Princeton Offense: Low Post Options and Keys to Success

Back in October and November, we ran through the basics of the Princeton Offense, highlighted a common formation called “Chin“, and then detailed the 5 Out formation. This week, with coach Lee DeForest as your guide, we’re going to build off of those previous concepts and focus on low post options and other keys to success. After putting all of these effective sets together, you’ll be equipped with many different plays in order to give your opponents fits all season long.

Princeton Offense – “LOW”

While Low is a high post offense, it’s dedicated towards getting the ball into the low post. That’s its strength. After you’ve made your initial cuts for a while (such as chest and chin), look to throw it to the forward (but no dribble weave) with a guard to forward pass on the same side as the pivot.

After the pass, the guard will cut through to the elbow under the rim and to the opposite weakside corner. You end up with the ball on the wing and will now try to post up as hard as you can and get the ball inside. If the ball doesn’t get inside, you can dribble up, the guard makes a backdoor cut, and he fills the dribbling forward’s spot. From there, the forward dribbles up to the slot area. The key with the offense is to flow from one set to the next without calling out a new set every time.

Note: You must pay attention and read the basketball. This tells you where to go and what to do. Eventually, you can get back into the Chin series.


More Low Post Options

First, you can make a good entry pass into the low post. As soon as that happens, look to dive the top guard down the middle of the floor.

Next, you can have the post player dribble up a bit towards the elbow and the high guard can go backdoor.

Meanwhile, if you have shooters, the passer can come up and screen the elbow and you can get a high post split. Also, the passer can screen in at the elbow and you can look for the top guard to come around to the wing for a shot. Another option is that after the screen, the forward can cut straight to the basket.

Finally, if the pivot is posting way up the lane, pass it in and make a Laker cut. With this, the forward cuts hard baseline looking for a return pass. If he doesn’t have a play, you can then just fill spots.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Winning with the Princeton Style Offense.” Check out more videos focusing on effective basketball offensive systems by visiting our extensive library.

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