[Princeton Offense] Point (Over, Under, and Away)

[Princeton Offense] Point (Over, Under, and Away)

The Point series contains three options that can be ran based on the point guard’s movement from the slot.

  • If the point guard goes over the pivot towards the player in the strong side corner, this triggers the Over option
  • If the point guard goes under the pivot towards the basket, this triggers the Under option
  • If the point guard goes away from the pivot towards weak side wing, this triggers the Away option

Point : Over – Part 1

Point Over - Part 1

As 1 begins the dribble up the court, 1 signals for 2 to go through.

Next, 2 leaves the slot and cuts by the parallel elbow (left side in this case) towards the opposite corner.

This ball movement also triggers 5 to cut across the lane to the opposite block and then set up on the left elbow.

At the same time, 4 moves into the deep left corner.


Point : Over – Part 2

Point Over - Part 2

1 begins the dribble towards 5 to get a good passing angle and throws a nice bounce pass to 5.

As that action occurs, 3 fills the right slot previously held by 1. Also, 2 fills the right wing free throw line extended area previously held by 3.

With the ball now in the hands of 5, 1 cuts over the top of the pivot player (5) to set a down screen for 4.

(1 sets the screen close to the free throw line extended area)

4 takes a couple of steps towards the screen but rejects the screen and cuts hard to the basket.

If 4 is open, 5 makes a nice bounce pass to 4 for the layup near the rim.

If the layup is not available, 4 continues the cut to the right post block.

From there, 5 kicks the ball out to 1 who popped out on the left wing after setting the fake down screen.


Point : Over – Part 3

Point Over - Part 3

After passing to 1, 5 follows the pass to set an on ball screen.

Simultaneously, 3 proceeds to set a down screen for 4 near the painted area.

1 comes off the screen looking for the shot if the defender goes under the screen.

If the shot is not there, 1 reverses the ball to the 4 who comes off the screen set by 3 to the top of the key.

4 can shoot the open shot if that is available or pass inside to 5 who rolled to the basket after setting the on ball screen.


Point : Under – Part 1

Point Under - Part 1

The initial set up is the same as Over. 2 moves to the deep corner on the right side. 5 moves to the left elbow.


Point : Under – Part 2

Point Under - Part 2

1 dribbles towards the left slot and makes the bounce pass to 5.

Next, 1 cuts under the pivot towards the basket.

This triggers 4 to set a baseline screen for 1.

5 can make the quick bounce pass to 1 for the quick layup if that is available.

If that is not there, 1 comes off the screen set by 4 and continues to the free throw line extended area on the left side.

4 also posts up near the block after setting the screen.

5 passes to 1 who can take the open three point shot if open.


Point : Under – Part 3

Point Under - Part 3

If the shot for 1 is not available, 4 comes out of the low post to set a quick back screen for 5.

5 comes off the back screen and cuts hard to the basket.

1 looks to pass to 5 for the layup.

If the layup is not available, 5 continues the cut out to the weak side post block.

At the same time, 3 moves into the right side empty slot and 2 fills the wing vacated by 3.

Also, after setting the back screen, 4 fills the left slot position.


Point : Under – Part 4

Point Under - Part 4

Next, 1 will dribble at 4.

This triggers 4 to attempt a backdoor cut at the rim.

If 4 is open, 1 makes a bounce pass for the layup.

If 4 is not open, 1 continues the dribble to the unoccupied left slot.

As that is happening, 4 will cut out the strong side corner and then fill the wing previously held by 1.

From here, the action will segue into the Chin series with some minor differences (no ball reversal to opposite which typically triggers the action).


Point : Under – Part 5

Point Under - Part 5

1 passes the ball 4 and on that pass, 5 comes out of the low post to set a back screen for 3.

3 cuts off of the screen looking for the pass from 4.

4 passes the ball inside to 3 for the layup.

If the layup is not there, 3 cuts out to the strong side deep corner.


Point : Under – Part 6

Point Under - Part 6

Next, 5 sets a flare screen for 1.

1 comes off that screen cutting to the basket.

4 passes to 1 for the layup if that is available.

If 1 is not open, 1 cuts out to the weak side corner.


Point : Under – Part 7

Point Under - Part 7

5 moves back to the elbow on ball side after setting the flare screen.

At the same time, 4 dribbles up to the left slot, 3 replaces 4, 2 fills the right slot, and 1 replaces 2.


Point : Under – Part 8

Point Under - Part 8

From here, the Chin continuity can start again.

4 reverses the ball to 2 and 2 reverses to 1.

4 cuts off the back screen of 5 towards the rim.

1 passes to 4 for the layup or 4 cuts out to the strong side corner.

The action continues from there as before.


Point : Away – Part 1

Point Away - Part 1

The action starts as always with 2 going through to the corner and 5 moving to the elbow.


Point : Away – Part 2

Point Away - Part 2

1 dribbles to the left slot and makes the bounce pass to 5.

After making the pass, 1 cuts away to set a fake flare screen for 3.

(Note: 1 should set the screen parallel to the elbow in order to give space for the potential drive)

3 takes a couple of steps towards the fake flare screen and cuts hard towards the basket.

As that action is happening, 4 cuts in to set a screen near the baseline for 3.

5 can hit 3 for the quick layup on the basket cut if that is open.

If that is not open, 3 comes off the baseline screen set by 4 to the opposite wing.


Point : Away – Part 3

Point Away - Part 3

Since 3 was not open for the layup, 5 passes back to 1.

Next, 5 follows the pass to set a screen for 1.

If the defender cuts off the screen, 1 drives to the basket for the layup or kicks the ball out to 2 for the three point shot.


Point : Away – Part 4

Point Away - Part 4

If the drive is not available (the defender plays straight up), 1 dribbles to the opposite slot by taking the on ball screen set by 5.

At the same time, 5 moves to the opposite elbow and 4 cuts out to the strong side corner.

1 reverses the ball to 3.


Point : Away – Part 5

Point Away - Part 5

After 3 receives the ball, 5 steps out from the elbow to set a flare screen for 1.

1 comes off the flare screen set by 5 and cuts toward the basket.

3 makes the pass to 1 if that is open.

If the pass is not available, 1 cuts out to the weak side corner.

At the same time, 2 fills the right side wing area.

5 also slides back into the elbow spot on ball side.


Point : Away – Part 6

Point Away - Part 6

From here, the Chin series is triggered by having 3 dribble to the left slot.

As 3 is dribbling to the slot, 4 replaces the spot previously occupied by 3.

On the other side of the court, 2 cuts to the unoccupied right slot while 1 fills the right side wing previously held by 2.


Point : Away – Part 7

Point Away - Part 7

3 reverses to 2 and 2 reverses again to 1.

3 comes off a back screen set by 5.

1 passes inside to 3 for the layup if that action is available.

The Chin series continues from there similar to previous diagrams.


These actions come from the informative DVD, Winning with the Princeton Style Offense by Coach Lee DeForest. Also, if you click the link and buy anything from the site, I’ll receive a small commission.

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