What has been going on with Fundamentals First Basketball?

It has been close to a year since I have posted in this blog and I actually feel guilty. I hope everyone can be understanding, life has been very busy but particularly with a new business I am starting. In the last two years I discovered Crossfit and it has become enough of a passion of mine that I have decided to leave my job and own my own Crossfit gym(we call them boxes because crossfitters have special names for everything). The gym will be in Columbia, MD and our plan is to open in early January. Come check me out and like the Columbia Crossfit Cove Facebook Page.

Thanks everyone for your support and I hope to have an article our soon.


Kansas vs Iowa State: Corner post double team

Just a quick post, I feel guilty it has been so long since I have written. Life has been busy and will continue to be busy. At some point I hope to get another newsletter out.

I was watching the beginning of the Kansas vs. Iowa state game and saw an interesting situation. As you see below, we have Iowa State making a post pass from above with a strong side corner filled.

Double from corner1

Kansas had the passer make a fake double team at 5, but X2 made a strong attack on the ball.  X2 was easily able to steal the ball from 5, as that because 5 was above X2 his back was to the defender. I personally have been a big fan of using the corner as a key spot on the floor to stretch the floor horizontally, this situation offers a problem.


To me the  solution would be to back cut 2 as soon as the pass is made and fill that open space with player 4. I think most teams would look to dive 4 to the rim, but I actually like the back cut angle from the corner better.

Double from corner2

One last thing about Kansas I heard a podcast recently and heard a great comment about Bill Self. The commentator said that Bill teaches his players to be efficient by taking their shots. I love this thought and I feel like it is something I have not been clear enough with my players. From the little bit I caught of this game, it looks like Andrew Wiggins has work to do this area.

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Utilizing the ball screen: Ball Reversal Sprint Pick and Roll

It has been close to a month since my last blog entry and I am afraid this might be the norm for awhile. Life, basketball, and career have put a tremendous amount of demands on my time and writing has had to take a back seat. I will try my best to write articles and maybe even a new newsletter. I might even try to do another video blog.

In my last two blog entries I have outlined some ways to utilize the ball screen as part of your motion offense. I wanted to add one more concept on how to utilize the ball screen. I held off on this because it does not play will to the free nature of motion offense but I still think it has value to any coach.

Below we have a very standard setup. We have a four out formation with a post player on the weak side block. The key player I want to point out in this diagram is “X5”. With his offensive player setup in the weak side block, he needs to be in a help position prepared if “X3” is beaten off of the dribble.

Ball screen duck split1

The real action now occurs as the ball is rotated from the wing to the slot. This is where timing is key. We want 5 to be anticipating the pass to “2” and sprinting up the moment the ball leaves “3”’s hands. This puts X5 in a real difficult position to be able get into position to hedge on that ball screen.

Ball screen duck split2

To complete this “play”, we have 1 and 4 space out for the penetrating guard. 5 has a lot of room to roll to the rim and even has “3” opposite him if we want to work some misdirection action.

Ball screen duck split3

I really like this surprise sprint screen, especially when you have that lumbering big guy that wants to be camped 3 feet from the rim. I also like to use this as an “audible” for teams that like to post on duck ins. After a while “x5” is anticipating the duck in and his first step is lateral to jam the ducking post man. Here is another article I did on the “duck in”. This offer’s a great counter.