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Quick hitters
Duke actions


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Chris Collins

10 quick-hitting actions (audibles) with multiple reads, players have freedom to drive and make plays with the spacing they need. One-word commands are simple and strong.

1) Wide
2) Corner
3) Exchange
4) Shallow
5) Release
6) Flash
7) Through
8) Circle
9) Down
10) Up

The first big runs to the paint (here it's 5), the wings run wide to the corners, the second big is a slow trailer, he assesses what they are doing.

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1) Wide

1 hits strongside wing 2, cuts through, 5 clears to the opposite block, 4 runs into a side ballscreen, options are

- 2 drives baseline (the low post is open), look for a two-on-one against X5 or kick-outs to weakside shooters,
- a wing pick and pop (keep four-around-one spacing) with a weakside triangle (with 3 at 45 degrees), 5 cracks (ducks) in hard as 2 comes off the screen (shown, there has to be good timing)
- against a trap or hard show, 2 passes to 4 popping, for a shot.

See Fast breaks - Florida 2006.
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2) Corner

For an outstanding driver who doesn't need a screen, he can break down his man, put him on his best side (here 2 is left-handed), surround him with shooters. 1 passes to 2, cuts off 5 to the ballside corner, 4 and 3 interchange, 3 gets to the line of 45.


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2 lets 1 clear out, the middle opens up, with two shooters spread weakside, often 4 will get a wide-open shot as X4 helps in the paint.

If 2 throws back to 1 in the corner, look inside right away to 5 isolated in the low post.

See Offence - Walberg dribble-drive attack (Kickups), Calipari dribble-drive (post-ups).up

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3) Exchange

2 and 4 are denied, 1 makes a dribble handoff to 2, 4 comes in for a top pick and pop (5 stays low) or pick and roll (5 replaces, shown).
 
2 can pass back to 5 into a high-low, see Shallow below.

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1 can make a read if X1 jumps high, skip the exchange, keep the ball, look to get it into the post.
 
See Fast breaks - 5star pro-style (wedge), Nets (pistol down), Quick hitter - Trail.
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4) Shallow

Use a shallow cut to get the ball to the wing when 2 is denied,
it's like a shallow zipper cut, 2 clears the wing and comes up top, 1 can bust it up the side. The first option is an early post entry, 5 cracks in to get a piece of the paint.

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On a pass to 2, 4 picks and pops (shown), or rolls and 5 replaces, see Exchange above.

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On a pass to 4, look for a high-low pass to 5, if that's not there, dribble handoff to 1, pop, or roll and 5 replaces (see Up below).

See Offence - Bill Self high/low motion (dribble over), Horns zipper fist
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5) Release

2 is denied, 1 hits the trailer off the elbow at the top of the key, it's right into flex action, 5 sets a flex screen, the first look is 2, 5 cracks in, 4 can take one dribble and pass to 5.

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1 moves to the wing, creating space, if 4 passes to 1 he downscreens for 2, isolating 5 in the low post.
 
See Offences - Tennessee playbook (play call #4), Flex specials (hold).

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If 4 reverses the ball to 3, 2 posts then cross-screens for 5 (little-big) if he doesn't have anything, then 4 screens for 2 (screen the screener).

See Offences - Flex specials (Xavier, cross), Nets (cross option, also cross-fist, cross-get), Fast breaks - Memphis (Flex cut), Serbia U18
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6) Flash

2 and 4 are denied, 5 flashes to the ballside elbow for a pass, 2 comes out and sets up a backdoor cut, 1 sets up a cut for a handback then goes to the corner if it's not there, 4 downscreens for 3 right into a dribble handoff.

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5 rolls, 3 looks to attack the basket for a shot or kick-out to 1, 4 gets 2 for a two-man game on a throw-back from 3 (2 shoots or passes into 4).

See Offence - Seth Greenberg slice, Horns 45 backdoor
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7) Through

They're getting stagnant, try to get some movement, crossing action, different guys handling the ball. 1 passes to 2 and cuts to the basket, 4 screens down for 3, who comes up to the top of the key.

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2 passes to 3 and cuts into the lane for single-double action, 4 and 5 are screeners at the blocks, 1 and 2 can cross and come out.

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Get into high-low on a pass to a wing.

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Or get into a quick Wide, 4 circles up to ballscreen.
 
See Fast breaks - Tom Crean (Thru screen), Offences - Power, High-low.up

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8) Circle

A favourite with a shooter like JJ Redick. 1 dribbles towards shooter 2, 4 downscreens for 3, setting up a two-guard front, 2 has a baseline double-screen, or can come back out to the same side off 5 (1 keeps his dribble alive and brings it back, or 3 throws back to 1).

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If 1 can't pass to 3 he shallows him out (tell him to shallow, bring it over, 3 shallow cuts).

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A pass to 2 would set up a high-low (5 comes high), on a pass to 3, 2 runs the baseline again.

See Fast breaks - Florida 2006, Serbia U20, Xavier (staggers).
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9) Down

4 downscreens for 3, who curls into the lane (the first option) then uses a flarescreen from 5, while 4 screens for 2. 1 keeps his dribble alive.

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On a pass to 3, he can rip through and drive baseline (shown), the low post is empty, if he doesn't have that, 5 will ballscreen.

On a pass to 2, get into a quick high-low.

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If X3 jumps on top to take away the downscreen, 3 goes low using 5 (don't fight the coverage), 2 comes high over 4.

See Fast breaks - Florida 2005, Larry Brown (drag special), Offences - Leitao motion, European (options 10-11), Florida pick and roll (disguise), also Larry Brown 1-4.
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10) Up

4 is an athletic big, 3 upscreens, 5 flashes to the ball to occupy his defender, the first look is a lob pass.

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On a pass to 3, look for a shot or take it to the side, isolate 4 in the low post, 5 comes over into high-low.

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If none of that is open, 5 runs into a pick and roll, 4 replaces, 3 can throw back to 4 for a shot or pass into the low post.

See Quick hitters - Lob options, Fast breaks - Atkins 2-out, Basketball Highway.up

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