Video Playbook: Stanford Cardinal

By Randy Sherman

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The #2 ranked Stanford Cardinal, powered by their version of the Princeton Offense, look to reclaim Pac-12 and national supremacy.

As college basketball resumes, storylines abound in Palo Alto. First, Stanford Head Coach Tara VanDerveer needs just four wins to surpass the career win total of the legendary Pat Summitt. Assuming COVID-19 does not intervene, VanDerveer will surely get this done.

Second, the Cardinal, #2 in the preseason AP NCAA Women’s Basketball poll, will be out to reclaim the Pac-12 spotlight from the Oregon Ducks. With a talented cast of returnees, Stanford appears to be the favorite out West.

If the Cardinal recapture Pac-12 supremacy, they’ll do it with the Princeton Offense.

Below, we’ll take a look at their version of Princeton with the help of four video breakdowns. Enjoy each video with volume up for details and coaching points.


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Stanford Video Playbook

First, their transition offense and flow into the Princeton Offense actions Over the Top and Away.

Second video: Box Entry into Away action. These phases will look similar to what is commonly referred to as Forwards Out and Point Series in the Princeton Offense.

Third video: This video features more Away action mostly from half court situations.

Fourth video: this video features Gap Drives from High Alignment, Low Alignment and Chin.

Bonus Content

Speaking of Chin, here’s some bonus content of Stanford executing in Chin Phase of the Princeton Offense. Click the image below to add the diagrams to your FastDraw library!

Box Entry to Chin

The four frames above diagram Chin from Forwards Out, or as Stanford calls it – Box Entry. See video in Tweet below.

The 2020 college basketball season will be unlike any other. COVID-19 uncertainty will be the major national storyline. “Flexibility” will be the operative word for fans, coaches and players alike.

In the Pac-12, Stanford will be challenged by Arizona and UCLA. And, despite some monumental voids to fill, Oregon will be right there as well.

Nationally, South Carolina is near a consensus #1. The Gamecocks claimed all but one preseason #1 vote. Traditional powers such as UConn, Baylor and Louisville round out the Top Five.

Stanford is the perfect “Princeton” team. They have interchangeable and skilled perimeter players surrounding the versatile interior players needed to execute the offense optimally.

VanDerveer and her squad are surely hoping the season can safely play out. It could be historic.


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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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