A huge thank you to Coach Jeff Osterman for sharing this play with us. Coach Osterman is currently the associate head coach at the University of South Florida (bio) and is also a regular contributor to the Hoops U. Basketball Coaching Academy. Be sure to check out his website at CoachOsterman.com and if you’re on Twitter, he is a great follow @CoachOsterman. And don’t forget to check out Coach Osterman’s archives at The Academy.
As the title of this basketball play suggests, this is a last second play you can run when you need to go the full length of the court and need a 3-point shot. Often, last second “3’s” become long-range pull-up jumpers. This play will help your team get a high-percentage look at a 3-point shot attempt. A great play from Coach Osterman that should be in your playbook for this specific special situation!
Players set up in the backcourt as shown, with O5 inbounding the basketball.
O3 sets a screen for O2, who works hard to get open. O4 sets a screen for O1 who goes long.
O5 makes the pass to O2.
As soon as O2 receives the pass, he quickly dribbles the ball to the frontcourt. O1, O3, and O4 all sprint as well. O5 trails behind.
As O1 gets to the wing area, he plants and cuts from the wing to the top of the key area. O4 sets the screen on O1’s defender (also up to O1 to properly use O4 as a screener).
O2 passes to O1 coming off the screen. O1 gets the shot off before the buzzer and your team wins the game!