January 12, 2019 - Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S - NC State guard C.J. BRYCE (13) matching up against Pitt guard XAVIER JOHNSON (1) in a game on January 12, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Credit Image: © Ed Clemente/ZUMA Wire)

Five Possessions: North Carolina State 45 Degree Cuts

#FivePossessions – Five curated possessions from the North Carolina State Wolfpack where they demonstrate 45º Cuts in their Spread Ball Screen offense.  (Note: Second installment of a new series entitled #FivePossessions, where we take a look at five possessions featuring a team or player and dive into a particular topic.) The North Carolina State Wolfpack are one of

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FastScout Web: The Future Of Scouting Is Here

Now available for NCAA DII and DIII levels, FastScout Web has all new features to prepare your team for victory. The future of scouting is here, and it’s called FastScout Web. After a successful introduction to our NBA and DI clients for the 2018-19 season, the product is now ready for DII and DIII coaches for the ’19-20 season. New

March 31, 2019: The Oregon Ducks backcourt of Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu (20), Oregon Ducks forward Ruthy Hebard (24), and Oregon Ducks forward Satou Sabally (0) watch a free throw during the NCAA Women's Championship Elite 8 game between the Oregon Ducks and the Mississippi State Bulldogs at the Moda Center, Portland, Oregon. Larry C. Lawson/CSM(Credit Image: © Larry C. Lawson/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Five Possessions: Oregon Ducks Zone Concepts

#FivePossessions – Five curated possessions from the Oregon Ducks where they demonstrate valuable Zone Offense concepts. (Note: In this new series entitled #FivePossessions, we’ll take a look at five possessions featuring a team or player and dive into a particular topic. First up, Zone Offense from Oregon Ducks Women’s Basketball.) The Oregon Ducks have one

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Georgios Bartzokas: The 9 Rules of Switching Defense

The iconic EuroLeague coach won many games with his switching defense strategy. Here’s a breakdown of his rules with FastDraw diagrams. Georgios Bartzokas Profile One of the most successful and charismatic coaches in European basketball, Georgios Bartzokas claimed a EuroLeague championship while being named Coach of the Year in 2013 with Olympiakos. Bartzokas also was a Final Four

March 21, 2019 - Hartford, CT, USA - Villanova head coach Jay Wright looks on during action against St. Mary's in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at XL Center in Hartford, Conn., on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Villanova advanced, 61-57. (Credit Image: © Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

Tips For Lean Coaching

Lean Coaching: Three tips for trimming away the excess that may exist in your coaching style In some recent reading on non-basketball subjects, I ran across the descriptive term lean. The term lean was used as a complimentary descriptor for an author’s writing style. To have a lean writing style means the author is not

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Team-First Culture Begins with Coaches Modeling Behavior

Coaches can’t expect players to exhibit team-first attitudes and behavior if they don’t demonstrate it themselves. As coaches, we are constantly preaching to our teams about the importance of each member of the team having a “team-first” attitude. Our focus is generally on the fact that, while they need to develop their skills to become

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Here’s Why Double Low Alignment is an Effective Zone Offense

Unlock scoring opportunities with double low alignment – placing both post players on the low block with a focus on screening and slipping. Hopefully by now, you’re aware that I’ve been writing about offensive concepts this off season, including zone offense tips and 1-4 sets to score. This post will dive into how to break down odd front zones

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Video Playbook: The Short Roll

The short roll is an effective tool when the ball screen defense puts two on the ball. Here’s a look from some masters of the short roll.  When teaching ball screen offense, it is important to equip your players with solutions to various ball screen defense tactics. Without solutions you are just “running something” and doing a

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The Basketball Tournament Tip-Off x FastModel Finish

See how a Michigan AAU tournament used the Elam Ending, similar to what The Basketball Tournament does, for better late game situations. Today is tip-off of the The Basketball Tournament, which in its sixth year has become another great summer viewing option for basketball fans (You can catch all games airing live on ESPN networks). One

February 09, 2019: Syracuse senior guard Frank Howard (23) on defense during the first half of play. The Syracuse Orange defeated the Boston College Eagles 67-56 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY. Alan Schwartz/CSM(Credit Image: © Alan Schwartz/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Zone Offense: Alignment

Alignment may be the key piece of zone offense. Here’s some tips for picking the right alignment versus various zone defenses.  When attacking zone defenses, the first step is to settle upon an offensive alignment. And starting from a good alignment may be all the “offense” you need versus a zone.  The traditional zone alignments

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