Princeton Offense – Chin Counter – 5 Up

Princeton Offense – Chin Counter – 5 Up

5 Up is a Chin counter that is a part of the Up series within the Princeton offense. This action is good against teams that like to take away the backdoor cuts by using defenders (in this case X5) that sag in the lane near the rim.


Part 1 – Ball Reversal and Initial Backdoor Cut

Part 1 - Ball Reversal and Initial Backdoor Cut | Princeton Offense - Chin Counter - 5 Up

For this example, X5 is sagging in the lane to prevent a score via the backdoor cut from 1.

The ball is reversed from 1 to 4 and from 4 to 2 on the wing as normal.

As 2 receives the ball, 5 comes up to set the back screen for 1.

1 comes off the screen and cuts to the ball side corner.


Part 2 – Down Screen and Scoring Options

Part 2 - Down Screen and Scoring Options | Princeton Offense - Chin Counter - 5 Up

From this point, 4 goes to set a down screen on the X5, the defender in the lane.

4 also cuts out of the lane to the weak side corner after setting the down screen.

5 comes up to the top of the key looking for the pass from 2.

2 passes the ball to 5 who can take the shot if open or drive strong to the basket.

If 5 is not open or is beyond shooting range, the action can transition into the 5 out series.


Part 3 – Transition into 5 Out

Part 3 - Transition Into 5 Out | Princeton Offense - Chin Counter - 5 Up

Here is a quick example of 5 out action.

5 dribbles towards the empty right slot.

This triggers 3 to make a backdoor cut to the basket.

At the same time, as 3 makes the cut, 4 is replacing the right side wing position vacated by 3.

If 3 is open on the cut, 5 makes a quick bounce pass to 3 who scores at the rim.

If 3 is not open, 3 steps out of the lane and goes to the right side post block.

The action continues in the next diagram.


Part 4 – Transition from 5 Out into Low

Part 4 - Transition From 5 Out Into Low | Princeton Offense - Chin Counter - 5 Up

From here, 5 passes to 4 on the wing.

Next, 3 comes out of the post to set a UCLA screen for 5.

5 comes off the screen and goes to the post block.

Also, after setting the UCLA screen, 3 pops out to the vacant right slot.

Simultaneously, on the other side of the floor, 2 fills up to the left slot and 1 replaces the wing spot vacated by 2.

Now, the offense has basically transitioned into Low.

4 can look to pass inside to 5 for low post scoring opportunities.


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