Plays of the Week – Tom Crean Indiana SLOBs

By Wes Kosel

Tom Crean

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This week we look at five sideline out-of-bounds plays from Indiana Hoosiers Head Coach Tom Crean. Crean has always had great X’s & X’s and offensive schemes. These plays show the variety of attacks that Crean uses offensively.


SLOB to Horns Twist

Horns Twist

The Hoosiers use a “twist” action with two ball screens set for the point guard.

SLOB Pin Motion

Pin Motion

Crean uses a variety of down screen / cross screen actions to make the defense move. This play also uses up quite a bit of time.

SLOB Orlando Quick

Orlando Quick

This quick hitter gets an open shot on the wing, but the guard coming off of the “Orlando” action could also look to score off of the ball screen.

SLOB Empty Post Up

Empty Post

This misdirection play is used to get the ball to 5 posting up inside. The ball screen at the top of the key could also be a great pick and pop opportunity.

SLOB Knicks Repeat

Knicks Repeat

This two-man action has the five man set repeat step up ball screens for the point guard. The repeat action can allow the players to get a feel for how the defense is going to guard the ball screen.

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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.
March 11, 2016 – Indianapolis, IN. U.S. – Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean watches the action in the second half with Indiana Hoosiers forward Max Bielfeldt #0 during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference mens basketball tournament between Indiana and Michigan at the Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN…Michigan 72, Indiana 69.Mark Davis/Cal Sport Media(Credit Image: © Mark Davis/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

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