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Matt Wheeler

Matt Wheeler Basketball Contributor since 07/20/16

About Matt Wheeler

Matt Wheeler has spent the last 10 years coaching in the Orlando, FL area.  For the last 6 seasons he was at Olympia High School where he spent time as assistant boys varsity coach, head girls varsity coach, and head boys varsity coach.  During his tenure there he saw 4 players reach the Division 1 level and 12 players receive basketball scholarships.

Previously, Coach Wheeler was an assistant coach at Montverde Academy under then head coach Kevin Sutton.  While at Montverde Academy he assisted with player development, conditioning programs and created team playbooks and scouting reports. Coach Wheeler's experience also includes winning the 2008 3A Girls Basketball Florida State Championship as an assistant at Bishop Moore Catholic High School.

Coach Wheeler was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He got his coaching start at Cascade College where he was the student assistant for the women’s basketball program while also participating on the men’s JV basketball team. Coach Wheeler resides in Orlando, Florida with his wife Kiana. 

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Basketball Play - Minnesota Timberwolves - Wedge STS Lob

Minnesota Timberwolves - Wedge STS Lob

Matt Wheeler 11/27/2017

The Minnesota Timberwolves have added this set to their playbook to get Jimmy Butler a lob after a ball reversal. The play starts with a wedge action with 2 cutting into the post off of the screen from 1. As the ball is reversed to the weak side 2 sets a back screen for 3, then sets his man up to receive a screen from 5. While this is happening 3 keeps cutting to the corner to clear basket area of defenders. Then 2 rejects the screen from 5 and cuts to the basket for the lob. See More

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Basketball Play - Elevator Screen Action

Elevator Screen Action

Matt Wheeler 11/02/2017

Just like in other actions, the positions don't matter as much as putting players with the right skill set in those positions. Most of the time the 1, 2, and 3 positions become interchangeable with the 4 & 5 usually setting the elevator screen. The elevator action happens when a player cuts between two screeners. Once they get through, the screeners close together (like elevator doors) to form a wall where the defender can't get through, which frees them for a shot. 1 must be a good passer to deliver the ball to the shooter. 2 needs to be a good shooter - this action should get them open for a shot. 3 can set additional screens, create misdirection or provide spacing. 4 & 5 are your screeners, typically they are your bigger players, and will close the door on the screen after 2 cuts through Blog Post: Offensive Action Breakdown - Elevator Screens See More

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Basketball Play - New Orleans Pelicans - Zipper Cross Elevator

New Orleans Pelicans - Zipper Cross Elevator

Matt Wheeler 11/02/2017

The New Orleans Pelicans used a cut from their point guard to create misdirection to set up this elevator screen. 1 dribbled to the wing and passed to 3, who was cutting up top off a zipper screen. 1 then cut to the right side of the court using a screen from 5. 2 brought the action back to the left side of the floor by cutting through the elevator screen from 4 & 5. Blog Post: Offensive Actions Breakdown - Elevator Screens See More

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Basketball Play - Wisconsin - Swing Elevator

Wisconsin - Swing Elevator

Matt Wheeler 11/01/2017

Wisconsin ran this play late in the second half of their 2017 NCAA tournament game against Florida. Down 7 at the time, they were looking for a three point shot. The Badgers used misdireciton to set up the elevator screen by starting the play on one wing and swinging the ball to the opposite side of the floor. The ball movement caused the defense to shift and relax.1 then cut through the elevator screen from 4 & 5 to receive the pass from 2 and get an open shot. Blog Post: Offensive Actions Breakdown - Elevator Screens See More

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Basketball Play - Chicago Bulls - Elbow DHO Elevator

Chicago Bulls - Elbow DHO Elevator

Matt Wheeler 11/01/2017

The Chicago Bulls summer league team used multiple actions to set up the elevator screen. Though only 2's defender had to defend the elevator screen, 4 & 5's defenders had to guard additional screening action right before the elevator screen (a stagger dribble handoff for 3). The multiple screening action makes it more difficult for them to provide help on the elevator screen. Blog Post: Offensive Actions Breakdown - Elevator Screens See More

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Basketball Play - Washington Wizards - Elevator

Washington Wizards - Elevator

Matt Wheeler 11/01/2017

The Washington Wizards ran this simple elevator action as the enitre play to get Bradley Beal (2) open for a 3 point shot. 2 cut to the rim as 1 dribbled to the wing. 2 then cut through the elevator screen to receive the pass from 1 for a shot. Blog Post: Offensive Actions Breakdown - Elevator Screens See More

