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.

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

Tad Boyle Colorado Set Plays: DHO, Slot, and Horns Options

Tad Boyle Colorado Buffaloes Set Plays

These plays were originally featured on Coach Kosel’s website:

Here are three set plays from Colorado Head Coach Tad Boyle. Boyle is in his 6th season as head coach of the buffaloes and 10th season overall as a head coach. In 5 years in Boulder, CU has won 108 games and have had three NCAA Tournament appearances. Colorado also won the Pac-12 conference tournament in 2012. Before taking over in Boulder, Boyle was the head coach for Northern Colorado. During his time there, he turned around a program that won 4 games in 2006-2007 to a 2nd place finish in the Big Sky Conference winning 25 games in 2009-2010. Coach Boyle got his head coaching start at the high school level coaching for three seasons at Longmont High School in Colorado. From Longmont, he served as an assistant at Oregon, Tennessee, Jacksonville State, and Wichita State. Boyle played at the University of Kansas from 1981-1985 under Ted Owens and Larry Brown.

Tad Boyle Colorado Buffaloes Set Plays – High DHO Pitch

1 dribbles left as 5 and 4 screen for 2 and 3 on the blocks. 1 passes to 2 then cuts to the opposite corner. 5 looks to post up, but if he isn’t open 4 flashes high and gets the ball. 4 dribbles towards 3 and gives him the ball on a dribble hand-off. At the same time, 5 sets a flare-screen for 2 and 1 replaces 3 on the wing.

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Tad Boyle Colorado Buffaloes Set Plays – Slot Option

4 and 5 screen for 3 and 2 on the blocks. 1 passes to 2 then makes a shallow cut to the corner. 4 re-positions the screen and 3 cuts up the lane line to get the ball from 2. 5 looks to post up inside. Once 3 has the ball, he looks to pass to 5 at the basket or to 1 cutting up for a shot.

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Tad Boyle Colorado Buffaloes Set Plays – Horns DHO Duck In

1 dribbles off of the ball-screen from 4. 4 rolls to the basket and 5 replaces 4. If 1 doesn’t have anything, he passes back to 5 at the top of the key. 5 dribbles left giving the ball to 3 on a dribble hand-off. At the same time, 2 moves in from the corner and looks to post up on the right block.

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Click here to download the PDF! Tad Boyle Colorado Buffaloes Set Plays