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


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.


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.


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.


Minnesota HS Man to Man Set Plays

Minnesota HS Man to Man Set Plays

Set Plays for High School Coaches

I have been coaching youth, high school, and AAU basketball in the state of Minnesota for 20 years now.  Every year the competition in this state gets tougher.  Our players here are getting better, and our coaches are also being pushed to become better.  We have some very creative coaches in Minnesota that run both simple but effective sets, to very complex sets that come from college and NBA basketball.  I am lucky enough to be charged with scouting many of our upcoming opponents on film and in person.  I thought I would share a few of my favorite man to man set plays from the 2015-2016 season.

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Double Backscreen:

Simple but effective play starting in a 3 out 2 in set.  4 flashes and catches at elbow while 5 sets back screen for 2.  This is effective false action as 5’s man usually sinks to help on 2.  1 cuts to opposite corner, and 5 comes to elbow to get pass from 4.  2 continues through the lane and sets the second backscreen on 3, who is usually wide open for the easy layup.  Could easily add one more STS (screen the screener) action with 4 screening for 2 coming back to the top of the key for 3.

Double Backscreen set play

Double Flare Backdoor:

A misdirection set play coming out of either 1-4 high, or Horns set.  The HS that runs this usually loads one side with its 4 and 5, but you could easily balance the floor with 2 and 3 in corners as well.  2 pops above three point line to get pass from 1.  4 and 5 sell the double flare with fists in the air, and lots of communication as 1 goes down to level of 4 and runs off both flare screens.  2 takes 1 dribble towards the flare action as 3 comes up towards the wing.  2 plants and pivots back to 3, who cuts hard to the rim and receives the backdoor pass from 2.

Double Flare Backdoor set play

X Shuffle Stagger:

I am a big fan of the STS action in set plays, especially when the initial screen can result in a layup.  Here you start in a 4 out 1 in high post set.  1 swings to 3 and we see the standard scissor cut off the high post.  4 flashes above the 5 and receives the pass from 3.  1 pops out to the wing and the ball is reversed.  2 sets a backscreen on 3 who cuts through the lane for a layup or easy post touch.  2 then comes off a stagger screen from 5 and 4 to the top of the key for 3.  Good way to get a bigger wing a post touch, and a look for your best shooter.

X Shuffle Stagger set play

Shuffle STS:

Similar set play to the previous action.  1 throws to 4 on the wing and cuts to ball side corner.  5 sets a screen for 2 who cuts to the block.  The HS that runs this gets a lot of easy layups because their 5 is 6’9″ and a decent shooter making it tough to help on this action or switch.  If there isn’t a layup, 5 pops to the top of the key and receives the pass from 4.  5 swings to 3, and 2 sets shuffle screen for 4 who cuts to the rim.  5 sets another screen for 2, this time to pop to the top of the key for the 3, or a high low look to 4.

Shuffle STS set play

Quick Lob:

I’ll end with another simple but unbelievably effective set play for a lob to your best athlete.  I watched this HS run this against 3 different teams in its league and should have had the action scouted, but still got the lob.  It starts from a box set with simple down screens for the 2 and 3.  1 makes the pass to 2 on the wing.  4 posts hard to create a little misdirection.  5 turns back around and sets back screen for 3, who runs to the rim. Their 3 man was a solid athlete, but not quite an elite leaper that you see at D1 programs across the country yet he got plenty of easy dunks off this set.

Quick Lob set play

As with any set plays, look to steal what works for your players and program.  Look to make tweaks.  I love stealing and sharing this info with other coaches.  Good luck and keep sharing.