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How to hide and conceal the “Equal Opportunity Basketball Offense”! - Part 3

There are many other Adolph Rupp plays that would serve well as an “Equal Opportunity Offense” concealment; however, I have chosen a few just to show how easy it is to conceal this offense, yet still blending it into your favorite pattern.

Suppose you are running a 1-2-2 set offense that you like very much and do not wish to eliminate it. Here is a way you can use it and tie the “Equal Opportunity Offense” into it quite effectively. Diagram 114 shows a “tight 1-2-2 set” and Diagram 115 shows a “wide 1-2-2 set”. The point player, or either wing player could start the offense from either the tight or wide set. In case you are being pressed, it would be wise to use the “wide 1-2-2 set”. The subsequent movement will pull you in tight and in position to run the “Equal Opportunity Offense” no matter which set is used (see Diagram 116 and 117).

Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 114Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 115
Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 116Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 117

The ball cues this series and the fact the ball is not passed to either corner player. If the ball should be passed to either corner player, the following maneuvers would be used (see Diagrams 118 and 119).

Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 118Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 119

Please notice that the point, (#1), rolls off the screen and hooks under the basket, looking for a lay-up. It is easy for #1 to remember that when he rolls under and when he stays for the pass. A pass from the wing, #2, to the corner, #4, is easy to see. To get into the Equal Opportunity Offense, the corner, #4, dribble drives up to the wing position, passes the ball to the point, then runs the first cut of the offense.

Here is a great little 1-2-2 offense, I have seen run very tight to the edge of the free-throw-lane. In its self, it is a fine scoring threat. I call it the “congested Offense” because it forces all ten players into the free-throw-lane, causing the defenders extra difficulty in switching, or sliding (see Diagrams 120 and 121).

Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 120Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 121

This same offense can be run on the other side of the court (see Diagrams 122 and 123). Also, there are many variations off the initial 1-2-2 set that you might use prior to getting into the “Equal Opportunity Offense”. This initiation requires an excellent dribbler at the point. Each method has its strong and weak points, depending upon the material at hand. That is the reason I am offering so many different ways of getting into the “Equal Opportunity Offense”. You can choose the one best suited to your own personnel.

Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 122Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 122

A good variation we have discussed is to simply let your forwards bring the ball down the court and start the offense. Have your guards go down and line up at the forward spots as shown in Diagram 124. This assumes that your forwards can effectively handle the ball. I am also assuming that the defensive guards will go down the floor with your offensive guards. If they don’t do this, it’s a good idea to get the ball up court quickly to the guards who are being guarded by forwards. Either one of them could take their defender one-on-one or simply put the ball in play to start the concealment.

Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 124

The big advantage of letting forwards start the offense is that their defenders are often bigger and unaccustomed to guarding the cut through player off the “Equal Opportunity Offense” initiation. There are many other ways to get the same result through the use of high-low interchanges between guard and forward. One such high-low interchange is illustrated in Diagrams 125, 126, and 127.

Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 125Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 126Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 127

Notice that the guard screening down to the side of the free-throw-lane for the forward moving out, also rolls and screens for the opposite forward who cuts under and might take a pass from #3 for a lay-up as illustrated in Diagram 128. If not, he becomes the corner man on that side of the floor.

Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 128

Diagrams 129 and 130 show an easy method of getting both forwards outside, using the same type of high-low-interchange. With both forwards outside, an initial pass is made into either side and a guard becomes the first cutter off the “Equal Opportunity Offense”.

Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 129Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 130
Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 131Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 132

Another way of initiating the offense is using a pattern created by the great Pete Newell as illustrated in Diagrams 133, 134, and 135. Of course, this is not shown in its entirety because I’m using it here as a way to hide the “Equal Opportunity Offense”. It starts with a baseline weave and a hard effort in getting the ball in the middle breaking inside off the post player’s screen. Since #2 is not in a good position to screen for the first cutter, (#4), on this side of the floor, let the receiving forward go over the top on that initial first cut. After that, the first cutter can go either over the top or baseline on his cut.

Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 133Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 134Concealing half-court basketball offenses Diagram 135

I have never found a pattern, or set of plays, that we could not use to conceal an offense. I’ve only given you a few here. Since I like to fast break, I only used a simple method of getting into this offense; however, if you do not use the fast break as your ultimate weapon, I strongly suggest you go to great pains to develop a threatening system of concealment.

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