spot as he doesn’t do much in this set.

Chapman Panthers Rub Set Play

Rub

This play starts in a diamond set with 3 under the basket, 2 at the top of the key, and 4 and 5 at the high posts. The play starts with a high post entry to 5 and 3 cutting out to the wing. 1 then cuts off of a staggered back screen from 2 and 4. If 1 isn’t open, 5 looks to pass to 4 setting a back screen for 2 to flare to the right wing. If 2 gets the ball without a shot opportunity, he looks to pass to 5 cutting to the block after a back screen from 1. Lastly, 4 screens down for 1 in the lane for a shot at the top of the key.

A counter option for this play is to have 2 screen down for 4 after the staggered back screen (Figure 1) instead of 4 setting the flare screen. This option could continue the same way with 2 cutting out to the wing, but first open up a possible shot for 4 on the perimeter.

Chapman

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Chapman University Rub Set Play by Dan Krikorian

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