The Middle Screen and Drive Play is a simple basketball set play that can be run at any level … from youth to professional! The offense is well-spaced for this play, which has the post player set an on-ball screen to allow the point guard to attack the basket. With a good screen, a solid point guard will be able to create a layup opportunity for himself or his low post teammate. If it is well-defended in the lane, the option to kick the ball out to the perimeter for a 3-point shot is there as well.
The players set up as shown in the above diagram. With the point guard at the top, O4 sets an on-ball screen near the key. O1 sets up his defender as he dribbles him into the screen. Using the screen, O1 will penetrate to the basket. O1 can go either way but should go opposite of O5.
If open, O1 can take the shot or finish at the basket. If O5’s defender rotates over to help, O1 will dump a bounce pass or a toss a lob pass to O5.
If the shot is not available or O5 is covered, O2 and O3 should be sliding down to the corners. If either are open, O1 can hit with a kickout pass for a three-pointer.