Basketball Set OffensesBy Dr. James Gels, from the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook
- 1-4 Set
- Horns Set Offense
- More Set Offenses (MSU, Hawk, Auriemma Strong, more)
- Box-Set Offense
- 1-3-1 Set Offense
Set offenses start in a predefined formation, or set. From the starting set, plays, options, and patterns can be run.
1-4 Stack OffenseThe 1-4 stack offense is set high at the free-throw line extended with both post players at the elbows. This opens up the space underneath the basket for back-cuts and dribble-penetration.
Horns Offense/SetThe Horns offense/set features double high post players ("horns") and 2 perimeter players in the corners. Discussed are the basics of the offense with many set plays.
Coach Tom Izzo
More Set OffensesSee:
- Michigan State's Sets/Plays
Coach Tom Izzo's sets and plays.
- Hawk Offense
Very popular with NBA teams, with many options, used against man-to-man defenses.
- Auriemma Strong Set
Coach Geno Auriemma UConn uses this half-court set offense with many options.
- Double Stack Offense/Plays
Use this set to confuse the opponent - as another way of getting into your offense.
- 2-1-2 High-Post Offense
An excellent offense if you have a good high post player with many options, and you don't need a great point guard for this offense.
Box-Set OffenseThis offense starts in a box set with 2 players at the blocks and 2 at the elbows.
1-3-1 OffenseA simple easy set to learn with good spacing, a high post and low post presence, and a good choice for youth and middle school teams.
For attacking man-to-man defense, several simple motion patterns are presented below, and a few simple plays are referenced. Additionally, the 1-3-1 set works well against the most common zone you will see, the 2-3 zone defense.