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Initial Movement Clears Space, Opens Middle

Use a downscreen then a low screen to create space for a talented ball handler to secure a pass, use a pick and score at the basket

The screening and ball movement action is a lot for defenders to follow – watch the middle open up during these actions.

Start from a standard Horns set with a post player near each elbow and a shooter in each corner. The entry is a bit different this time as the high post moves low first, then circles high.

The left elbow screens down for the eventual ball handler in the left corner (2). 4 then comes high and receives a pass from the point (1). 5 shifts to the weak-side block [1]. 4 dribbles right. 1 relocates to the left corner as 4 dribbles across the set. 5 screens and frees 2 coming high as well as 3 curling across to the left side [2]. 4 hands off to 2, then sets a ball screen for him. 2 uses the screen and penetrates into the middle as 3 and 5 clear to the corners creating more open space [3].


3 and 5 must clear or the lane becomes clogged and 2 has nowhere to go. 2 must allow 4 to shift into screening position after the handoff. 2 looks to attack the rim or kick out a pass to 1 circling into an open window.

Michael Austin

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I’ve dedicated my professional career to advancing the education of basketball on a local, regional and national level, but my love of the game took off on the outdoor courts of my hometown in Massachusetts. From youth hoops to the highest level of collegiate basketball, I’ve witnessed and reported on it all, and I’m ready to take this knowledge to provide you with the best coaching publication available – Basketball Coach Weekly.
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