Piston Action Set 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.

September 15, 2015

Piston Action Set Plays by Wes Kosel

Here are four piston action set plays from four different teams: LSU, Texas Southern, Kentucky, and Lafayette. In our offense, we call a cut across the free-throw line with the posts at the elbow a piston cut. You will often see it in a 1-4 high set with the wings exchanging spots (one player going under the posts at the free-throw line and the other player cutting above). In this pdf, the piston action is shown from a 1-4 high set and horns set. Of course, you can adjust almost any formation to create a similar action.

Piston Action Set Plays – 1-4 High Piston – LSU Tigers

In this 1-4 high set play, 1 passes to 4 then cuts through to the opposite corner. 2 moves down to the low post as 3 makes the piston cut from the wing around both posts at the elbows. On this cut, 3 is looking to get a hand-off or pass from 4. 2 sets a back-screen for 5 who looks to cut to the block for an open shot.

Piston Action Set Plays – 1-4 High Piston Repeat – Texas Southern Tigers

2 and 3 exchange wings with a piston cut. If neither is open, the action is repeated with 5 and 4 specifically screening 3’s defender on the cut. 1 passes to 3 then screen for 5 at the elbow. 5 sprints into a ball-screen for 3. 3 drives middle and looks to shoot or pass to 4 posting up on the right side.

Piston Action Set Plays – Piston Loop – Kentucky Wildcats

2 cuts to the corner and 3 makes a piston cut around 4 and 5. If 3 isn’t open, 1 passes in to 4 at the high post. 4 then looks to pass to 5 stepping out who looks for the hi/lo pass to 3 inside.

Piston Action Set Plays – Horns Piston – Lafayette Leopards

3 loops around 5 and 4 as 2 replaces 3 in the corner. If 3 isn’t open, 1 cuts around 5 looking for a hand-off. If he gets the ball, 1 dribbles off of a staggered ball-screen from 5 and 4.

Piston Action Set Plays

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Wes Kosel is an assistant coach for men’s basketball under Head Coach Andy Partee at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. Kosel joined the staff at Colorado College after serving two seasons as an assistant coach 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 a master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Houston. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), both certifications given through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He has coached summer AAU programs, volunteered with elementary and middle school basketball teams, and has worked basketball camps for various programs including the Houston Rockets, USA Basketball, University of Houston, Colorado, New Mexico, Air Force, Texas State, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Kosel is also a member of the NABC International Committee and serves as the committee’s social media manager.

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Piston Action Set Plays by Wes Kosel

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