Princeton Offense – Corner Series

Princeton Offense – Corner Series

The Corner Series within the Princeton Offense is initiated from the slot to wing pass. This series is somewhat similar to the Point series in which there will be three options (over, under, and away).


Part 1 – Initial Slot To Wing Pass

Part 1 - Initial Slot To Wing Pass | Princeton Offense - Corner Series

The Corner series starts off with 1 passing to 3 on the wing.

As that action occurs, 4 is cutting to the weak side corner.

1 also cuts to the corner on ball side while 5 comes up high to the strong side elbow.


Part 2 – Corner Away

Part 2 - Corner Away | Princeton Offense - Corner Series

This next part of the action is somewhat similar to Point Away where the initial passer (3) cuts away from the pivot (5).

3 makes a quick pass to 5 and sets a down screen for 1.

For this example, let’s assume 1 is being overplayed so 1 rejects the screen set by 3 and backdoor cuts to the basket.

From this point of reference, 5 makes a quick bounce pass to 1 if that is open.

3 should also pop out back to the wing spot after setting the screen.


Part 3 – Corner Over

Part 3 - Corner Over | Princeton Offense - Corner Series

This next example is somewhat similar to Point Over. The initial passer (3 in this example) goes over the pivot via an on ball screen (or dribble hand off).

Let’s assume 1 was not open on the backdoor cut or 5 did not make the quick bounce pass.

From here, 1 is set up near the right post block.

5 passes out to 3 and follows the pass to set an on ball screen.

Note: 5 can also execute a dribble hand off with 3 or 3 can backdoor cut if overplayed

At the same time on the other side of the floor, 2 comes from the wing extended to the top of the slot to set a down screen for 1.

1 starts the cut towards the top to take the screen.

3 dribbles towards the right slot and passes to 1 for the open shot.

2 pops out to the initial wing position after setting the screen.

4 also cuts in to the left post block for possible offensive rebounding or continuity as shown on the next diagram.


Part 4 – Continuity Option

Part 4 - Continuity Option | Princeton Offense - Corner Series

If 1 was not open for the shot, the action can be ran again as a continuity. However, the pivot position has changed from 5 and is now 4.

1 makes the pass to 2 and cuts to the ball side corner.

Simultaneously, 3 is cutting to the weak side corner.

4 also steps up to the elbow on ball side.

The action continues from there similar to the previous diagrams.


Part 5 – Corner Under

Part 5 - Corner Under | Princeton Offense - Corner Series

This example is somewhat similar to Point Under where the passer goes under the pivot.

First, let’s assume the action begins in the formation like the first diagram. 1 passes to 3 and cuts to the strong side corner. At the same time, 4 cuts to the weak side corner while 5 comes up to the ball side elbow.

From here, the initial passer (3) goes under the pivot (5) and cuts straight to the basket.

At the same time, 1 fills the wing spot vacated by 3.

5 delivers the quick pass for the layup.

If 3 is not open, 3 steps out to the right post block and the action continues with 5 still in possession of the ball.


Part 6 – Reads and Scoring Options

Part 6 - Reads and Scoring Options | Princeton Offense - Corner Series

Next, 5 passes out to 1 and follows that pass to set the on ball screen.

Note : As previously stated, 5 can execute a dribble hand off or 1 can backdoor if the defender overplays.

1 dribbles towards the right side slot while 5 pops out to the right side wing extended.

Simultaneously, 2 is setting a down screen for 3.

3 comes off that screen and goes near the left side slot.

2 goes back to the initial position after setting the screen

1 passes to 3 who can take the open shot.

Also, 4 cuts in near the left post block for possible offensive rebounding or continuity as before.


Part 7 – Continuity Option Restarted

Part 7 - Continuity Option Restarted  | Princeton Offense - Corner Series

As before, the corner continuity can continue. However, this time the pivot position has changed from 5 to 4.

3 passes to 2 on the wing and cuts to ball side corner.

At that is happening, 1 cuts to the weak side corner.

4 also goes to the ball side elbow.

The continuity action keeps going from there as in the previous diagrams.


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