The High Post Offense provides a nice spread of players on offense and the Up Screen into On-Ball Play is no exception to this theme. This High Post Offense has a positive effect of swinging the ball from one side of the floor to the other and then back again. This will prove to be very challenging for the defensive players who will be forced to adjust multiple times just by the movement of the ball. Throw into the mix the rapid movements and screening action of this High Post Offense and defenders will be pushed indeed to keep up with what is happening to their player and the ball as well.
The High Post Offense Up Screen into On-Ball Play starts in an overloaded 3 Out and 2 In formation. The overload helps pull the defensive players to one side of the floor that has the beneficial effect later on in the play of forcing certain help defenders to become isolated.
This High Post Offense is started by Five (5) sitting on the front of the basket from Transition then flashing to the strong side double block. This will allow for One (1) or Two (2) to make the post entry pass.
One (1) pushes the ball down the sideline to Two (2).
Upon Two (2) receiving this pass, Five (5) flashes to the Pinch Post position on the weak side of the keyway.
Four (4) lifts from within the three-point line to the strong side elbow extended.
- Five (5) on front of the basket and then again at the strong side double block
- High/Low Action between Four (4) and Five (5) following pass to either Five (5) or Four (4) from One (1)
- One (1) on cut to basket
Two (2) dribbles the ball up the sideline to shorten the distance for the pass to Four (4).
Four (4) receives the pass and then reverses the ball onto Five (5).
One (1) then lifts to set an up screen for Four (4) following the players ball reversal.
Four (4) creates a lead the then cuts weak side of the screen.
If Four (4) is denied the pass, then Four (4) will execute a catch fake and then backdoor cut to the basket. One (1) following the screening action will then pop to receive the pass from Two (2).
- Four (4) off of cut to the basket
If Five (5) receives the pass from Four (4) then the primary scoring is for Four (4) following the screening action. However, Three (3) can also attempt to lift up the sideline and look to backdoor cut if overplayed by their defender.
Five (5) reverses the ball back to One (1).
The position is very important for this phase of the High Post Offense Play. Once One’s (1) screen has been completed this player will need to flare to be over to the weak side edge of the middle lane. This is because once the on-ball screen is set and the player is attacking off the dribble the ball handler will want to be able to turn into the keyway once the shoulder of the screener is cleared. This will ensure the shortest possible distance to the basket and limit the opportunity for recovery by the defensive player.
Five (5) then moves to set the on-ball screen for One (1).
If the pass back to One (1) is not possible, Five can perform a hand-off with three (3) on the sideline.
Four (4) moves to a few feet beyond the short corner.
One (1) uses the on-ball screen and attacks the basket. As with most scenarios in elite basketball One (1) is looking to enter the keyway, but not necessarily score through a lay-up. A pull-up jump shot maybe the best opportunity to score from.
Three (3) has an opportunity to make a decision in this phase of the High Post Offense Play. If three’s (3) defender is marking them tightly then they can lift up the three-point line and draw the player away from where the scoring opportunity lies for the ball handler.
If the defender is hedging and looking to help on the drive then Three (3) can backdoor cut and look to be a passing option for One (1).