In this segment of Drill of the Week we feature Step-up Screens. More and more you are seeing step-up screens used on every level. The Step-up is used when the screener sets a ball screen toward the sideline, opposed to having their back to the middle of the floor. As the screener rolls, the penetration lane is toward the baseline, allowing the guard to attack the basket or throw a pocket pass to the roller. As teams adjust, you can use a stretch post player and pop them right where they set the screen for a shot.
Step-up screens can be used in transition or in the half court. We place an emphasis in our early offense attack, to have our forwards rim run, and come immediately to set the step-up. In this video you will see the action used in different ways. Early offenses, half court, reject, and baseline attacks are all ways Freshman Jordin Canada has found to make the step-up successful for us.
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In this segment of Drill of the Week, we feature Pin Down screens. Using Pin downs are a great way to isolate a shooter or a scorer for a shot. When playing against man-to-man defenses, pin down screens can be a simple way to free up a player to get them an offensive touch
There are important keys to making pin down screens effective. One, the player must set their defender up and read their defender as the come to screen. You must read the defender because they may guard the screen different ways. The may lock and trail, or possibly shoot the gap. If a good offensive player can read this correctly, it will help them get open for a catch.
Secondly, the screener must locate the defender guarding the offensive player. We call this head hunting. The screener must head hunt and place a body on the defender and angle their back to where they want the offensive player to catch the ball.
Lastly, you must get the ball to the player “on time, on target”. This means, that the player passing the ball to the player coming off the screen must deliver a good pass to where and when they want to catch it.
We have several offensive sets that we use pin down screens and it has helped us space the floor and isolate our scorers in positions where they can be effective.
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@uclawbb Video Coordinator