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Pick & Pop For 3

When your big man has outside-shooting ability, use simple off-ball, high-screen action followed by a pop by the screener to set up a 3-pointer

This play pulls a big defender away from the hoop, sends a backdoor cutter as a distraction and sets up an open 3-pointer.

Wisconsin runs this play for talented post player Frank Kaminsky, who begins outside the lane but low on the right side.

Move the defense left with a perimeter pass in that direction. The left-elbow player screens his defender to keep the defines from double-teaming the new ball handler. The right corner starts running baseline [1]. Kaminsky comes high and sets a backdoor screen for the initial ball handler, who now curls around the back of the set. The baseline runner moves to the left corner, which opens that side even more. The ball handler dribbles right and looks at the cutter [2]. Kaminsky pops after setting the screen. His defender stayed low to guard against the backdoor pass. He receives the pass and shoots the open 3-pointer [3].


Due to the backside action, there are no defenders above the free-throw line. This allows an easy catch-and-shoot opportunity for the post player.

Michael Austin

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