John Groce Illinois Fighting Illini Box Set Plays by Wes Kosel

Here are 2 box set plays from Illinois Head Coach John Groce. Groce just completed his 2nd season as head coach for the Fighting Illini. He was the head coach at Ohio and served as an assistant for Ohio State, Xavier, Butler, and NC State before taking over for the Illini in 2012. In his last year at Ohio, the Bobcats finished 29-8 and made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Groce’s only losing season was his first season at Ohio. Since then, he has compiled a 113-67 winning over 60% of his games.

John Groce Illinois Fighting Illini Box Set Plays – Box 1

In Box 1, 5 screens down for 3 who pops out to the wing for a pass from 1. Once 3 has the ball, 2 cuts to the ball-side corner. 3 looks to pass inside to 5 posting up first, then looks for 1 cutting off of a back-cut from 4. If neither are open, 4 steps over to set a ball-screen for 3. If 3 doesn’t have a shot and 4 isn’t there on the roll, 3 kicks it out to 1 who then gets a ball-screen from 5. If neither have a shot, 1 looks to pass to 4 cutting to the high post. If 4 gets the ball he looks to shoot or pass hi/lo to 5.

John Groce Illinois Fighting Illini Box Set Plays – Box 2

In this play, 5 screens down for 3 who pops out to the wing while 2 cuts to the wing on the opposite side. 1 passes to 3 then cuts through to the corner. Once 3 has the ball, 5 screens across for 4. 4 looks for a shot but if he isn’t open he continues his cut to screen for 3 on the ball. 3 drives middle as 4 rolls. If 4 isn’t open, 3 passes to 5 stepping out. 5 dribbles toward 2 and gives the ball to him on a dribble hand-off. Once 2 has the ball, 4 cuts off of a staggered screen from 1 and 5. If the stagger cut isn’t open, 2 looks to pass to 1 in the corner off of a screen from 3.

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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John Groce Illinois Fighting Illini Box Set Plays by Wes Kosel

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