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.

Ball Screen Secondary Attacks

When I started writing on ball screens in my last post, I made mention of that it is an under-utilized tactics by motion coaches. The “read and react” nature of motion does not allow players to coordinate their spacing and timing of the ball screen.  In the last article I outlined some set plays that could be used to add to a team’s motion offense but they are structured and don’t encourage “flow”.  This is why I like using a ball screen oriented secondary break.


By using a ball screen in the secondary I can not only align my chess pieces in their most advantageous positions but also take advantage of a defense that is still recovering in its defensive conversion. In transition help defense is often is not established correctly and we may even see some mismatch matchups.  By using that ball screen early in a possession we can create penetration, confusion, and potentially defensive rotations that if they don’t directly lead to an easy basket they nonetheless stress the defense that can be further attacked later in the shot clock.


Ball Screen Secondary I


This is a common action I have seen in transition. Here we have our lead guard passing the ball ahead to 2 on the right side of the court. He cuts to the weak side slot as 4 cuts to the rim and 3 buries himself into the corner.

Trans Ball 1

This leads our team into a classic ball set up. We have 2 and 5 working the ball screen and on the opposite side we have a weakside triangle between 1,3, and 4.


We can have 5 roll to the basket or as we diagrammed below we can have him fade to the corner. This puts a tremendous strain on an opponents help defense as we are stretching them the entire width of the court with 3 and 5 in opposite corners.

Ball screen action1C

Also note that we have a great option with 4 posting his defender with a duck in.


Ball Screen Secondary II

Below I have a more non-traditional setup that I really like. We once again kick the ball ahead to 2 on the wing. 1 now executes an inside cut to the strong side corner, 5 cuts to the weak side wing (we are assuming that 5 can shoot) and we now screen the ball the ball with the trailing big man.

Trans Ball 1

As we have 2 coming off the ball screen, we have 4 rolling to the rim. If 2 can clean beat his man to the rim, he has a lot of space to attack the rim.

Ball screen action2B

The big reason I like this set though are the other passing options for 2. He has the potential to hit the roll man himself or he can throw back to 1 to the wing. We now have a misdirection action and a great opportunity to feed the post as his defender has really been put through the ringer.


Ball screen action2C

As you may have noticed, I made some major changes to this website. In this new format, I find that it works much easier with diagram postings. So look for more “Chalk Talk” articles in the coming weeks.

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