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July 31, 2020

Integrating Stagger & Re-Stagger Screens Into Man Offenses

by John Kimble, contributing writer

The “stagger-screen” has been around for a few years now and the new modification of the “stagger-screen” could be called  the “stagger and re-stagger screen.” When two offensive players set a stagger-screen for a teammate, this action i...

July 16, 2020

Adding Multiple Phases/Waves in your Offensive Attack

by John Kimble, contributing writer

A successful offensive scheme is a plan of action that never relinquishes its aggressive attack on the opposition’s defense. There is never a lull in the action from one phase to the next phase of attack; giving the opposition’s defense absolutel...

October 10, 2018

‘Jam press’ puts sustained pressure on the ball

by Joseph Kubacki, contributing writer

The key to a successful press defense is sustained pressure on the ball — keeping the “point of the spear” against the jugular of your opponent. But that pressure typically is only applied after a made basket or turnover. The “jam press” is...

September 28, 2018

Position shooting drills for youngsters

by Nick Cammarano, Frank Antonides School, West Long Branch, New Jersey

Here are four drills for young basketball players that can help work players in your middle school or feeder programs. Two are designed for forwards, and two are for guards. Follow the Leader DIAGRAMS 1-3: This is an excellent shooting drill to get ...

September 24, 2018

‘Ram screens’ can confuse opposing defenses

by John Kimble, contributing writer

The evolution of man offenses has not only come with different types of ball screens, but it also modified the traditional locations that ball screens are set along with the action that follows. When some of these offenses combine pre- and post-scre...

August 6, 2018

Utilize outstanding guards with this play

by Don Kloth, Warren Township High School, Illinois

“Panther” is a great play when you have two outstanding guards. DIAGRAM 1: This shows the box alignment we use to initiate the play. As 1 dribbles across half-court, 5 downscreens for 4, who breaks out to the wing. After 5 screens for 4, 5 cuts t...

March 5, 2018

Defeating 1-3-1 and 1-2-2 zone defenses

by DuWayne Krause, contributing writer

If offenses are patient, no defenses are easier to attack than the 1-3-1 and 1-2-2 zones. The old rule for zone offenses is to put your players where there are no defenders, and that rule is as true today as it ever was. In this offense, the players ...

January 25, 2018

Defeating the four-corners delay offense

by John Kimble, contributing writer

Most high school and college coaches have observed, studied or used the four-corners delay offense. Therefore, it stands to good reason that a defensive coach likely would have to face this offense in late-period situations or during games when their...

January 19, 2018

Movements and strategies that expose defenses

by Joe May, contributing writer

Last year, a college basketball team on the cusp of making the NCAA Tournament faced what seemed to be a weaker opponent. Although it was at home in a critical game, the favored team struggled and was upset by more than 10 points. Throughout the gam...

October 5, 2017

How big-on-small screens give offenses a greater edge

by John Kimble, contributing writer

Ball screens and countless types of off-the-ball screens are difficult enough for the opposition to defend. When offensive packages use those screens with different players at different locations, it’s even harder. One method that defenses use agai...