Early Season Offense

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

Put together some thought on Offensive Concepts for the early part of the season in the #GBetBBChat this week.

Coach Demarco runs his #GBetBBChat each week on Wednesday nights and this week we discussed Offense Early in the Season. For various reasons those first few weeks are typically some of favorite practices of the season. It's also the time of the year where I constantly find myself trying to strike a balance between:

  • Making sure we are prepared for all scenarios

  • Concern that we are overloading them with information

I put together my responses from the chat and tried to add a little context to them.

Q1 - Improvement

One area where I would like to see our team improve is in the % of our offense that is achieved in transition.

Now this is a statement that is easier said than done - as it requires us to get defensive stops along with successful pushes and finishes. Graduating seven Seniors, including our School's #6 All Time leading Scorer will certainly complicate things.

One of the things that our really successful teams in 2016 & 2017 both did was get out into transition and find ways to finish those lay ups and high value three points shots. Regardless of personnel this is something that needs to be accomplished by our players at a higher clip.

A2 - Essential Points

Putting together a document in which you narrow down all of your core teaching points can be a valuable exercise.

When I answered Q2 I referenced a project that I had been working on for a few years now. I typically revisit this each offseason and break it down into three components:

  1. Pillars

  2. Transition Principles

  3. Half Court Principles

Specifically, Coach Demarco's question was referencing Half Court Offensive principles. In that case the two areas I would spend the most time is spacing & actions.