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Key Concepts and Strategies for the Spread Pick and Roll Offense

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan is one of the game’s top visionaries when it comes to the pick & roll offense. The concept was in place when a Donovan-led Florida program won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007 and has proven to be quite effective at the high school, college, and professional levels.

Watch as Coach Donovan discusses the overall background, key concepts and important techniques to the offense, including the flat pick & roll (which offers multiple opportunities to score in a half-court setting). Plus, catch a breakdown of the offense and plays in action 5-on-5 and see what you can take away from this exclusive look with one of the game’s most respected coaches.

Pick & Roll Concepts

Some of the hardest things to guard in the game of basketball are ball screens and pick and roll action. At Florida, Coach Donovan has featured a few big guys that are quite talented and can catch and pass with the best of them. Any time that you are running pick and roll action, it’s key to have a big guy that can pass, catch and also step back and shoot three-pointers. Under this concept, the big guys need to roll to the basket or roll toward the baseline where they can hit that 15-foot jumper or create something off the dribble.

Everything done here is also based out of spacing and trying to take advantage of the way our pick & rolls are being guarded. For the offensive breakdown, Coach Donovan likes to work backwards and first runs through three main ways that the pick & rolls can be defended:

1) You’ll get a hard show or trap

2) You’ll get a switch

3) The opposition will back off or go under the screen to keep the ball out of the lane.

Once you go through a bunch of pick and rolls through the game, you’ll get a good feel for how they are being defended. Therefore, you need actions in your pick and rolls to take advantage of how the opposition is playing them.


Flat Pick and Roll

First, we want the floor to be extremely spaced. Next, we want the wings to go down to the dead corner to start out. The screener starts off above the three-point line and angles his body with the pick. Players will then move based on when the screener moves off.

The first screen is a ball screen between the top of the key and mid-court. We will take the screener and turn him facing the opposite basket. How far he comes out is based on where and how the point guard is being defended. He’s got to give the guy with the ball one step so he can make a move. Note: This is perfect for teams who have their best player as the PG and he’s getting constantly pressured and hounded. It’s also a great way to relieve pressure so he can go off either way.

So in review, the screener comes up and makes a back screen for the point guard. Once this happens, the PG has the entire floor to work with now.

The goal here is to get two guys on the ball as much as possible. If this happens, our PG has done this job. Now, we are looking to play four against their three in this situation.

Next, there’s a drive down the lane and the option for a pitch out for the three. The guy on the baseline also must make a read. It’s his job to get open. Also, if a player gets the ball to the middle of the floor or paint area, his done his job. That’s the last place the defense wants the ball. So if your player gets in the middle, all other players must work to get open.

Meanwhile, if the ball gets to the man in the corner, there is the opportunity for an immediate post up. We can now throw the ball up top and get right back in it as well. Remember, the screen starts at the FT line. Move and get open and make the game easy for each other.


Pick and Roll in Action

Watch players running the offense now as Coach Donovan provides some key tips along the way. Players should drive the ball down the lane right away. Someone will top you but the game is easier now that you’re in the paint. Drive the ball down the middle and then make a play.

It’s key that players don’t always pass directly into the corner on the 4-on-3. Get the ball into the middle of the paint every time. Meanwhile, off-ball players must read the play and get open.

For the screener, right when you set the screen up top, roll towards the basket and not backwards (where you’ll be a non-threat). The screener must get back into the play quickly after the screen. Also, the PG must make effective use of the screen by rubbing right off his man.


The clips above can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Billy Donovan: The Spread Pick & Roll Offense.” To check out additional videos featuring Coach Donovan, click here.

Donovan and Hewitt to Coach U19 USA Basketball Team

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Billy Donovan and Paul Hewitt will serve as coaches for the U19 USA basketball team that will compete in the 2011 FIBA World Championships in Latvia. Championship Productions would like to congratulate coach Donovan and coach Hewitt on this outstanding opportunity. They will have the privilege of working closely with 21 of the best players from around the country that are competing for 12  roster spots. The 2011 FIBA World Championships will take place from June 30 to July 10. Championship Productions would like to wish coach Donovan, coach Hewitt and the U19 USA basketball team the best of luck in the 2011 FIBA World Championships. We are proud to have teamed up with these outstanding coaches on multiple instructional DVDs. To check out these outstanding videos click on the following links:

Billy Donovan Instructional DVDs

Paul Hewitt Instructional DVDs



Learn From the 2011 Men’s NCAA Elite Eight Coaches!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Saturday, March 26, 2011

Championship Productions would like to congratulate all the teams who made it to the Elite Eight for the 2011 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament! Championship Productions is proud to say it has partnered with many of the 2011 Men’s NCAA Elite Eight Coaches on various basketball DVD projects.  Learn the systems, tips, techniques, and drills that these outstanding coaches implemented within their programs…taking them to the top!

1 seed- Kansas Jayhawks (Bill Self)
2 seed- North Carolina Tar Heels (Roy Williams)
2 seed- Florida Gators (Billy Donovan)
3 seed- Connecticut Huskies (Jim Calhoun)
4 seed- Kentucky Wildcats (John Calipari)
5 seed- Arizona Wildcats (Sean Miller)
8 seed- Butler Bulldogs (Brad Stevens)

2010 “Legends of Coaching Award” Goes to Billy Donovan

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

LOS ANGELES (October 14, 2009) – University of Florida Head Basketball Coach Billy Donovan will be honored with the John R. Wooden Award’s “Legends of Coaching Award” in 2010, Wooden Award Chairman Duke Llewellyn announced today.

Coach Donovan will be recognized, along with the men’s and women’s 2010 Wooden Award winners and the Wooden Award All-American teams, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in April of 2010. The “Legends of Coaching Award” was adopted by the Wooden Award Committee in 1999.  The first recipient was Dean Smith of North Carolina. The award recognizes the achievement of coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden’s high standards of coaching success and personal integrity. The honorees are selected based on character, success on the court, graduation rates of student-athletes in their basketball program, coaching philosophy, and identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award.

Coach Donovan has compiled a career record of 310-126 (.732) in 13 seasons at Florida and has recorded 11 straight 20-win seasons with nine NCAA Tournament appearances. He led the 2006 and 2007 Gators to back-to-back NCAA titles, the first school in 15 years to do so. In 2006 the Gators won a then-school-record 33 games, including the final 11 of the season, winning the SEC and NCAA Tournament titles. The 2007 Gators immediately bested that mark, winning a school-record 35 games and another NCAA Championship.

Donovan is one of only four active coaches to have guided teams to multiple NCAA titles; the other three, Mike Krzyzweski (3), Roy Williams (2) and Jim Calhoun (2), are previous Legends of Coaching honorees. Donovan and Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp are the only SEC coaches to have won multiple titles.

In a 15-year head coaching career that includes two seasons at Marshall, Donovan’s overall career record stands at 345-146 (.703). Donovan played four seasons at Providence College (1983-87), where he was a two-time All-Big East selection, and spent one year with the New York Knicks (1987-88) before beginning his coaching career. He was inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame in 1999. The 44-year-old Donovan is the youngest recipient of the Wooden Award “Legends of Coaching” honor.


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