Early Offense Playbook by Wes Kosel
Attached in this playbook you will find 4 early offense plays. Early offense allows you to push the ball with on organized attack in transition. In addition, using early offense forces the defense to react instead of setting up comfortably in the half-court. I think that many coaches overlook having an effective early offensive attack. Some teams like to push the ball, but only with a numbers advantage. If the fast break is stopped, many teams slow down and set up in a half-court set. Instead, use an early offense attack to create scoring options in transition.
Early Offense Playbook: Early Loop
1 pushes the ball up the right side of the floor. 3 and 2 run up the left and right wings, respectively. 5 and 4 run into the lane and set up to set a staggered screen. 3 runs across the baseline and clears to the opposite corner. 2 loops around 5 and 4 for a shot.
Early Offense Playbook: Early Lob
This play is similar to “Early Loop”, but instead of 4 and 5 setting a staggered screen for 2 only 4 sets the screen. 5 stops at the free-throw line and cuts off of a back-screen from 2. 1 looks to pass to 5 for a lob or to 2 for a shot.
Early Offense Playbook: Early Drag
In this play, 4 steps over to set a ball-screen for 1. 5 and 3 set a staggered baseline screen for 2 who cuts to the opposite corner. After screening for 1, 4 then cuts off of a screen from 3. 1 looks to pass to 4 on the lob or to 2 in the corner for a shot.
Early Offense Playbook: Early Quick
In this play, 1 passes to 2 on the wing and then cuts toward the basket. If 1 isn’t open immediately for a lay-up, 1 loops back and sets a back-screen for 5. 5 cuts to the basket and 1 pops after setting the screen.
Wes Kosel is an assistant coach for men’s basketball under Head Coach Tommy Jones at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX. 2013-2014 marks the second year for Kosel at TLU. Prior to arriving at TLU, Kosel served as a student assistant coach under Head Coach Chad Killscrow at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS. Kosel has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Houston. The Bartlesville, OK native is also a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and teaches weight training and aerobic fitness courses at Texas Lutheran. He has coached AAU programs, volunteered with elementary and middle school basketball teams, and has worked basketball camps for various programs including the Houston Rockets, University of Houston, Texas State, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi
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