Michigan Wolverines Plays to Get a 3-Point Shot


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.

July 23, 2016

Michigan Wolverines Plays to Get a 3-Point Shot by Wes Kosel

Below are three set plays used by Michigan Head Coach John Beilein to get his Wolverines a 3-point shot. Beilein just completed his 34th year as a head coach and has won 665 games at four-year universities and 732 games including junior college wins. He has been the head coach at Nazareth, Le Moyne, Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia, and Michigan. Most of these sets are out of his 2-3 high formation. His players are versatile with his bigs able to shoot the 3-point shot. Beilein has been named Coach of the Year in three different conferences (Big Ten, CAA, and MAAC).

The video below shows several plays that Michigan used to get open 3-point shots. The last play in the video is the same as the “X Cross Handoff” in the PDF.

John Beilein Michigan Wolverines Plays to Get a 3-Point Shot

Corner Pin

The Wolverines open up a 3-point shot on this play by getting the ball to the 4 man on the curl cut. As the defense collapses, 4 passes out for a 3-point shot. This inside-out approach helps Beilein’s teams get good 3-point shot opportunities.


X Cross Handoff

In this play, the top players cross in the lane forming an “X” as they cut out to opposite wings. 5 picks a side to dribble towards and gives the ball to the cutter with a dribble handoff.


Exchange Top Flare

This play is great if you want to take up a little time and make the defense work. Beilein makes the defense chase his cutters around the floor then uses a misdirection flare screen at the top of the key for a 3-point shot.

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Click on the pdf link below to download the Michigan Wolverines Plays to Get a 3-Point Shot Playbook:

Michigan Wolverines Plays to Get a 3-Point Shot

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