Winning With the Princeton Offense – Summary

Winning With the Princeton Offense – Summary

A summary of the key points from Winning With the Princeton Style Offense by Lee DeForest.



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  • Overview
    • Winning with the Princeton Style Offense covers several sets that can be used with the Princeton Offense. These sets are called Chin, 5 Out, Low, Point, Reverse, and Circle.The resource also contains a few drills that can be implemented to help teach players the proper ways to pass and cut when executing some of the offensive sets.
  • Philosophy
    • Control Tempo
      • Try to get the defense to do what you would like them to do
    • Shot Selection
      • Determine who can shoot which types of shots
      • Emphasis on layups first, then 3 pointers
    • Cutting and Screening
      • Emphasis on using cutting and sometimes screening to create scoring opportunities near the basket
    • Motion Concepts
      • The motion concepts can help the team to see progress as the season continues
      • In order to get all of the benefits of this offense (such as reading the defense and making the right types of cuts or passes), the team would need to fully commit to implementing the offense. However, it is possible to still execute some of the sets depending on team personnel and coaching philosophy.
    • Team Based Offense
      • Helps all players on the team to potentially score
  • Spacing
    • 2 guards in the slots
    • 2 forwards on the wings (free throw line extended)
    • 1 post player as the pivot position
    • Each perimeter spot is interchangeable
      • Side Note: Some college teams may interchange all 5 spots. However, at the middle/high school level, the perimeter spots are usually the only ones that are interchangeable
  • Chin
    • Continuity style offense
    • Focuses on creating scoring via backdoor cuts
    • Slot to Wing dribble hand off (DHO) starts Chin
    • Related : Chin Continuity Hook
  • 5 Out
    • Good for teams with smaller players
    • Can execute from the Chin series
    • Can also transition into the Low series
    • Be patient and look for the backdoor cut from the top
  • Low
    • Looks to get the ball into the low post or flow back into the Chin series
    • Guard to Forward pass from the top initiates Low
    • Related : Basic Low into Chin
  • Point
    • Good to run against teams that like to pick up half court or 3/4 court pressure
    • Started by waving the opposite slot guard (without the ball) through to the other side of the floor
    • 3 different options (Over, Under, and Away)
    • Related : Point (Over, Under, Away)
      • Options are determined by point guard movement from the slot
        • If point guard goes over the pivot towards the player in the strong side corner, option is Over
        • If point guard goes under the pivot towards the basket, option is Under
        • If point guard goes away from the pivot towards weak side wing, option is Away
      • Over
        • On side pick and roll, if teams attempt to run and jump, the ball handler should try to move the action towards the half court. However, it is important that the ball handler does not pick up their dribble.
        • Can flow into Chin (However, I couldn’t figure out how to properly implement this from Over)
      • Under
        • Can flow into 5 Out, Chin, or back into Point
          • Dribble Up starts Chin
          • Pass up starts Point
      • Away
        • Can flow into Chin
        • Point guard should try to pass to the pivot and cut immediately to set the fake screen
        • Point guard can make reads and drive to the basket or kick out to the shooter
        • Point guard and wing forward can both chop their feet to help when changing directions
  • Reverse
    • A counter action to Point when the defense denies the pass to the pivot at the elbow
    • Point guard’s spin dribble starts Reverse
    • If dribble-at backdoor option is not there, Reverse flows back into Chin
  • Circle
    • Can flow into Low or Point
  • Breakdown Drills
    • Chin Drills
      • Begins in 3 on 0
      • Looks to teach players when to time the backdoor cut and work on quick one hand passes if possible
      • Player should not cut until ball is dribbled
      • Players can practice on shooting different types of layups (left hand, right hand, or reverse)
    • Wing Dribble Drill
    • Point Series
      • Pivot practices on following the ball and making the correct read
      • Also practices on drive and kick
    • Drills can be practiced on both sides of the court
    • 2 to 3 drills can be practiced for about 3 minutes each day
    • Drills should be ran at game pace

 


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