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Basketball Play - NC Central - Cross Elevator

NC Central - Cross Elevator

Matt Wheeler 11/01/2017

NC Cenral ran this elevator play late in the second half of their opening round game in the NCAA Tournament against UC Davis to get an open look at a 3 point shot. 5 circles under 4 to set up the elevator screen as 3 sets a cross screen for 2. 2 then uses the screen from 3 and cuts through the elevator screen from 4 & 5. 1 passes to 2 for the open shot. Blog Post: Offensive Actions Breakdown - Elevator Screens See More

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Basketball Play - Stagger Split Action

Stagger Split Action

Matt Wheeler 10/23/2017

In the stagger split action, the player positions do not matter as much as putting the player with the right skills set in those positions. 1 must be a shooter or playmaker. He will most likely get the ball to create a shot for himself or others. 2 needs to be a good passer. He has to make the read and deliver the ball to the correct person. 3 has to be an offensive threat, which forces the defense to have to provide help as he cuts to the basket. 4 is where you want your best screener to be. He has to get 1 open on the down screen. 5 needs to be put in a position where he creates good spacing for your team. See More

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Basketball Play - Indiana Pacers - Elbow Stagger Split

Indiana Pacers - Elbow Stagger Split

Matt Wheeler 10/23/2017

The Indiana Pacers ran this play out of the elbow set designed to get 1 the ball off of a down screen. After 1 passes to 4, 1 & 5 set a stagger screen for 3. 3 curls around the first screen from 1 and cuts to the basket. 1 turns around and cuts off of the screen from 5 to receive the pass from 4. Blog Post: Offensive Actions Breakdown - Stagger Split See More

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Basketball Play - Utah Jazz - PNP Stagger Split

Utah Jazz - PNP Stagger Split

Matt Wheeler 10/23/2017

The Utah Jazz ran this play to get Gordon Hayward the ball off a down screen where he can create a shot for himself or his teammates. The play starts with a pick and pop with 1 and 4. This gives the Jazz good spacing and gets the ball in a position where 4 can make the pass off of the stagger split action. 5 & 2 set a stagger screen for 3 on the weak side. 3 splits the screen by curling around 2 and cutting to the basket. 2 then cuts off the screen from 5 to receive the pass from 4. Blog Post: Offensive Actions Breakdown - Stagger Split See More

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Basketball Play - Boston Celtics - BLOB Stagger Split

Boston Celtics - BLOB Stagger Split

Matt Wheeler 10/23/2017

The Boston Celtics start this play set up in a staggered screen with 1 & 5 screening for 2 at the free throw line. 2 curls around the first screen from 1 and cuts to the rim. 1 then turns around and cuts off of the screen from 5. 3 looks to pass to 2 at the rim, then 1 off of the screen. If those options aren't available, 5 pops up top for a safety option. 4 stays in the corner for spacing. Blog Post: Offensive Actions Breakdown - Stagger Split See More

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Basketball Play - Golden State Warriors - Pinch Post Stagger Split

Golden State Warriors - Pinch Post Stagger Split

Matt Wheeler 10/23/2017

The Golden State Warriors utilize this play to get their 2 (usually Steph Curry or Klay Thompson) a shot off of a down screen. 1 initiates the offense with a pass to the high post, then follows it looking for a handoff. 2 & 4 set a stagger screen for 3. 3 curls around the first screen and cuts to the basket. 2 then uses the down screen from 4 to get the pass from 5 for a shot. http://bit.ly/2hMoKeTBlog Post: Offensive Actions Breakdown - Stagger Split See More

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Basketball Play - Houston Rockets - Rub Stagger PNR

Houston Rockets - Rub Stagger PNR

Matt Wheeler 10/18/2017

The Houston Rockets opened the 2017-18 season with this play designed to get James Harden (2) a drive to the basket off a staggered ball screen. After passing to 2, 1 followed his pass and abruptly stopped his cut next to x1. By quickly changing the the cut into a ball screen x1 wasn't able to provide help. This allowed 2 to turn the corner knowing that x2 was out of the play and be able to attack x5 going to the basket. See More

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Basketball Play - Boston Celtics - DHO Swing STS

Boston Celtics - DHO Swing STS

Matt Wheeler 10/18/2017

The Boston Celtics opened the 2017-18 season with this play designed to get Kyrie Irving (1) a shot off the screen to screener action. After the dribble handoff, 1 cut to the lane to set up the back screen as the ball was swung to the weak side. x3 provided help on the back screen for 4, forcing x1 to guard the second screen by himself. 1 was able to curl around the screen and the get the open shot. See More

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