Horns Set Plays with Staggered Ball-Screen Options by Wes Kosel

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I have coached at the NCAA Division 2 (Southwestern Oklahoma State University), NAIA (USAO), and JUCO Levels (Blinn College and Carl Albert State College) as well as high school. I just felt that fellow coaches especially young coaches need to constantly work on their “game”. Just like the basketball players that we coach. We as coaches need to improve ourselves. That is my story and why I do this blog.

July 2, 2014

Horns Set Plays with Staggered Ball-Screen Options by Wes Kosel

The horns set plays are one of my favorite to use. If you have a point guard that can create shots for himself, the horns set allows him the space to do so. Bringing your post players high also puts the post defenders in an uncomfortable guarding position. With the post players above the elbows and the guards in the corners, it makes the defense feel like the lane and basket are unguarded. Each of these plays starts with a high staggered ball-screen from the post players. This initial look for each play is for the point guard to make a play. Your point guard should look to drive to the basket off of the staggered ball-screen or create space for a shot. If he doesn’t have a shot or drive, each option presents a different way to attack the defense.

Horns Set Plays with Staggered Ball-Screen Options – Screen the Screener

1 dribbles toward the left wing then dribbles back to the right off of a staggered ball-screen from 5 and 4. 2 moves in from the corner to the low post. If 1 doesn’t have a shot, 2 sets a back-screen for 5 who cuts to the basket. If 5 isn’t open, 4 screens down for 2 who pops up for a shot.

Horns Set Plays with Staggered Ball-Screen Options – Lob

After the staggered ball-screen at the top, 5 and 3 move in to set a screen for 4. 4 curls around the screen and looks for the lob pass from 1.

Horns Set Plays with Staggered Ball-Screen Options – Flare

After the staggered ball-screen at the top, 5 sets a flare screen for 4. 4 flares to the wing and 1 looks to make the skip pass to 4 for a shot.

Horns Set Plays with Staggered Ball-Screen Options – Corner Stagger

After 1 clears the staggered ball-screen at the top, 5 and 4 move down toward the corner and set a second staggered screen for 3. 3 cuts up for a shot.

Wes Kosel is an assistant coach for men’s basketball under Head Coach Doug Novak at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Kosel joined the staff at Bethel after serving two seasons at Texas Lutheran University and one season at Haskell Indian Nations University. 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 taught weight training and aerobic fitness courses while coaching 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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Horns Set Plays with Staggered Ball-Screen Options by Wes Kosel

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