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Xavier middle ballscreens


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Middle ballscreens from the Xavier newsletter.

1) Pop

4 picks and pops, 2 clears the ballside corner, 1 throws back to 4.

See Fast breaks - Unicaja Junior.

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2) Heat

4 picks and pops, 5 searches across the lane, 2 gets to the left block.

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On a throwback to 4, 2 cross screens for 5.

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3) Stagger 4

4 picks and pops, 3 and 5 stagger screen for 2, 1 throws back to 4, who hits 2.

Also look for a slip or duck-in by 5.


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4) Return

1 acts like he is going to use 4's screen then spin dribbles, 5 ducks in for a pass.

See Offence - Villanova 4-out 1-in motion (Punch).

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5) Drag into 7 cut

4 sets a drag screen in transition then pops, 3 flattens to the corner.


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The ball is reversed to 2 below the foul line, 4 sprints and slips a ballscreen, looking for a layup, 5 ballscreens behind 4.

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5 rolls, 4 replaces looking for a shot or a chance to enter the ball into 5.

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6) Post rub

4 picks and pops, 1 throws back to 4, 2 rub cuts over the top of 5 then clears, 4 feeds 5 inside.


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7) Trade (middle)

5 picks and rolls, 4 comes high.

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8) Trade 5 High Floppy

5 ballscreens for 1 then re-screens and rolls, 4 replaces.

See Tactics - Van Gundy ballscreens.

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9) Rocket pindown

Ideal for a 4 who can shoot. 1 dribbles off 5's "rocket screen" toward the wing, then 5 pins down for 4. Also look for a duck-in by 5.

See Tactics - Van Gundy ballscreens.

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10) Wide

5 picks and rolls, 4 trades high, 2 cuts to the corner.

See Offence - Izzo quick strikes (15), Tactics - Van Gundy ballscreens (Spread).

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11) Trade

5 picks and rolls, 2 comes high.


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12) Side Trade

5 picks and rolls, 3 replaces.



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1 throws back to 3, 2 clears to the other corner, 4 flarescreens for 1. 3 can enter the post or take a bounce toward the middle to hit 1.

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13) Stagger

4 and 5 stagger ballscreen for 1, then stagger screen for 3.

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4 and 5 stagger screen for 2.

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14) Stagger flare

5 and 4 stagger ballscreen for 1.


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5 screens for 4, 3 screens in.

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15) Handoff stagger

1 dribble handoffs to 2 then spaces to the corner, 5 and 4 stagger ballscreen for 2, 5 rolls, 4 pops out top.
 
Billy Donovan - 1 can use the stagger ballscreen, or dribble at 3 and send him backdoor or make a dribble hand-off and 3 uses the screens.

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16) Flip wide

Quick-hit three-point shot for 3.

1 dribble handoffs to 2 then spaces, 5 ballscreens for 2, 4 flarescreens for 3.

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17) 4-out weave

1 drives middle and pitches to 4, who dribble handoffs to 2 then pops, 5 picks and rolls (and 4 fills behind the ballscreen), 1 and 3 are shot ready.

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