The Around the Horn Box Set Play is a quick hitter that creates an open shot or scoring opportunity by giving one player, the point guard, a screen from each of the other four players. Timing is essential in this play but if it’s executed correctly, you will find yourself with an open jump shot — or better yet, an open layup!
As the point guard, O1, dribbles up the floor and nears the top of the key, he passes to 3, who has popped out from his spot on the elbow. If 3’s defender tries playing the passing lane, 3 should keep him sealed — essentially posting up for the pass from 1.
After passing to 3, 1 will cut past 3 creating a natural screen for 3.
1 continues around by rubbing his defender off of screens set by 5, 4, and 2 as 3 dribbles slowly across the top. Once passed 2’s screen, 3 passes 1 the basketball.
After passing the basketball to 1, 3 will follow his pass and set an on-ball screen for 1.
1 dribbles off the screen for a jump shot or penetration. If able to penetrate, 1 may be able to dump the ball off to 5 or 4 if their defender(s) help on the drive.
This play does take some time to develop, therefore, 3 should not be in a hurry to start dribbling across until 1 is circling back up to the top. If 3 does dribble too soon (or is hurried into doing so), 1 can circle off of 3 and receive a handoff rather than a pass.