(Rental)-Building The Perfect Offense
Geno Auriemma: Building the Perfect Offense
A great defense is definitely needed to win a championship, but true champions have to have the ability to score too. In today’s game, the ability to put points on the board is crucial. Legendary Connecticut women’s head basketball coach Geno Auriemma details the concepts, drills, and plays he has used for years to help the Huskies dominate against man and zone defenses.
Offensive Breakdown Drills
Coach Auriemma stresses the importance of building individual skill development with offensive progressions. He shows you the drills that he has used on a daily basis to improve the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, cutting, and screening. Watch as he demonstrates two drills that teach players to attack the basket with as few dribbles as possible. Players learn to make different types of layups as well as short jump shots.
The UConn offense is based on Coach Auriemma’s 1-4 high set, so he prepares his players to learn it with seven breakdown drills. Using two and three players at a time, they work on UCLA cuts for layups, scoring off of down screens, and getting post players involved in the offense with handoffs and backcuts.
1-4 High Offense
Coach Auriemma details the actions of his 1-4 high offense and how it can flow right into side ball screens, get open shots off of down screens, and make plays using off-ball screens at the wing. You will see how to make adjustments to counter a defense that denies the high post. Coach Auriemma also reveals how to take advantage of mismatches. In addition to the different actions, Coach Auriemma shares four set plays from the 1-4 high alignment.
Attacking Zone Defenses
The 1-4 set is also used by Coach Auriemma to attack zone defenses. He likes to use the alignment to create 1-on-1 matchups. In this segment, you will hear Coach Auriemma’s philosophy on zone offense and how he likes to attack both the 2-3 and the 1-2-2 zone defenses.
This video offers up several offensive strategies any coach can use to get easy baskets against both man and zone defenses and it is brought to you by one of the most successful basketball coaches of all time.