Final Four – Oregon High Post Offense

By Andrew Lacey

Jordan Bell

Oregon is, arguably, the hottest team left in the NCAA tournament. There are many offensive concepts within their offense that make them a balanced team. Coach Dana Altman and his Oregon Ducks use a variation of a 4 out offensive set where at times they will play their post player in the high post area or step out position to open the lane.

When looking at what Oregon will try to do offensively to counter the size advantage of their opponent. It is key to look at some of the concepts they use:

  1. They place a heavy emphasis on ball and player movement.  The ball cannot get stuck in any one area of the floor or stuck with any one player.
  2. Four perimeter spots are interchangeable. This makes their offense a position-less concept a majority of the time.
  3.  When Oregon places their center in the high post area, he generally creates a mismatch with his athletic ability to put pressure on rim off the dribble or they play through him because he is an especially skilled passer.
  4.  Oregon will look to skip the ball to the wings from the slot positions up top.  This creates quick baseline or middle drive opportunities on the perimeter.
  5. To take advantage of bigs that cannot move Oregon uses a variety of ball screen actions.

There is a lot of concepts to discuss, however let’s focus on one concept that could win them the game against UNC’s size. We will look at how they can play out of the high post to create spacing and driving lanes.

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Andrew Lacey

Head Coach at Richard Bland College of William and Mary
Successful head coach at Richard Bland College of William & Mary in Virginia. Coach Lacey has a proven track record running all aspects of a program. Accomplishing 166 wins coaching at the high school level; with a proven ability in developing basketball programs into playoff caliber teams with an emphasis and focus in preparing student-athletes for college-level competition. Coach Lacey guided Varina HS team to the VHSL Class 5 State Title during the 2018 season, along with the 2019 5B Regional Title and 2018 5B Regional Title. He was named VHSL Class 5 State Coach of the Year. An article of his titled "Using Ball Screens in your Motion Offense" was published in Winning Hoops Magazine in September 2015. Coach Lacey is also the founder of Andrew Lacey Basketball and the host of his on podcast called "It Takes What It Takes."
March 25, 2017 – Kansas City, MO, USA – Oregon’s Jordan Bell (1) shoots over Kansas’ Landen Lucas (33) in the first half during the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Region final at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Oregon advanced, 74-60. (Credit Image: � Rich Sugg/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

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