Jim Boeheim Syracuse 23 Orange Offense by Wes Kosel
Here is an offense that Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim used last season. The Orange made an improbable run to the Final Four making it Boeheim’s fifth (1987, 1996, 2003, 2013, and 2016). Syracuse was tied for 9th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and was almost left out of the tournament. Boeheim has been a member of the Syracuse program since 1963. He first was a player from 1963-1966, worked as an assistant from 1969-1976, and took over as head coach in 1976. His career record in 40 years as a head coach at Syracuse is 884-342, good for over 70% of his games. He has won NCAA Division 1 Championship, which he won in 2003 when Carmelo Anthony was a freshman. He has won 8 Big East Regular Season Championships has been named Big East Coach of the Year four times (1984, 1991, 2000, and 2010). Boeheim has also spent time with the United States Men’s National Team. He has gold medals from the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Games as well as gold medals from the FIBA World Championships in 2010 and 2014.
Jim Boeheim Syracuse Orange
23 Orange Offense
In this offense, 4 and 5 start on the blocks with 3 in the corner. The other two players out out on the perimeter forming the “23” set. As a post flashes high, 1 passes and moves to the wing. 5 can pass to 2 and follow for a ball screen. If 2 passes out, 5 flashes high and looks to make the high low pass to 4. If it’s not there, 5 dives low as 1 brings the ball up, forming the “23 again”. From this point, 3 can cut off of 4 and/or 5 at the blocks for a shot. If 3 doesn’t get anything, the bigs can step out to ball screen OR 2 can become the low guard and use the screens from the posts.
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