2 Baseline Flare - FastModel Sports

Published 06/07/2018 by Matt Barnthouse Favorite Send to FastDraw Print Embed

About This Play/Drill

If there is one thing coach Andy Kennedy loves in his offense, it is off ball screens that set up corner threes. His Ole Miss teams made a living off of this play. In my four years with the Ole Miss Rebels, I got to see sharpshooters like Marshall Henderson and Stefan Moody run this play to perfection, helping them reach All-SEC nods. 

There are a lot of moving parts here. It starts off with a dribble handoff to the 3, while the 2 makes a cut to the paint on the weakside. Once in the paint, the 2 sets a screen for the one, and then makes a cut underneath the defender of the 4, forcing his man to either chase him or go over. If he goes over, the defender is ready to run straight into a flare screen by the 4.

What makes this play work is that it bunches up the defense and forces them to make a lot of decisions. Sure, the defenders can switch, but that leaves a mismatch with a 2 having to defend a 4. 

The 2 defender could cheat on the initial cut around the 5, but then that allows the 2 to make reverse his cut to the corner, where the 3 can hit him on the weakside for a 3. 

If all else fails, the 1 comes around ready to reset the offense at the end of all of the actions.

This is something that when ran well, can be nearly impossible to stop. The only concern is that some players may have difficulties going straight from a cut to catch and shoot (almost a 180), so athleticism helps. 

  • Basketball Play - 2 Baseline Flare
  • Basketball Play - 2 Baseline Flare
  • Basketball Play - 2 Baseline Flare
  • Basketball Play - 2 Baseline Flare
  • Starting off in basic motion. 1 has ball at top of key. 3 comes on dribble handoff and takes it back to top of key. On weak side 2 moves to middle of paint to set screen.

  • 3 has ball at top of key. 1 makes cut across two screens, first by the 4, then by the 2. 5 moves a bit for spacing.

  • After setting screen, 2 moves to corner underneath 4's defender. 2's defender runs straight into a flare screen by 4. Meanwhile, 3 dribbles towards corner preparing for pass.

  • 2's defender is in poor closeout position after fighting over the screen. Open three point opportunity. Otherwise, the 3 and 1 are in positions for reversal should play go awry.