Horns Offense – Strong Side Cut – Basic Options

Horns Offense – Strong Side Cut – Basic Options

Basic options to create scoring opportunities via a strong side cut when executing the Horns Offense.


Option 1 – Defense Goes Under

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The ball is passed from the point guard (1) into the high post (4).

After making the pass, 1 makes a strong side cut to set a down screen for the shooter (2).

The shooter comes off the screen near the foul line extended.

For this particular option, the defender is playing bad defense and tries to go under the down screen set by 1.

The high post (4) passes the ball to the shooter (2) who takes the open jump shot.


Option 2 – Defense Cheats Up

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The ball is passed from the point guard (1) into the high post (4).

The point guard (1) sets the strong side wide pin down screen for the shooter (2).

In this example, the defender attempts to cheat over the top of the screen to beat the shooter (2) to the spot.

As that occurs, 2 reads the defender and cuts backdoor toward the basket while the point guard (1) pops out to left wing area.

The high post (4) makes a pass right outside of the lane line to 2 who scores the layup.

Note : It is important for the high post passer to make the pass outside of the lane line to give the shooter enough time to gather to make the layup.


Option 3 – Dribble Hand Off (DHO) & Scoring Options

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Continuing from option 2, if the pass is not open for the shooter near the basket, the high post (4) executes dribble hand off with the point guard (1).

1 dribbles towards the middle of the floor and as that happens, the weak side high post (5) sets a wide pin down screen for the opposite shooter (3).

Additionally, the shooter (2) fills the right side deep corner.

Depending on the defense, the point guard can shoot an open jump shot (or layup) or kick the ball out to the open shooter (3).

Also, for this example, I had 5 slip the pin down screen and roll to the basket while 4 pops out to replace the point guard’s previous position on the left side perimeter.

However, you can add your own wrinkles depending on your team.


Option 4 – Curl & Pop : Part 1

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Another basic option is the curl and pop action.

The point guard (1) passes into the high post (4).

1 sets the down screen for the shooter (2) who curls around the screen and cuts to the basket.

At the same time, the point guard (1) pops out to the left wing perimeter near the foul line extended.

The high post (4) can pass the ball to 2 who can take the open layup.


Option 4 – Curl & Pop : Part 2

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If the scoring option is not available for 2, the action is similar to option 3.

The high post (4) executes dribble hand off once again with the point guard (1).

As 1 receives the ball, the other high post (5) sets the wide pin down screen for 3.

3 comes off the screen and spots up behind the three point line near the right side foul line extended.

From here, there are similar scoring options as before. However, this time, I had 4 roll to the basket while 5 goes to the right low post block.

As I said before, you can add your own wrinkles depending on what is best for your team.


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