For the 2018-19 basketball offseason, I’m writing a series on seven key components of a basketball offense. The series is titled Building a Better Basketball Offense. The goal of this series is not to create the perfect basketball offense, which is an impossible task. The goal, through video review and statistical analysis, is to find what makes the nation’s best offenses click. Each offense is different because each team has different players and different coaches. If you’re a coach reading this, I want this series to show you a new set or a new idea that you can add to your offense. This series isn’t meant to completely overhaul your offense; it’s intended to make it a little better.
Each component of the series is based on personal research, with help from coaches of teams involved. Barring a schedule change, a new installment will be released every three weeks, with the first installment being released on May 8, 2019. (There’s a four-week break between installments #3 and #4 to make the schedule work a little better.) The schedule is below, and each new installment will be linked on this page upon release:
- Transition (May 8) (Teams covered: Whitman, West Virginia Tech, Gonzaga)
- Ball Screens (May 29) (Teams covered: Northwest Missouri State, Oregon women, Saint John’s (MN))
- Off-Ball Perimeter Actions (June 19) (Teams covered: West Liberty, Nebraska Wesleyan, Valdosta State)
- OOB/ATO Plays (July 17) (Teams covered: Belmont, Nova Southeastern, Marian)
- Basket Cuts (August 7) (Teams covered: Bellarmine, Notre Dame women, South Dakota State women)
- Zone Offense (August 28)
- (to be announced) (September 16)
- Post-Ups (September 18)
Three different offenses will be covered in each post, meaning 21 total offenses will be featured. Of these 21, 15 teams are non-Division 1, as part of an attempt to give coverage to schools that don’t normally receive coverage. Along with this, two of the very best offenses in women’s college basketball, Oregon and Notre Dame, will be featured. Where possible, readers will also get access to interviews with head coaches of the teams involved. My personal goal is to get ten coaches in for interviews to reveal a little insight behind what works for their teams.
This seven-part series is designed to appeal to coaches, players, and fans in an attempt to make each component of an offense understandable, with obvious paths forward and ideas to spark something new in a team’s offense. I sincerely think that the non-Division 1 schools featured in this series deserve recognition on the level of larger schools. This series is something I’ve dreamed of doing for three years, and I’m incredibly excited to share my dream with the world.
To ensure that the posts don’t go overboard with information, I’ve capped the amount of words and images I’m using in each piece. With each new installment, I’ll include a link to notes or quotes I didn’t have space to use. This will also include each GIF/video clip I created, plus links to each team’s games for additional context and individual usage. (If you’re a coach who doesn’t want your team’s games included, just email email@example.com and I’ll remove them without issue.)
This series is something I’ve dreamed of doing for three years, and I’m incredibly excited to share my dream with the world. I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed making it.