Variation - 1 cuts directly to the opposite corner (a corner cut).
1 spaces out to the weakside corner, 3 starts to lift, 4 fills late (after a two-count), 2 passes to 4 and flattens back to the corner.
Cutter and ball arrive at the same time.
Ettore Messina - players should be square as they catch and make their move immediately or give it back up - shoot, drive, make one shot fake if unsure what to do, then pass if nothing is available.
Reverse the ball to 3 filling the other guard spot (4 is a reversal guy), 1 blast cuts for a pass, 3 cuts and clears, continue (reverse the ball, 2 will basket cut).
The sequence is quick-quick.
See Tactics - Teaching 4-out motion.
2) Swing series
1 reverses the ball to 4 (swing) and corner cuts, 3 lifts, 4 has a triple gap to attack.
John Calipari - 1 passes to 4 and cuts through the elbow to the corner, 3 lifts. 1 reads whether to pop back out if 4 drives left (see below).
Variation - 1 swings the ball, cuts to the basket (a through cut) and reads the play, e.g. exit cuts opposite a drive by 4.
Mads Olesen - it's a general rule that when you pass the ball on the perimeter, cut through to the basket and out the other side of penetration.
4 hits the wing and goes all the way through (quick), 2 lifts.
3 would look to attack middle (or use a 1-3-5 triangle to make a post entry).
Progression - 3 can pass to 1 in the corner, see Kickup series.
(Here 1 makes a through cut on the 1-4 swing pass, reads the play, and replaces 3 for floor balance on the 4-3 quick)
3 dribbles out, 2 lifts for a swing pass, 3 cuts, continue with 2-4 quick.
Option - 2 moves over on a two-count, 3 passes out top, 2 swings the ball to 4 (see Quick series).
1-4 swing into a 4-3 quick.
3 drives middle, 2 kicks back for a pass, 3 replaces 2.
Option - 4 can kick up, then 3 would replace 4 in the corner (or 4 goes back to the corner).
2-3 swing into a 3-4 quick, then continue with a 4-1 kickback and 1-4 swing.
Progression - 4 can drive middle for a kickback, or dribble out for a 4-1 swing.
Calipari - they want to give 3 two looks.
c) Swing-kickup (weakside)
1-4 swing and corner cut, 4 drives a triple gap to the drop zone for a 4-2 kickup, replaces 2 in the corner.
2 dribbles out, 2-3 swing and corner cut, 3-4 kickup, continue.
d) Swing-kickup (ballside)
1 passes to 4 and cuts, 4 drives for a kickup to 3, 1 reads it and pops out top (Calipari) or exits opposite (Olesen, shown).
Swing the ball into a kickup on the other side, here 3 reads it and pops back out.
- on the swing, 4 can run a 4-2 kickup, 4-3 kickup, or 4-3 quick (shown), 1 reads the play
- on the quick, 3 can drive middle for a kickback, or dribble out for a 3-2 swing (cutting action).
2) Quick series
2 gets open, 1 hits the wing and goes all the way through, 3 lifts.
In a game, 2 looks to attack baseline or middle.
Olesen - on a quick or kickup, 2 looks to shoot/attack first, skip second, a pass back to the top is the last option.
4 fills late (after a two-count), 2 passes to 4 and flattens to the corner, 3 replaces 4.
Olesen - 2 stays, 4 swings the ball to 3, cuts and replaces 2 in the corner, 2 replaces 4. 4 backcuts if denied.
4-3 swing into a 3-1 quick.
4 reads whether 3 drives left.
2 gives 1 a two-count then moves over for a pass, 1 cuts through for floor balance and 3 lifts.
Option - 2 has a triple gap to attack, so 1 gives him a two-count before cutting (see Kickup series).
Kentucky - 1 passes and basket cuts, 2 can drive the drop zone (and does not have a triple gap, 3 filled behind).
Variation - 1 dribbles out and swings the ball to 2, see Swing series.
See Offence - Kentucky dribble-drive (swing series), Fast Break - Calipari swing series.
Continue with a 2-3 swing, 3-1 quick, 4 lifts and will move over for a pass from 1.
After 1 hits 2 and goes through (quick), 2 drives middle, 4 fills behind, 3 kicks back, 2 passes to 3.
Progression - 2 can drive middle or wait and pass to 4 moving over.
3-2 swing into a 2-1 quick.
Kentucky - they want to give 2 two looks. 3 cuts through the elbow, but reads whether to keep going or pop back out. The passer also reads the ballhandler on a Quick set.
1 drives middle, 4 kicks back for a pass, then continue with 4 swinging the ball.
Progression - drive middle (kickback-swing), wait and pass to 4, or dribble out (swing).
3) Kickup series
1 drives for a kickup to 2.
2 would look to shoot, drive middle (e.g. into a 2-4 kickback or 2-3 kickup), or skip pass to 3.
- 1-4 kickback into a 4-2 kickup
- 1-3 kickup
- 1-4 swing into a 4-2 or 4-3 kickup (see above).
2 makes a return pass to 1 and cuts through (1 can drive from the corner), 4 moves over on a two-count.
5 would post on the pass to 1.
1 dribbles and passes to 4, reverse the ball into another kickup, e.g.
- a direct 4-2 kickup, 3 kicks back (shown)
- 4-3 swing into a 3-2 kickup
- 4-3 kickback, 3-4 swing into a 4-2 kickup.
John Calipari - if 1 drives middle, 4 and 3 rotate behind, 2 does not come out of the corner until 1 gets to the middle.
Progression - 1 dribbles out and passes to 4, or drives middle for a 1-3 kickback (or 1-2 kickup).
If 2 has no play, 4 moves over for a pass after a two-count, and has a triple-gap to attack (Olesen).
A 4-3 kickup is an option.
4 backcuts if overplayed.
Option - 2 can dribble out and swing it, see above.
2 balances the floor after a two-count (Olesen).
Reverse the ball into another kickup, e.g. with a 4-3 swing (4 reads it).
Progressions - on the kickup, 2 can
- throw it back to the corner or pass to 4 moving over
- drive middle into a kickback or kickup.