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Newsletter #280 - December 6, 2023


Today's Quote:   "We have a great bunch of outside shooters. Unfortunately, all of our games are played indoors." - Weldon Drew

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Today's Theme... Two Plays for Your Shooting Guard


The "Zipper" cut occurs when a perimeter player moves inside and cuts hard around the low post player to the top for a pass and possibly a shot.  We have run this play off the break as "early offense". 

In this diagram, O1 dribbles to the wing, and O2 zipper-cuts around O4 out to the top. O2 could shoot the 3-pointer, or dribble-drive.  See 3-Out, 2-In Motion Offense to see how we use zipper.

zipper cut and play


The "Iverson cut" (aka "AI cut") is a type of shallow cut named after the great Allen Iverson. The cutter cuts over two high post screeners, one positioned at each elbow. The diagram shows the Iverson cut from a Horns set with the posts at the elbows.

O2 cuts hard over O4 and O5 for the pass from O1, as O3 clears to the opposite side. O2 might shoot, iso and dribble-drive, post-up, or back-cut if the pass goes to either post players. You could also run this from a 1-4 set, or really any situation where you have both posts at the elbows.

Iverson cut and play


See this video of Alan Iverson:

Alan Iverson video


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