(Rental)-Man to Man Set Plays, Ball Screen Offense Reads, & Breakdown Drills
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Jamion Christian, head coach at George Washington University, is known for executing set plays within an aggressive offensive system that dates back to his time at Siena and Mount St. Mary’s. In this open practice video, he shows you a number of those plays and shows you how your players can read the different looks they see from a defense.
Christian won the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year award in 2017 after leading Mount St. Mary’s to a league championship, a conference tournament victory, and a berth in the NCAA tournament. There is something in this video for every coach.
Half of the practice is spent on going through sets that lead into the ball screen offense. Players are taught how to read defenses, where to set screens, how to find open cutters, and various points of attack.
Once the sets have been mastered, the half-court offense is reviewed. A variety of options are covered including attacking the rim and kicking the ball out for three-point attempts. Christian takes the time to reinforce the concepts that he wants his players to learn.
Christian’s players develop a better sense of where shots should come from within the offense through position work. Post players, for example, work on footwork and passing against a defender. They also work on finishing as coaches use pads to make them go against contact.
At the same time, guards work on coming off screens and attacking the paint. They also work on finishing at the rim or kicking the ball back out to a perimeter shooter.
The practice concludes with a defensive segment where Coach Christian breaks down actions his team will see from upcoming opponents. Christian gets into how they will defend certain actions like pin down screens. All coaches and managers are utilized as defenders learn to limit opponent’s visibility and their ability to swing the ball from one side of the floor to the other.
This video is worth it just for the set plays alone, but there is so much more that any coach can take away from this practice video.