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.
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.
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.