Check out these highly-effective under-the-basket inbounds plays and give your playbook a whole new look this year. The plays offer options for every player on the court and are useful against zone or man-to-man defenses. Follow along to get a breakdown of each play before seeing them carried out live in action on the floor.
Submitted by Steve Smith, Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, VA
The Set-up: Player 2 starts out with the ball on the baseline. Player 4 starts on the near low block. Players 5 and 1 are behind 4, with 1 being at the near elbow area. Player 3 is stacked behind them just beyond the three-point area.
The Play: 4 cuts across the lane to the far side baseline area/corner. 3 staggers hard toward the lane and then 3 curls off a double screen set by 1 and 5. This double screen is set in the middle of the lane. 5 then dives to the basket on a switch. 1 goes to the top of the key for the outlet.
The Finish: If players 3 and 5 are covered, 2 passes to 1 at the top of the key and then curls off the double screen set by 5 and 4, receives the pass and shoots the open jumper. The screens are set on the opposite low block.
Out of Bounds Underneath Play
Submitted by Clem Haskins, former head coach at Minnesota
The Set-up: Player 1 starts out with the ball under the basket and pounds it to start the play. 5 starts out on the low block on the same side as 1. Player 4 starts on the opposite low block, player 2 starts on the near elbow and player 3 starts in the middle free-throw line area.
The Play: 5 breaks to the sideline as the safety valve. Player 2 breaks to the basket and player 3 breaks to the basket but towards the near low block. Meanwhile, the inbounder looks to hit player 2 breaking, player 3 breaking or safety valve 5 in the corner. After inbounding the ball (if there aren’t options inside for a layup), 4 picks for 1 and then 1 curls around to the far elbow.
The Finish: Player 2 then pops out top for the pass from player 5. He then proceeds to hit 1 for the quick elbow jumper.
Three Out-of-Bounds Plays from the Baseline
Submitted by Jim Crews, Army, West Point, NY
The Set-up: Player 3 starts with the ball on the baseline. Players 4 and 5 are stacked on the near low block. Player 1 is at the near elbow and player 2 is at the far elbow.
The Play: Player 1 sets a screen for 2, while 4 and 5 then set a double screen for 2 at the near elbow (where 1 started).
The Finish: Player 5 then goes off of player 4’s screen and 3 has options to inbound the ball to 2 or 5.
The Set-up: 3 starts with the ball on the baseline. Player 1 starts on the near elbow. Players 4 and 5 start on the opposite low block and are stacked. Player 2 is at the opposite elbow.
The Play: Players 4 and 5 set a double screen for 1. Those players will cut across the lane to set the picks. Player 1 then goes around the screen tight on the farside of the ball and heads down the lane toward the far side low block for the layup. Player 5 breaks for the near low block after the screen has been set. 2 then rotates back toward the the top of the key and must meet the pass if it comes his way.
The Set-up: Player 3 starts with the ball on the baseline. Player 2 starts on the near wing but inside the three-point line. Player 4 starts at the near elbow and 5 is in the middle of the lane. Player 1 begins at the opposite elbow.
The Play: Player 3 passes to 2, who then passes to 1 (after 1 rotates to the top of the key). Player 5 sets a screen on the farside low block and players 2 and 4 must set a double screen on the nearside low block.
The Finish: After reading the defense, 3 can break off of 5’s screen or 2 and 4’s screen. 1 then passes to 3 for the shot.
The following clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Over 70 Baseline & Under the Basket Inbounds Plays” produced by Winning Hoops. Check out additional offensive plays in our extensive Winning Hoops library.