(Rental)-Transition Into the 4 Out 1 In Motion Offense
Transition Into the 4-Out 1-In Motion Offense
University of Cincinnati head coach John Brannen has built all of his teams’ identities on playing fast on offense and having a constant attack mentality. Brannen led Northern Kentucky to the NCAA tournament in the school’s first year of eligibility. Now at Cincinnati, Brannen uses the same pace and space concepts that have produced a ton of wins.
In this video, Coach Brannen shows you how to build an aggressive, fast-paced transition offense. It all starts on the defensive end.
At the core of what Brannen believes on offense is a simple three-word mantra: Sprint, Space, and Share. Teams have to embrace playing fast in transition and in the half-court offense. Anytime a player is in doubt, all he has to remember is sprint the floor, space properly, and share the basketball.
Brannen uses metrics for certain drills and in games to help improve transition decisions and success. He shows you how a few key stats can help improve shot selection. He also goes through which players have the “license” to shoot three-pointers in games.
The whole idea is to mold the transition offense so that players better understand their roles in it. Doing so will help everyone be more successful in transition.
Setting Up Transition Offense
On a missed shot, the ball can only be brought up the floor by what Brannen calls “bust out guys.” These are players with a certain assist-to-turnover ratio. Any player not designated a bust out guy must outlet the ball to someone who is to bring the ball up the floor in transition.
Brannen’s fast break isn’t numbered either like traditional breaks. Each spot must be filled though and players learn each of the spots to be filled. To teach transition, Coach Brannen uses the Coach Izzo Break Drill. This works on sprinting up the sideline and getting layups, post-ups, and three-point shots in transition.
Building the Offense
The foundation of the offense begins with half-court penetrate and pitch drills, which come from former Oklahoma City head coach Billy Donovan. The drills are designed to attack the paint and kick the ball out for open three-pointers.
With proper spacing and movement, the offense begins to heat up. From there Coach Brannen continues to build out a fast-paced motion offense that runs smoothly even after the transition attack has ended.