8 Keys to Executing Quick Hitters
Fran Fraschilla is not a new name in the coaching world. Between holding previous head coaching jobs at Manhattan College, University of New Mexico, St Johns University and his position as a commentator for ESPN, its safe to say that he knows what he is talking about.
During a coaches’ clinic, Fran presented his 8 Keys to Successful Quick Hitters:
- Run several plays out of the exact same set
- Get the ball into the hands of your best player
- Take the first great shot available
- Utilize misdirection
- Have the option of using either a dribble entry or a pass entry
- Use “big on little” screens
- Assign designated offensive rebounding responsibilities
- Finish the play with a drive and kick mentality if all else fails
I want to expand on three of Coach Fraschilla’s 8 Keys to Successful Quick Hitters.
#1: The higher the level of competition the better athletes, the better coaches and the more prepared the team will be come game time. High school and almost every college team has a scouting report of the opposing team’s quick hitters. Defenders will most likely know what the offense is going to do, before they actually do it, because the offense’s alignment is usually a big give away to what play is going to be ran. By running several plays out of the exact same set (say out of the 1-4) OR with the same initial movement (PG pass to the wing and cuts to opposite corner) you can keep the defense playing “honest”.
#5: One of the ways opposing coaches will try to interfere with your half court offense is to strongly deny the wings. Coaches know that 90% of plays start with the point guard passing to the wing to initiate the offense. If they can deny the wing, the can essentially stop 90% of your sets. It is important that you have a plan B. If you wings cannot get open, you must have a dribble entry in place. This is where the point guard would dribble to the wing’s spot, the wing player would fill the point guard’s original role, and then the set would initiate.
#6: By using big on little screens you are making the defense play you honest and fight through all screens. If defenders were to say switch screens, now your offense has a huge mismatch that it can exploit. Because defenders will be forced to fight through, the screeners defender will be tempted to hedge (especially for a shooter) the screen which could open up for a screen and slip opportunity.
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