Plays of the Week – Serbian National Team

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Below are several plays from Serbia used in EuroBasket 2015. Serbia is looking to clinch a final spot in the Olympics by winning the Olympic Qualifying Tournament hosted in Serbia starting on July 4th. Serbia finished 4th at EuroBasket 2015 and will need to be out Angola, Czech Republic, Japan, Latvia, and Puerto Rico to make it to Rio in August.

Pin Top Stagger

In this play, Serbia gets a quick shot look on the left wing from a secondary pin down screen, but when it isn’t there 2 uses a staggered ball-screen at the top of the key from 3 and 5.


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Top Flare PNR

In this set, Serbia starts with a pass to 4 and a quick pass back to 1 as 1 moves from right to left. 4 then flares off of 5 and 5 sets a ball-screen for 1.


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BLOB Corner Handoff

Serbia gets a quick shot in the corner using this inbounds play. 4 screens in for 5 and 2 sets a screen for 3 who cuts to the top of the key for a shot.


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Push Zipper Handoff

1 dribbles up the right sideline pushing 2 into a zipper screen. 1 passes to 5 with perfect timing so that 2 can take a handoff as he cuts off of the zipper screen and around 5.


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In this inbounds play, 2 makes a zipper cut off of 5 to get the ball from 1. 4 moves up to set a ball-screen for 2 just as he catches it. As 2 dribbles left, 4 rolls to the basket and 5 replaces 4 at the top of the key.


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Wes Kosel is an assistant coach for men’s basketball under Head Coach Tom Billeter at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Kosel joined the staff at Augustana after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Colorado College and before that spent time at Texas Lutheran University and Haskell Indian Nations University. Kosel has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Houston. He has coached summer AAU programs, volunteered with elementary and middle school basketball teams, and has worked basketball camps for various programs including the Houston Rockets, USA Basketball, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, Air Force, University of Houston, Texas State, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He also founded his own coaching website,, where he shares plays, drills, and coaching notes.

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