Basketball Systems, Skills & Drills


Bo Ryan
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Winning Hoops

An offence that works with basket cuts off screens is most effective. The two most effective screens are the UCLA screen (upscreen) and backscreens from the wing. These form the basis of the swing offense.

Many teams pressure the basketball, so an offense must be able to handle overplay. This offence is effective against pressure because it's a 4-out, 1-in offense. When one player has the ball, the other four players are tandem partners working off the ball to relieve pressure.

We try to make more free throws than the other team shoots, and every upscreen and backscreen set for a player going to the basket draws attention. Spacing is important, the swing offence features a ballside triangle, so don't clutter the post.

1 passes to 3 and cuts off an upscreen from 5 to the basket, 2 and 4 exchange on the weakside to occupy help defenders.

coachesclipboard.ca - 3 looks inside to 5 who should be posting on the low block, if 5 isn't open he upscreens for 1. 4 and 2 interchange.

If 1 isn't open, 3 reverses the ball to 5, who steps out.

coachesclipboard.ca - 4 fadescreens for 2 on the pass from 3 to 5 (on a wing to swing pass, there is a weakside flarescreen).

5 passes to 2, 1 backscreens for 3.

coachesclipboard.ca - 1 backscreens on a pass to 2 or 4, opens to the ball, then steps out to the weakside wing.

2 passes to 4, 1 and 5 come together on the back side before 1 fades to the perimeter.

coachesclipboard.ca - if 3 is not open on the low block he upscreens for the passer, then steps out for ball reversal, exchanging positions. 5 and 1 interchange.

If the post is shut down, 4 reverses to 2 then cuts off a backscreen from 3. 1 steps out for the reversal pass from 2 as 5 fades to the perimeter, back in the initial setup and spacing. Use ball fakes when trying to get the ball into the post as defenders react to ball fakes.

coachesclipboard.ca - 5 flarescreens for 1 on the pass to 2, 3 backscreens for 4 when 2 passes.

Special No. 1

Run special 1 with a good matchup at the point guard or as the shot clock is winding down.

1 dribbles toward the middle of the floor as 3 clears through the baseline to the opposite corner. 5 steps out and sets a pick and roll action with 1. 1 dribbles hard to the baseline if he can't turn the corner. 2 slides over late to set up the option of the reversal pass.

If the pick-and-roll is defended, swing the ball around to 3 in the corner for an open jumper (3's defender often gets caught helping on 5's roll to the basket), step out, set up the ball side triangle and get back into the offence.

Special No. 2

1 dribbles to the middle and hands the ball off to 2 coming off a screen from 4. 3 clears to the opposite corner. 2 tries to turn the corner off 5's ball screen, 5 rolls to the basket. If the play is defended, back out, get into proper spacing and run the offence.

Special No. 3

Another way of getting into the backscreen to initiate motion. 5 upscreens for 4, then steps out to receive the pass from 1. 4 sets the back screen for 3 running along the baseline and it's into the offence.

After all of the screening action takes place, if 4 steps out for the short jump shot it is usually open.

Special No. 4

2 makes a shallow cut toward the basket, then replaces 4 on the lane line to receive the pass from 1. 4 becomes the cutter along the baseline off the back screen from 5. If 5 steps out to look for the short jumper after the screen, it is usually open.

Special No. 5

Isolate 5. 1 passes to 4 as 3 clears to the opposite corner. 1 fades toward the wing and gets a return pass back from 4.

When the second pass is in the air, 5 fakes his defender across the lane line, drop steps and pins the defender inside.

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