Circle Counters – Over & Floppy

Circle Counters – Over & Floppy

Counters known as Over and Floppy for the Circle series within the Princeton Offense that create scoring opportunities via backdoor cuts or open jump shots.


Over Part 1 – Initial Set Up

Over Part 1 - Initial Set Up | Princeton Offense - Circle Counters - Over and Floppy

Circle Over looks to create potential scoring options via a backdoor cut or an open jump shot.

5 starts the action by flashing up to the top of the key near the middle of the slots.

Next, 1 makes a quick bounce pass to 5 and cuts through to the left side post block.


Over Part 2 – Backdoor Cut Option

Over Part 2 - Backdoor Cut Option | Princeton Offense - Circle Counters - Over and Floppy

As 5 has the basketball, 4 cuts over the top and goes to set a screen for 3.

3 moves towards the screener and quickly makes a backdoor cut to the basket.

Also, 4 fills and replaces 3’s previous position on the wing.

The first option is for 5 to pass the ball to 3 for a layup.

If 3 does not get the pass, 3 cuts out to the right low post block.


Over Part 3 – Double Down Screens

Over Part 3 - Double Down Screens | Princeton Offense - Circle Counters - Over and Floppy

In the next part of the action, 3 flashes to the right elbow.

From there, 5 makes a quick bounce pass to 3.

After making the pass, 4 makes a quick backdoor cut to the rim.

Also, at the same time on the other side, 2 and 5 set double down screens for 1.

1 comes off the screens and moves near the left slot by the top of the key.

At this point, 3 has a couple of scoring options available.

The first option is for 3 to pass to 4 who cut to the basket.

The second option is for 3 to pass to 1 who could be open for a potential jump shot.


Over Part 4 – Transition into Low Series

Over Part 4 - Transition into Low Series | Princeton Offense - Circle Counters - Over and Floppy

Here is an example of the offense transitioning into the Low series.

3 passes the ball to 1 who does not have the open shot.

When that happens, 2 moves out to the left wing free throw line extended area while 5 moves to the left post block.

Also, at the same time, 4 cuts out to the right wing free throw line extended area and 3 fills the right slot.


Over Part 5 – Low Post Feed

Over Part 5 - Low Post Feed | Princeton Offense - Circle Counters - Over and Floppy

Now, the action has shifted to the Low series.

1 passes to 2 who then passes to 5.

5 looks to score via low post moves.

It is also possible to transition into something like the Sweep Series too.


Floppy Part 1 – Initial Set Up

Over Part 1 - Initial Set Up | Princeton Offense - Circle Counters - Over and Floppy

This is a good counter option out of Circle to get a possible open shot for the team’s best shooter.

The Circle action starts as normal.

5 flashes to the middle from the right post block.

1 makes the entry pass to 5.

After making the pass, 1 cuts underneath the basket.


Floppy Part 2 – Option A

Over Part 2 - Option A | Princeton Offense - Circle Counters - Over and Floppy

As soon as 1 is in position, 2 and 4 set stagger screens on the left side.

At the same time, 3 sets a single screen on the other side.

1 has the option of coming off the single screen or the double screen.

For this example, 1 goes off the single screen.

As that happens, 2 comes off the screen of 4 in screen the screener action.

5 has the option of passing to 1 or 2 depending on offensive philosophy.


Floppy Part 3 – Option B

Over Part 3 - Option B | Princeton Offense - Circle Counters - Over and Floppy

Here is another example where 1 comes off the double screen.

When that happens, 2 cuts through and takes the single screen set by 3.

5 has the same options as before.

5 can pass to 1 or 2 for the open shot.


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