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UCLA Offense

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What to Discover or Recall. . .

This potent high post attack was instrumental to the success of many of UCLA's NCAA championship teams under coach John Wooden, and is commonly used on all levels of basketball including the NBA. The UCLA Offense is a viable option for teams that do not have a bona fide low post player. It is primarily designed to take full advantage of a post player with good passing and shooting skills, but it can also take advantage of the post up abilities of a point guard and power forward. Like any successful offense, the UCLA offense is based on very sound principles and excellent court spacing. It utilizes both an inside and an outside attack.

 

UCLA Offense

Although the UCLA high post offense can be run from various offensive alignments, the 1 - 4 set is favored because of pressure defenses. It is very flexible in that players can interchange positions readily especially the 4 and 5 positions and the 2 and 3 positions. It can also be initiated on either side of the court. The basic option is for the point guard 01 to make an entry pass to wing O3 and rub off O5's high post screen. 03 looks to feed O1 either for layup on basket cut or posting up against a weaker defender. If a good shot is not available for O1, wing O3 looks to make a reversal pass to O5 stepping out.

Left Side Entry

Point guard 01 makes an entry pass to wing O3 and then rubs off O5's high post screen. Wing 03 looks to feed O1 either for layup on basket cut or posting up against a weaker defender. If a good shot is not available for O1, O3 looks to make a reversal pass to O5 stepping out.

 


Automatic Entries vs Defensive Overplay

Dribble Clear

When defender X5 over plays and denies the entry pass to the wing, the point guard O1 dribbles towards the wing. Wing O3 makes a back cut to the basket looking for a pass from O1.

High Post Entry

When defender X3 over plays and denies the passing lane to the wing O3, the point guard O1 has the option of passing the ball directly to the high post. When the wing O3 sees the ball going to O5, O3 makes a back cut to the basket looking for a feed from O5.

High Post Lob

When defender X5 over plays and denies the passing lane to the post O5, O5 releases and makes a back cut to the basket looking for a quick lob pass from O1. If O1 cannot hit O5 on back cut, O1 then looks to make an entry pass to O4.

Note: On lob passes, the post should seal off defender and wait until the ball is directly overhead before releasing to the basket for shot.

Weakside Post Entry

When the defensive players X3 and X5 over play and denies the passing lanes to both )3 and O5, point O1 has the option of making an entry pass to O4. When O1 passes to O4, O5 dives to the basket anticipating a pass from O4. Wings O2 and O3 spot up in corners. O4 also has option of taking X4 One-on-One.

 

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