Point Counters – Vader & Utah

Point Counters – Vader & Utah

Point Counters within the Princeton Offense that create open shots or scoring opportunities via screen the screener action and backdoor cuts.


Vader Part 1 – Initial Set Up

Vader Part 1 - Initial Set Up | Princeton Offense - Point Counters : Vader & Utah

The action starts similar to Point Over but there will be a counter action to create an open jump shot when the defense attempts to take away the initial backdoor cut.

1 signals for 4 to go through to the right side corner.

After 4 begins the cut, 5 makes a cut across the lane to the opposite block and then establishes position near the left elbow high post.

As that is happening, 2 moves into the deep left corner.


Vader Part 2 – Reads and Pass Options

Vader Part 2 - Reads and Pass Options | Princeton Offense - Point Counters : Vader & Utah

From here, 1 dribbles towards the left slot and enters the ball into the high post for 5.

As that happens, 3 steps into the right slot while 4 steps into the spot previously held by 3.

Next, 1 goes to set a down screen for 2.

2 goes towards 1 but rejects the screen and makes a backdoor cut to the basket.

At the same time, 1 pops out and fills the left wing area near the free throw line extended.

5 makes the pass to 2 for the layup.

If 2 is not open, 5 kicks the ball out to 1 while 2 continues through to the opposite side post block.


Vader Part 3 – Elevator Screen

Vader Part 3 - Elevator Screen | Princeton Offense - Point Counters : Vader & Utah

In the next part of the action, 3 and 5 goes down near the free throw area to set an elevator screen for 2.

2 goes in between the gap of the two screeners towards the top of the key.

After 2 has cut through the gap, the two screeners will come shoulder to shoulder to close the elevator.

1 reverses the ball up top to 2 who takes the open shot.


Utah – Part 1 – Initial Backdoor Cut

Utah - Part 1 | Princeton Offense - Point Counters : Vader & Utah

This is another counter option that can be ran to create scoring options. It also involves screen the screener action.

As 5 has the ball in the high post, 2 goes to set the back screen for 3.

3 comes off the screen and cuts to the basket.

(3 has the option of cutting over or under the screen depending on the defense.)

5 passes to 3 for the layup if open.

If 3 is not open, 3 continues the cut to the ball side deep corner.

5 kicks the ball out to 1.


Utah – Part 2 – Curl Option

Utah Part 2 | Princeton Offense - Point Counters : Vader & Utah

After making the pass to 1, 5 sets a cross screen near the nail for 2.

For this example, 2 curls around the screen and cuts to the basket.

1 passes inside to 2 for the layup.


Utah – Part 3 – Screen Rejection

Utah Part 3 | Princeton Offense - Point Counters : Vader & Utah

Here is another example where the defense knows the cross screen is coming.

5 goes to set the cross screen for 2 as in the previous diagram.

However, 2’s defender anticipates the screen and goes high to prevent the curl action.

In that case, 2 rejects the screen and makes a backdoor cut to the basket.

1 passes to 2 inside for the quick basket.


Utah – Part 4 – Down Screen Option

Utah Part 4 | Princeton Offense - Point Counters : Vader & Utah

Here is yet another example where 2 set up the screening action a little bit lower near the mid post.

This action can also flow back into the Point Over series which will take place on the opposite side of the floor.

5 goes to set a diagonal down screen for 2 across the lane.

2 comes off the screen and comes to the top of the key.

1 reverses the ball to 2 at the top.

2 takes the open shot.


Utah – Part 5 – Point Over Re-initiated

Utah Part 5 | Princeton Offense - Point Counters : Vader & Utah

If 2 was not open, 2 can pass into the high post to restart the Point Over action.

After making the high post entry pass, 2 cuts over to set the screen for 4.

At the same time, 1 and 3 are filling up to the left slot and wing respectively.

4 comes off the screen and cuts to the basket.

5 can pass the ball to 4 on the cut or continue the Point Over action.


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Learn more about other good Point counter actions from Princeton Offense 2.0 – Reads, Counters, and Set Plays.


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