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Defence
Pitt off-ball screens


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Jamie Dixon

Depending on the attacking set, a defender on 1 may be needed for a shell drill.

a) America's play

From a box set, 1 dribbles to the wing, 2 cross-screens for 3, then 4 and 5 will double-screen for 2.

Pitt always has X3 go under the cross-screen, if 3 goes over the top, X2 stands him up right next to his man, foot to foot with 2. X3 meets 3 ballside.

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When 4 and 5 double screen at the foul line, X2 trails 2 (trail all double screens), X4 protects the basket against a slip, X5 is the extender, he sees the ball and gets his hand in the passing lane as 2 comes off the double screen.

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b) UCLA

1 passes to 2 and cuts to the block using a backscreen from 5.

X1 goes laneside, X5 stands up the cutter ballside, right beside the screen.

If X1 goes ballside, 1 will fade to the top for a shot.

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2 passes to 5 stepping out, 4 downscreens for 3.

X3 will trail a shooter or go ballside on a non-shooter. X4 leaves room for X3 to go ballside (between X4 and the screen). Here X3 trails 3, X4 will extend the screen, hand in the passing lane, seeing the ball, arm's-length from his man.

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c) Shuffle cut

From an inverted box set, the bigs pop out to the wings for a pass. On a pass to 5, 1 screens away, 2 goes to the ballside corner, 3 comes up to set a shuffle screen.


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5 passes to 4 and shuffle cuts off 3. X5 goes under the screen (go under all shuffle cuts), X3 stands up the cutter if he goes over the top.

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4 passes to 1 and downscreens for 3 (pick the picker). Here X3 goes ballside on a non-shooter.

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d) Flex

1 picks a side, the opposite big comes up.


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1 passes to 4, 5 flex screens for 2.

Pitt always has X2 go under the flex screen, X5 stands up the cutter if he goes over top.

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On the downscreen, X1 makes room for X5 to go through but X5 trails a shooter, getting low, knees bent, shoulders through the screen.

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e) Transition

1 dribbles out 2 who goes through, 3 downscreens for him, the ball is reversed to 2.


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3 cross-screens for 5, X5 goes under the screen, X3 stands up 5 if he goes over the top.

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4 downscreens for shooter 3, X3 trails 3, X4 extends so they won't get hurt on a curl.

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f) Single-double

Box baseline out of bounds, 3 inbounds to 5, the ball is passed to 1, shooter 3 gets under the basket.

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5 and 2 double screen for 3, 4 single screens. X3 forces 3 off the single side, getting low and wide, then trails 3, and X4 extends the screen.

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