Newsletter #196

September 30, 2020


Today's Quotes:   

"I told him, 'son, what is it with you, ignorance or apathy?' He said 'Coach, I don't know and I don't care.'" - Frank Layden, Utah Jazz president on a former player.

Today's Theme... BYU Cougars Plays

Submitted by Coach Lason Perkins.  The BYU Cougar program has been an exciting team to watch over the past few years because of their offensive efficiency and the creative play actions they run.  
Last season, the Cougars finished:

  • #1 in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (42.2%)

  • #2 in assist/turnover ratio

  • #3 in field goal percentage

  • #4 in 3-point field goals per game

  • #5 in assists per game

Coach Mark Pope and his staff have put together some creative actions for the team to utilize by spreading the floor and mixing in ball screen actions, pinch post actions, and screening actions. Many of these actions and sets have been complied in The BYU Cougars Offensive Playbook.

Here are a few favorite actions from the playbook.

Pistol Action - Pistol Action, or DHO Continuity (dribble hand-off), has been popular starting with former BYU coach Dave Rose and continues with Coach Pope.

4 perimeter players look to use dribble handoffs to create movement while the post player (5) looks to set ball screens for the guards to attack off of.  On the weak side, the two perimeter players can spot up or can cut backdoor if overplayed.  See the diagrams @ BYU Cougar Plays.

Ricky Action - A "Ricky" action is a screen and rescreen action. It looks similar to Blocker Mover action in some manner.  1 and 2 run a dribble handoff.  2 dribbles the ball to the opposite side of the floor and passes back to 5 stepping out on the arc. On the pass to 5, 3 cuts off 4 (like a flex screen).

Then 5 and 1 run a dribble hand off, 4 sets a flare screen for 2.  As 1 centers the ball in the middle of the floor, 5 pins down for 3 and 4 rescreens for 2.  See the diagrams @ BYU Cougar Plays.

STS Action - Screen the screener action (STS) is difficult to defend, especially on a baseline out of bounds situation. Here is a baseline set that can be used against man to man or zone defense.  From a box alignment, 5 and 4 pop to the corners as 3 screens for 2. 1 hits 5 and 5 reverses the ball to 3.  2 will now screen down for 1, then receive a pin down screen from 5. 1 will clear the lane to open up space.  See the diagrams @ BYU Cougar Plays.

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