How I would incorporate the Princeton Point Series into a High School Offense and the best resources I've gathered on Point Action over the last year.
It is almost impossible to scroll through my timeline these days without spotting tweets about the Princeton Offense. In a basketball world dominated by the ball screen, there seems to have been a resurgence of Princeton Offense concepts throughout the collegiate and professional ranks. I don't have hard evidence to show this, but I can't help but think that this recent resurgence of popularity can be traced to changes in the modern game. Given the greater emphasis on the three point line, the use of the 5 Man as a distributor, the opening up of the paint, and the popularity of "positionless" basketball it would seem logical that Princeton concepts would become more attractive in today's game. Regardless of where this resurgence has come from it seems likely that the success of the Golden State Warriors, Richmond Men, and Stanford Women's teams in recent years will ensure that it is does not die down any time soon.
Perhaps no concept within the Princeton system seems to be quite as popular as the Point Series. This series features your 5 Man as a distributor at the high post and includes the use of split screens, back door cuts, DHOs, and ball screens as a means to create quality shots. I think what makes the Point Series so attractive is that you can run it as part of the larger Princeton System or use it alone as the main engine of your offensive. In fact, many coaches have tweaked the traditional reactions and spacing to fit the modern concepts that we mentioned above. In this post, I wanted to put together a general plan for how I might use the action at the High School level and then at the end organize some of the best resources I have encountered over the last few years.
Main Entries -
The two main entries into Point Action that I would teach are the Slot to Slot Pass and the Wave Through. In both scenarios, we are asking one of our slot players to make a brush cut that will create a gap for our 5+ Man to flash into. Once the gap has been created for our 5 Man to flash into we are looking to make a pass into the Pinch Post or Elbow area. With the basketball now entered at the elbow, we have now arrived in the Point Series formation.
Slot to Slot Pass:
If the trailing guard is not denied we simply make the slot to slot pass to initiate the entry. The pass is then followed by a Brush Cut to the opposite corner.
Brush Cut - a cut made through the paint that attempts to create a gap for the 5 Man.
1 - Slot to Slot Pass
2 - Brush Cut to the Corner
3 - Flash to the Elbow