Video Playbook: Fred Hoiberg Pitch Series

By Randy Sherman

January 3, 2018 - Chicago, IL, USA - Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg gives direction to his players in the first half against the Toronto Raptors at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday January 3, 2018. The Raptors won, 124-115. (Credit Image: © Chris Sweda/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

A video breakdown of pitch and flip entries from Fred Hoiberg’s Pitch Series

We decided to go back a few seasons and take another look at Fred Hoiberg’s Pitch Series that he brought to the Chicago Bulls from Iowa State. The series features some weave-like ball and player movement, misdirection and both wing and spread ball screens.

Pitches

The dribble pitch to the trailer is the initial action in the clips in the video below. It can be followed with a pass-and-follow wing ball screen or a misdirection or MIX pass. The first few clips are of Pitch Get – a simple dribble pitch into a pass-and-follow wing ball screen.

Video Playbook: Pitch Get and Pitch Mix Angle (Volume up for the “clinic” experience!)

Misdirection is an effective offensive principle. Use the dribble and/or player movement in one direction then pass against the grain and against the defensive movement.

In the diagram below, Player 1 pitches to Player 4. Player 4 takes one or two dribbles to the right then throws back to Player 1. The ball and player movement to the right would pull the defense in that direction. The mix pass from Player 4 back to Player 1 would be against the grain of the defensive movement.

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At 1:02 in the above video, the Bulls demonstrate Pitch Mix Angle where the pitch is followed by the throwback pass. On the flight of the throwback, the interior player races into an angled step-up ball screen. Click the image below to add Pitch Mix Angle to your FastDraw playbook.

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If the defense is able to take away the mix pass, the ball may be entered to Player 5 at the elbow setting up a back cut into a handoff (Frame 4 and at 2:10 in the video above).


Flips

The Bulls also initiate with a dribble handoff to the ball side wing (flip). The video below features Flip Get where the dribble handoff is followed by weave action then a pass-and-follow wing ball screen.

Video Playbook: Flip Get and Flip Mix Angle (Volume up for the “clinic” experience!)

At 1:23 in the video above, the Bulls demonstrate Flip Mix Angle. This sequence is similar to Pitch Mix Angle. There is the ball side flip, the weave action and then then mix pass against the grain. On the flight of the throwback, the interior player races into an angled step-up ball screen.

Flip Mix Angle is also a way to get a guard other than the point guard involved in the high ball screen. Click the diagrams below to get Flip Mix Angle into your FastDraw Playbook!

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If the defense is able to take away the mix pass, the ball may be entered to Player 5 at the elbow setting up a back cut into a handoff (Frame 4 above and at 2:09 in video above).


Bonus Video

Here are some bonus videos! First is Flip Jersey – a clear out option beginning with a flip. It features misdirection plus a back screen lob opportunity.

Next, this clip features #RAMP program Bergen Catholic (NJ) scoring with Pitch Get from Hoiberg’s Pitch Series.

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And lastly, some clips from Iowa State demonstraing various sequences from the Pitch Series during Hoiberg’s time there.

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Randy Sherman
Randy Sherman is the owner and founder of Radius Athletics - a basketball coaching consulting firm - where he consults with basketball coaches at all levels on coaching philosophy, practice planning, Xs & Os and teaching a conceptual style of basketball. While a head basketball coach at the the interscholastic level, Sherman's teams won 197 games in nine seasons.
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January 3, 2018 – Chicago, IL, USA – Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg gives direction to his players in the first half against the Toronto Raptors at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday January 3, 2018. The Raptors won, 124-115. (Credit Image: © Chris Sweda/TNS via ZUMA Wire)
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