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Basketball Offense - 3-2 Motion Offense Options

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First read "Motion Offense". So you want flexibility and want to vary your offensive attack, while maintaining the 3out-2in as your basic set. Here are some simple plays to run off the 3-2 set. These do not necessarily have to be called as set plays, but can be taught to the players as various types of screening options to use within the general motion offensive scheme. Some of these plays can be run right or left.

"I Up"
To change to a 1-3-1 set, call "1 up" and the weak-side low post player moves to the high post.

If the ball is on the point, O5 moves to the high post.

Motion offense options, the 1-3-1 set

Want to show a 1-4 stack set, call "2 up" and both posts move to the elbows.

Now you can run the 1-4 stack offense and plays.

Motion offense options, the 1-4 set

Call "4 down" to run a simple low stack play such as this. O1 drives and tries to create his own shot, or dishes off to a teammate.

O2 and O3 set picks for O4 and O5. O2 flares out for a three-point option. O3 moves out on top as prevent man on defense.

1-4 low stack play
Want to overload a zone (in this case the right side)? Call "3-cross" to have O3 makes a cut to the hoop, and then out to the opposite corner. Now the right side of the floor is over-loaded.
Motion offense options, 3-cross
The defense is showing a 1-3-1 zone and you want to go to a two-guard front. Call "3 corner" to have your O3 slide down to his own corner, and O1 and O2 move over into a two-guard set.
Motion offense options, 3-corner

You can change to a 4-out, 1-in set by calling something like "4 Out to John", where John becomes the inside post player. See "4-out, 1-in motion offense".

4-out motion offense

If you have good quick guards in the game, run the open post (5-Out) offense. Call this "5", rather than "5-Out". Once I called "5-out" and the ref charged me with a time-out, thinking I had yelled "time-out" instead of "5-Out"... so just call this option "5". See "Open Post Offense".

Open post, 5-out motion offense

Wing to Low Post Motion.

Downscreen & Curl.

Wing sets a down-screen for the low post, who curls around the screen for pass from O1. After setting the screen, O3 can seal for the inside position and the pass from O1, or flare out to the short corner or wing for a pass for an outside shot.
Motion offense options, using down-screens


Low post sets a back-screen on the same side wing defender. The wing cuts backdoor for the pass from O1. The low post can also seal and roll for a pass from O1.



Motion offense options, using back-screens

Post-Post Motion

Option #1

O4 sets pick for O5 who cuts off the screen for the pass from O1.



Motion offense options, low post screens

Option #2

Same play as option 1-- in this case the defenders made a "switch" and the X4 defender picks up O5.

Reading this, O5 takes the defender out to the short corner. O4 has inside position after screening and sealing the defender, and gets the pass from O1 (who dribbles a little to the right to set up a better passing angle).


Motion offense options, low post screen and seal
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Helpful DVDs:

3-Out, 2-In motion offense from Coach Jim Calhoun
Jim Calhoun: The Attacking 3-Out-2-In Motion Offense
with Jim Calhoun, Head Coach UConn, 1999 & 2004 NCAA Champions.

Coach Calhoun gives an inside look into one of the most potent offenses in college basketball today... Calhoun begins with his attacking secondary break offense and its options and entries. In The Attacking 3-Out-2-In Motion Offense, he provides eight set plays and entries into this attacking offense. He also demonstrates five unique inbounds plays from both under the basket and sideline positions. An added bonus in this unique videotape is Calhoun's detailed outline of his practice philosophy and program development... (more info)

Price: $39.99
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Excellent lessons on the motion offense.
3-Out 2-In High/Low Motion Offense
with Dave Loos, Austin Peay State University Head Coach

Coach Loos, four-time Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year, clearly and systematically teaches the 3-Out 2-In High/Low Motion Offense. Using on-court demonstration, Loos goes through a step-by-step process of initiating and setting up the high/low offense and building into it over 10 play options from the wing, post and dribble entry. Learn both a pattern for the high/low and specific plays such as "America's Play"... (more info)

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Bill Self: The High/Low Motion Offense
Bill Self: The High/Low Motion Offense
with Bill Self, University of Kansas Head Coach; 2008 NCAA Champions; former Head Coach University of Illinois.

This is a 3-out/2-in motion offense which is simplified with some basic rules for continuity. Because the offense is designed to pull one of your post players to the high post, it allows you to isolate your best big man at the low post with lots of room to score. The High/Low also places your perimeter players in position to score off the catch or dribble with the look of a true motion offense. Self uses on court demonstration to teach each player's responsibilities within the offense... (more info)

Price: $39.99
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Six Effective Entries into the High/Low Motion Offense
Bill Self: Six Effective Entries into the High/Low Motion Offense
with Bill Self, University of Kansas Head Coach; 2008 NCAA Champions.

Coach Bill Self complements his popular High/Low Motion tape with this tape on entries. Self details and demonstrates six entries, each consisting of multiple options and counters for all five players on the floor. Options include post-ups, 3-point shots, backdoors, and lobs out of a 1-4 and 1-2-2 alignment. This high quality videotape, shot at one of the largest demonstration coaching clinics in the country, is an excellent complement to his High/Low Motion Offense video... (more info)

Price: $39.99
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