Friday, October 31, 2014

Elite Hoops Playset: Post

Posted by Aj Holland | Friday, October 31, 2014 | Category: | 0 comments

Many teams that have a talented back to the basket big man underestimate their passing ability and court vision while others know how skilled the post is but don't have any playsets to take advantage of these skills. "Post" is a set that can slow the game down if things begin to get out of hand and also gives the post a touch with the option to make a play with a pass. There are counters to however the defense chooses to defend which lowers the risk of mistakes.


"Post" begins in a 4 out 1 in set with P1 entering the ball to the wing and cutting to the ball side corner. P2 then makes a post entry to P5. At that time, P1 sets a screen for P2 looking for a shot in the corner and at the same time a downscreen is being set for P3 by P4 on the weak side block. P5 then has the option to make a post move for a score or pass to any of the other teammates for an open shot. 

A.J. Holland
Elite Hoops Basketball Trainer


Friday, October 17, 2014

Elite Hoops Playset: Twist

Posted by Aj Holland | Friday, October 17, 2014 | Category: | 0 comments

Many coaches throughout the country have decided that the best offense for their team is the 4 out motion. This allows players to have a variety of options on floor and lets them play freely while making reads at the same time. One problem that some people have come across is finding a way to score in the late clock without a desperation shot. In the play below the answer to this problem is solved.

With about 15 seconds left, P1 executes a dribble handoff with P2 while P3 and P4 exchange spots. As soon as P2 gets lane line extended the ball is swung to P4 and P2 L cuts off of a backscreen from P5. P5 then turns around to set a pin screen for P3 looking to catch and shoot. If P3 cannot receive the pass he finishes his cut to the opposite corner. Next, P5 pops out to swing the ball to P1 and follows with a ball screen. When P1 comes off of the ball screen, P5 continues to set a down screen for P3 while P4 sets a down screen for P2. If P2 is not open for a shot he continues across the lane to set a backscreen to free P5 for a layup. There are 10 scoring options to this play in 15 seconds.

Coach A.J. Holland
Elite Hoops Basketball

Friday, October 10, 2014

Elite Hoops Basketball Playset: Wisconsin

Posted by Aj Holland | Friday, October 10, 2014 | Category: | 0 comments

Inbounds plays can be the difference between winning or losing a gameby two points. This is a time during the game when the ball is close to the basket and the defense is guarding from a position they are not used to being in on defense. With this being said, the offense needs to have a number of different options to go to from out of bounds. "Wisconsin" is a playset that forces the defense to play against their principles and often leads to wide open shots if the timing is correct.


"Wisconsin" begins with P3 taking the ball out of bounds with P5 on the block, P1 and P4 on the elbows, and P2 in the weak side corner. On the slap of the ball, P5 pops to the corner to receive the pass and P1 steps out free throw line extended. When the ball is passed to P1, P2 sets a screen for the inbounder cutting over the top for a layup. P5 then sets a screen for P2 looking for a shot in the corner. If not open, P1 has the option to pass to the open man for a bucket!

Coach A.J. Holland

Friday, October 3, 2014

Elite Hoops Playset: Stanford

Posted by Aj Holland | Friday, October 3, 2014 | Category: | 0 comments

"Stanford" is a play ran by many teams throughout the NCAA. This set is structured but gives players the opportunity to play out of it if they see an opening. Also, if the defense breaks down or is not ready, it is possible to get a quick layup. The key to this play is to hit a body on every screen. This will allow players the space they need and set up the next action. At the end of the play the players are in a 3 out 2 in set where they can go into their motion.



"Stanford" begins in a 1-4 set with the pg entering the ball to the wing on cutting off of a backscreen by the P4. The ball is then reversed to the top of the key and a staggered screen on the weak side is set by P3 and P5. P1 then curls to the wing looking for a shot. If not there, P3 sets a cross screen for P5 and P4 immediately sets a downscreen for P3. P1 then has the option to pass to the post or hit P3 for a shot coming of the downscreen.

Coach A.J. Holland
Elite Hoops Basketball Trainer