The open middle quick hitter is a pick and roll play that gives the point guard 5 options. It is a simple play to run and with a point guard who understands his options, this play is very effective in getting an easy and open scoring opportunity.
The play starts with the point guard (1) to the right of the key. The play is initiated when #5 comes up from the low block to set a high ball screen for #1. As #1 uses the screen, #3 should be cutting from the corner to replace #1; #2 should be sliding down to the corner to replace #3. #5 will roll to the basket after setting the screen.
Depending upon what the defense does against the pick and roll and the other offensive movements, #1 will have the following options:
Option 1: use the pick from #5 and drive to the basket for a layup or short jumper.
Option 2: dribble wide and pass to #5 rolling off the screen to the basket.
Option 3: penetrate into the lane area and kick the basketball out to #2 in the corner.
Option 4: penetrate into the lane and kick the basketball out to #3, who has replaced #1’s original area.
Option 5: penetrate and pass to #5, who is rolling to the hoop. (This option is not displayed in the diagram. This is basically option 1, however, if the point guard is somehow stopped defensively, #5 may be available for a dump down pass after rolling to the hoop.