Thanks to our friends at Breakthrough Basketball, we are pleased to share a play from Coach K’s playbook. It illustrates post isolation against a man-to-man defense. The play is pretty simple and is designed to get your best low-post scorer isolated on the low block with a possible mismatch.
Duke Basketball: Post Isolation Against Man-to-Man
– By Daniel Benjamin
This play is pretty simple and is designed to get your best low-post scorer isolated on the low block with a possible mismatch.
Player 5 needs to have the ability to score with his back to the basket as well as be able to set solid screens and possess some agility. Players 1 and 2 should be able to handle the ball well and be good passers. Player 4 should be able to make a post entry pass.
Four players start on the perimeter with player 1 in possession of the ball.
Player 5, who the play is run for, is positioned on the strong side low-block.
Player 1 passes the ball to player 2 and cuts to opposite corner.
After player 1 cuts to opposite corner, player 5 goes to set a back screen for player 4, who cuts to the ball-side block.
Player 5 then goes to set a ball-screen for player 2.
Player 5 sets a ball screen for player 2 and then rolls to the basket.
As player 5 is setting a ball-screen for player 2, player 4 cuts out to the near corner.
Player 2 dribbles towards the top of the key.
Player 2 passes the ball to player 4 in the corner.
In the meanwhile, player 5 is working to keep his defender under control (i.e. behind him).
Step 5: Player 4 passes to player 5, who looks to score.
Duke has used this play time and time again to get all three Plumlee brothers an easy look.
The play can be run both sides; just have to adjust personnel.
Do not start the play in the middle of the floor.
While the play is designed for player 5 to receive the ball on the low-block, do not be afraid to get the ball to player 4 or player 5 on their basket cuts.
A good way to get a defender under control is to go towards the basket. Then get your head and shoulder past the defender by using a front pivot and step through. After securing proper position, sit down in your stance.
Note: In step 4, if player 4 is not open, player 2 can enter the pass to player 5.
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