After watching a lot of college men’s and women’s games in person, on the tube, or streamed online this past hoop season, I saw more and more shot clock violations or poor decision making of poor shot selections or turnovers because most teams seem to rely strictly on free-lance play to get the shot off before the shot clock expires on each offensive possession.
Too many times the ball does not end up in the right players hands, the best dribble penetrater, and coaches have to live with whatever happens with a less skilled creator who many times ends up with a poor hurried low percentage shot, a turnover or a shot clock violation on the possession.
At the 8 second mark on the shot clock of the possession why don’t the coaches get the ball into the hands of their best dribble penetrater and have the team’s best 3 point shooter to the opposite side of the dribblers weak side hand so that because the dribble penetrater is usually going to be forced to his weak side dribbling hand so that if the 3 point shooter’s man has to leave the shooter to help out the dribbler he is open for kick out pass for a 3 pointer.
To the penetraters right should be the teams 2nd best 3 point shooter on the floor so that if the dribbler is driven away from the best 3 point shooter’s left to the penetraters right then it is just vice versa for the 2nd best 3 point shooter to the penetrater’s right.
If the dribbler cannot get the ball to either shooter to his left or right that should leave the post player with one on one coverage on the block which makes it much easier to get that player the ball.
If the dribble penetrater cannot get the ball to any teammate then that is because there is denial defense on his/her teammates and no help defense available to stop him. so he should have a clear lane to the hoop.
If the defender races towards a 3 point shooter to close him/her out and takes away the 3 pointer, the 3 point shooter should ball fake the attempted 3 on the defender to draw a foul or drive to the hoop.
If opponents go zone then just match up against the zone. If it’s an even front zone have the penetrater at the left guard position and the shooter lined up with the back defender on the left side of the zone and the other 3 point shooter lined up with the right side front defender. If the penetrater is on the right side of the floor then just put the shooters at the same positions on the floor opposite of what they were on vice versa.
Against an odd front zone have dribbler at the point and the 2 shooters on the left wing and right wing which gives you the same situation as against man to man because you have matched up with the zone defense.
If the penetrater is on a wing then the 2 shooters should be at either the point or baseline to the left or right of the penetrater if he is on the left wing and vice versa if he is at the right wing.
Again, same options as against man-to-man, hit a wing, hit the post or drive to the hoop if they cannot get the ball to a teammate because of denial overplay in the zone.
Responsibility of the team’s best dribble penetrater is to go get the ball at the 8 second mark if he/she does not have the ball.
It is then the responsibility of the two best 3 point shooters get to the player with the ball’s left for the best shooter and to his right for the 2nd best 3 point shooter to his right.
8 seconds is a long time in a basketball offensive possession. Here’s an example: Just read the Mississippi’s below and that is 8 seconds.
8 Mississippi, 7 Mississippi, 6 Mississippi, 5 Mississippi, 4 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi 1 Mississippi…0 buzzer.
Try this, it might just work. In fact, the quick hitting offense that I posted on my BLOG (July 7, 2017) would be a perfect offense to go from to the 8 second offense as the shot clock ticks down.