Elevator Plays from NCAA & NBA

Elevator Plays

Written by Wes Kosel

Wes Kosel will enter his first season as an Assistant Coach at Augustana University under Tom Billeter in 2016-2017. Kosel came to Sioux Falls after two season at Colorado College as the lead assistant. Kosel, a native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, served as an assistant coach at Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Texas Lutheran University from 2012-2014. Kosel graduated from the University of Kansas in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He also has a master’s degree in physical education from the University of Houston. While attending Kansas, Kosel served as an assistant coach at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. A life-long student of the game, Kosel honed his coaching skills by working summer camps for various programs in Texas, Colorado, Missouri, and New Mexico. Kosel also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Personal Trainer, both of which are certifications earned through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Kosel and his wife, Molly, live in Colorado Springs.

August 13, 2016

Elevator Plays from NCAA & NBA by Wes Kosel

Using elevator screens in your offense can be a great way to open up shots for your shooters. Elevator screens, sometimes called “gator”, “gate”, or “fence” screens, are executed by a cutter running between two screeners who “close up” the screen as the cutter runs through. These actions can be a nice counter to typical plays where the cutter is running around the two screeners (like in a staggered screen). A counter to an elevator action is to look for the screeners slipping to the rim if the defenders have to step out and help defend the shot.

This playbook features two NCAA and two NBA elevator actions. The video shows the Northern Iowa play from Coach Ben Jacobson.

NCAA & NBA Elevator Set Plays

Northern Iowa Panthers – Horns Pop Elevator

1 gives 2 the ball with a dribble handoff as 4 screens for 5 cutting out to the perimeter. 2 passes to 1 then moves down to the right corner. 1 cuts across the floor off of a screen from 3. 3 then uses an elevator screen from 5 and 4 for a shot at the top of the key.


Washington Wizards – SLOB Thru Elevator

The Wizards use this SLOB with a zipper / elevator combination action for a shot at the top of the key.

Elevator Plays

Golden State Warriors – Horns Flex Elevator

1 passes to 4 then cuts into the lane to screen for 2. 2 cuts into the lane then turns to cut through the elevator screen from 5 and 4. The Warriors can counter it with 3 coming off the screen as well.

Elevator Plays

Lincoln Memorial – Cross Elevator

1 passes to 3 on the left wing then cuts away to the right corner. 3 dribbles towards the top of the key as 2 cuts across the floor through an elevator screen from 5 and 4.

Elevator Plays

Click on the pdf link below to download the Elevator Plays Playbook:

NCAA & NBA Elevator Set Plays


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