As with any Pick and Roll Offense, the focus is on creating mismatches through on-ball screens. The Pick and Roll Offense, High Screen with Ball Reversal Play is no different. An initial high on-ball screen is used as an opportunity to gain a quick scoring opportunity with prospects developed behind the screen for a ball reversal and further scoring options to follow.
The Pick and Roll Offense, High Screen with Ball Reversal Play is good to use with the spread of the court in transition or as a walk-up set.
The first read is from an on-ball screen action. This is the primary option in the offense and should be seen by the players as a scoring action first and foremost. If the Play does not move through the ball reversal then that is fine and only demonstrates the efficiency and effectiveness of the team’s execution.
One (1) dribbles over the screen set by Five (5) in the high post position.
One (1) seeks to turn the corner off of the screen for the shot or assist pass.
Four (4) moves around the keyway looking for interior pass.
If One (1) is doubled, defence shows or traps then the following options can be performed:
- Pass to screener (Five) who pops
- Pass to Two (2) following the down screen
- One (1) off of on-ball screen
- Four (4) following pass into post or if player moves to help defend One (1) following on-ball screen
- Five (5) on pop
- Two (2) on lift up sideline
- Three (3) for perimeter shot or pass into Four (4)
If Five (5) pops and receives the ball reversal from One (1) then there are a number of options to choose from. These include:
- Drive to the basket; one dribble two steps to the basket
- Assist pass to Four (4) off of the drive by Five (5)
- Perimeter shot (if within player shooting range)
- Dribble hand-off with Two (2) or One (1)
If the hand-off is executed between Five (5) and Two (2) then as this action is happening Four (4) will up screen for One (1) who cuts to the basket.
If the reversal pass is made to Two (2) following the down screen from Five (5) then the follow variation happens.
Five (5) moves into the strong side low post initially to set a screen, but this can be done while executing a deep seal on the basket.
Three (3) runs the baseline to the strong side long corner.
Four (4) lifts to the high post position on the split line.
Following the reversal pass, One (1) dives to the weak side double block extended.
- Pass to Five (5) on deep seal
- Pass to Four (4) for High/Low set-up with Five (5)
- Drive by Two (2); this will very rarely result in a lay-up so the dribbler must practice shooting from close range on the edge of the keyway
- Three (3) off of baseline cut
- Assists off of the drive can be made to Five (5), Four (4) and One (1) depending on the movements of the various defensive players
It cannot be stressed enough that the Pick and Roll Offense within this plays is the primary scoring option. Once taught in full, players will often look to execute the additional movements while not looking to score out of this first action. This is clearly not what the High Screen with Ball Reversal Play was intended for.