Tom Izzo Michigan State Spartans 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.

December 1, 2015

Tom Izzo Michigan State Spartans Set Plays by Wes Kosel

Here are  two set plays. These plays were used in Michigan State’s win over Kansas earlier this season. Izzo is in his 21st season as the head coach of the Spartans.  They started the season with six straight wins and looking to make it seven straight with a win over Providence (typing on Sunday night). The six wins gives Izzo 501 in his career. That’s compared to only 199 losses (good for winning 71% of games coached). Izzo got his coaching start at the high school level in the 1970’s before becoming an assistant at Northern Michigan in 1979. From Northern Michigan, Izzo joined the Michigan State program as an assistant in 1983. He would coach under Jud Heathcote until Heathcote’s retirement in 1995. In Izzo’s 20 seasons as head coach, he has made the NCAA Tournament 18 times, 13 Sweet Sixteens, 9 Elite Eights, and 7 Final Fours. He has also been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three different times (1998, 2009, 2012), and was also named the NABC Coach of the Year in 2012.

Tom Izzo Michigan State Spartans Set Plays – Spartan Single Double

1 passes to 3 then cuts to the right block. Once 3 has the ball, 4 sets up to set a single screen as 2 and 5 set up to set the staggered screen. 1 then chooses which screen to cut off of for a shot.

Tom Izzo Michigan State Spartans Set Plays – 1-4 High Rub

4 screens out for 2 who curls into the lane. If he doesn’t get the ball, 2 moves to the right corner. 1 passes to 4 stepping out to the wing. Once 4 has the ball, 5 screens for 3 on the opposite wing. 3 cuts into the lane and posts up on the right block. 4 looks to pass inside to 3. If 3 isn’t open, 5 sets a flare-screen for 1 who flares to the left wing for a shot.

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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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