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Princeton Offense Philosophy: 11 Rules

Princeton Offense Philosophy: 11 Basic Rules

Basic Philosophy of Play

  1. If you can pass, dribble, and shoot well, you will always dictate to the defense what they do. If you can’t and are not fundamentally sound, they will dictate what you do.

  2. You must be able to dribble, pass and shoot, screen and cut – ON THE MOVE UNDER PRESSURE. The quality of your passing determines the quality of your shots! You must dribble with a purpose and the other four players must read the dribbler.

  3. Think change of direction–think five players high. Five players must work together.

  4. There is a counter for everything the defense does. Do the opposite of what the defense is doing. Must read the defense–are they playing hard or soft–any denial cut backdoor.

  5. Think layups and three point shots in that order.

  6. Don’t run to the ball!

  7. Hit the cutter with a bounce pass (it is OK to use one hand passes). The offense is about hypnotic cuts, passes and handoffs. Timing and cutting are essential to establishing flow and success for the offense.

  8. The Princeton Offense is more about cutting than screening. Move to open spaces. When you screen don’t just screen-screen- and read each situation.

  9. CUT CREDIBLY -look for the ball where you are coming open–then get back outside to perimeter as quickly as possible.

  10. STAND JUDICIOUSLY – Float to open spot and occupy your man. Have fingers up and butt down, think ball in air feet in air .

  11. Five players must work together. UNSELFISHNESS is more important than brains–must couple this with discipline.

One example of the Princeton Offense is the Chin Set. The set starts out in a 2 guard set and there are options for easy scoring opportunities or 3 point shots.

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Chin Set Video Breakdown

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3 Out High/Low Motion Offense Playbook

3 Out Motion – “Marquette Motion Offense”

Coach Lois Heeren, U of Wisconsin-La Crosse Women

Version of Bill Self’s Kansas 3 Out 2 In Motion Offense

What is a 3 out motion offense? Coach Erick Blasing breaks down a popular version of this offense made popular by Bill Self at Kansas. Coach Louis Heeren of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Women’s team has designed her own version of the offense. Included below are the diagrams for this 3 Out Offense if you want to download them.

Every coach will put their own twist and ownership on motion offense. Coach Lois Heeren of University of Wisconsin- La Crosse Women’s Basketball has titled her motion offense, Marquette. However, the offense is derived from the 3 out motion offense that Bill Self runs at Kansas.

Kansas was again back at the top of the Big XII this season and made another deep NCAA run. While the faces have changed and Coach Self has gained more recognition with the Jayhawks, one thing has not changed; the success of the Jayhawk 3 Out motion offense.  The ability to space the floor with a constant ball side triangle, good offensive rebounding positions, and great pin and skip opportunities continually makes Kansas the team to beat in the Big XII.

Coach Lois Heeren utilized this offense several seasons at UW-La Crosse and saw great team success. The 2015-16 campaign marked the 17th season and final season at the helm for Coach Heeren. In 2011, Coach Heeren led the Eagles to a 20-8 record and an at-large bid in the NCAA DIII tournament, the first appearance for the Eagles since the 1987-88 season. In 2011, Coach Heeren picked up her 200th career coaching victory and in 2015 she earned her 200th victory as coach of the Eagles. Heeren, who stepped down from her coaching duties following the 2015-2016 season finished as the winningest of 14th Head Coaches in the program’s history with 209 victories. UW-La Crosse had posted winning seasons in 6 of the past 10 years. Coach Heeren also sits at 9th in career victories throughout the history of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

From Greene, Iowa, Coach Heeren graduated from Truman State University and received her masters from the University of Iowa. Coach Heeren’s stops as an assistant coach include stops at NCAA DI Southwest Texas State, the United States Air Force Academy, and DIII UW-River Falls. Her Head Coaching resume includes NCAA DII Truman State University and DIII St. Mary’s University (Winona, MN).

The 3 Out Motion that Coach Heeren runs has been a staple for Coach Self and the Kansas Jayhawks. The Jayhawks reached the #1 ranking during the 2015-2016 season and earned a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament before falling to eventual National Champion Villanova in the Elite Eight.  Kansas is currently riding an 12 year regular season conference championship streak. The Jayhawks finished their season at 33-5 overall and 15-3 in conference. Coach Self following the 15-16 season holds a career record of 385-83 with the Jayhawks.

Hopefully this 3 out Motion offense will allow you to get some solid hi/low opportunities as well as great ball reversals. Good luck the rest of the way!

Download Below:

UW-L/Bill Self Kansas 3 Out Motion

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Final Four Playbook by Wes Kosel

Final Four Playbook by Wes Kosel

Each of the teams stayed pretty consistent during the season with what they ran, as we saw a lot of Horns and 4-out motion from Villanova, secondary and box sets from North Carolina, 3 out ball screen and down screen actions from Syracuse, and ball screen actions for Buddy Hield from Oklahoma.

Final Four: Villanova – Horns Rocket Weak Side Ball-Screen

Villanova ran a variety of horns set plays in the NCAA tournament and used this “rocket action” to get the ball moving side to side.

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Final Four: North Carolina Tarheels – Box Rip Stagger

North Carolina ran this play to get an open shot for Marcus Paige. The Tarheels do a good job going to box set plays after running their secondary options.

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Final Four: Syracuse Orange – 23 Offense

Jim Boeheim used this offense early in the NCAA Tournament and ended up using it less as the tournament went on. The 23 offense allows the guard to work off of the bigs down low running across the baseline and using ball screens.

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Final Four: Oklahoma Sooners – Buddy 

Oklahoma did a great job all year of getting Buddy Hield the ball in situations to score. In this play, Hield runs across the floor and catches with the ability to drive or go straight into a ball screen.

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Golden State Warriors Quick Hitters

Golden State Warriors Quick Hitters

The Golden State Warriors, according to Basketball Reference,  lead the NBA in 3 point field goals attempted and made. This should be of no surprise to any coach that follows the NBA because Steph Curry and Klay Thompson lead the NBA in 3 point field goals made this season at number 1 and 2 respectively. In addition, Curry has already broken his own NBA record for number of 3 point field goals made in a season as well as his record for consecutive number of games with at least one made 3 point field goal.

Ok. So what?

While the rest of the NBA is trying to play catch-up to the flow and style of the Golden State Warriors, Wes Kosel has put together five quick hitting actions from Steve Kerr. What makes these plays even more special is the fact that 3 out of the 5 plays feature players besides Curry and Thompson for isolations, post ups, and drives. The other two sets feature a popular action in all levels of the game, the elevator screen, and how the Warriors utilize this action to get their shooters open. Shooters that are accurate at a historical pace. These plays are for any level of coach, and, at a minimum, should be reviewed in case an opponent decides to use them against you.

Here are five quick hitters from the Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr. Kerr has led the Warriors (with the help of Luke Walton) to a 55-6 record this season. The Warriors are undefeated at home, 32-4 in conference play, and 13-1 in division play.  They lead the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (41.2%), assists (29.2/game), and points (115.1/game). Kerr has the Warriors moving the ball well and with so many offensive weapons on the floor they have proven themselves a hard team to beat.

5 Duck-In

Golden State Warriors: 5duckin

Horns Clear Post Cross

Golden State Warriors: horns2

Horns Post PNR

Golden State Warriors: postpnr

Pinch Post Hand-Off

Golden State Warriors: pinchpost

Warriors Elevator

Golden State Warriors: elevator

Click here to download the PDF! Steve Kerr Golden State Warriors Quick Hitters