Inbounds underneath the basket From Greg Grantham, executive director, NC Basketball Coaches Association

DIAGRAM 1: This is the initial set up on the inbounds play. Put the tallest player (5) just in front of the rim facing the ball. 4, who is your best low-post finisher, and 3, your wing, are at the top of the key even with the sides of the lane. 2 should be a good wing shooter, but also needs to be a good passer and decision maker.


DIAGRAM 2: 1 cuts to the ball-side corner clearing out the block. At the same time, 5 slowly walks backward toward the free-throw line with their hands raised as if looking for a lob. 3 and 4 make an X-cut off 5 to the basket. 3 should try to cut first.

5, in effect, is setting a moving screen, but it never gets called because it appears they’re backing up for a pass. The options for the pass are to first look for 3 on the backside. Then look to 4 coming open on the ball-side for a layup. The third option is 5 for the lob, and 3 and 4 both duck in and pin down for a dump down pass. The final option is throwing the ball to 1.

DIAGRAM 3: If the inbound pass goes to 1, then 2 steps in near the ball-side block. As 1 reverses the ball to 5, 2 cuts off a staggered double screen from 3 and 4 for a wing jumper.



DIAGRAM 4: Once 2 receives the ball on the wing, 3 screens across for 4, who flashes to the ball-side block. Or, after 5 passes to 2, 5 can screen down for 4 on the backside (4 flashes to the ball side) and 3 screens across for 5 (screen the screener action).