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The Princeton Offense Basketball System is the leading solution when it comes to helping basketball coaches reach their season and post-season goals. The Princeton Offense was designed by Pete Carrill and has been successful at every level of the game.

3 Reasons to Use the Princeton Offense with your Basketball Team

  1. Efficient – The most efficient offense in basketball. The Princeton Offense uses the reading the defense concepts of a true motion offense combined with the advantage of rehearsed set plays. This is the happy medium you have been searching for on offense. Remember when your scout team defends your new set better than any team you will face all year? Teams learn how to defend specific actions very quickly, and, with the innovation of scouting and video technology, the ability to use set plays is even more difficult. What is the answer? Mixing set plays with good spacing and driving opportunities combined with a player’s ability to read the defense and a coaches’ ability to determine where the ball should go at any point in the game.
  2. Beautiful – Ok, so I am partial to the beautiful game and seeing good shots passed over for great shots. The San Antonio Spurs pass the ball more than any team playing with a 24 second shot clock. If an NBA team can pass up shots in a time window of only 24 seconds, then why can’t high school coaches emphasize this to their teams? Unless your team features the best players in the state, and even then it would work, you should focus on adding parts of the Princeton Offense to your playbook. There are many versions of this offense and many different reads that coaches can use to get shots for their players. When executed at the highest level, which is possible for any team, it makes a team play better than the individual parts. In other words, on paper, your team should lose, but after the game, your team has just pulled off one of the biggest basketball upsets in the area. If you have the time, you should watch Pete Carril’s Princeton Tigers defeat defending NCAA Champion UCLA on a backdoor layup to win 43-41.
  3. Adaptable – Predictability will kill your practices and get you beat in games. This offense will allow a coach to determine the best way to attack a defense. After scouting or during a game, if a coach sees a particular defender overplaying, or against a switching defense, or if a team is defending your cuts a certain way, your team will have the advantage because, in this package, you get all of the counters to anything the defense can throw at you. One of the biggest timewasters a coach can face is installing new and changing sets throughout the year. It is frustrating to constantly add new plays instead of focusing on execution and fundamental basketball. If you install the Princeton Offense, you can continue to develop your offense without making constant changes. Time is something each team has, and if you use your time more efficiently, your team will be more prepared at the end of the season when it matters most.

5 Common myths about the Princeton Offense

  1. Stall ball – Nope. This offense has been run in the NBA with both the Sacramento Kings and the LA Lakers using a 24 second shot clock. The tempo of the game can be dictated by calls from the coach or focusing on particular sets. One key to any offense is unpredictability, and by attacking quickly on one possession and then making the defense work on the next position, the opposing team is never able to settle in on defense.
  2. Motion offense – No. A motion offense is an offensive attack relying upon multiple reads from multiple offensive players on each possession. In addition to reading the defense, a motion offense has little control over where your player will be open for the shot or even who is going to be shooting. The Princeton Offense gives a coach control over where the shots come from and who will shoot them. It is not a freelance motion offense.
  3. Only Works for Smart players – Sorta. What offense can any team run that does not have players that understand how to cut, pass, dribble, or shoot? The Princeton Offense has a reputation for being an offense that is too difficult for players with an average basketball IQ to execute. This is a myth. Repetition and teaching make all the difference. In this package, you will get the key teaching phrases and progressions to help your players understand how to score. Not only do you get the terminology needed to install this offense, but you also get the breakdown drills that will make each read and cut into a habit. Remember, the more the players are forced to think, the slower their feet get…the drills and teaching progressions will give you an execution and strategy advantage over your opponent.
  4. Zone Shuts it Down – Yes. If you are not working on shooting everyday in practice then it won’t matter what offense you run whether it be the swing offense, a motion offense, the blocker/mover offense, or simple pick and rolls. Defenses will sag in the paint and prevent you from scoring in the paint. This package includes zone sets that work against any type of zone defense or half court trapping zone. In addition, you will learn the shooting drills and finishing drills that will teach your players the best places to look for shots against any defense. One shot from one spot practiced 100 times is much better than 100 different shots practiced one time. Repetition is the mother of skill, and if you use these shooting drills with the breakdown drills, your teams will score more efficiently than ever.
  5. Limits your best players – NO. This is a common misconception. This offense will give you the opportunity to isolate your best player in their best positions. It is a nightmare to scout because the coach can decide when and where to isolate or attack with the best offensive player on your team. The key here is being able to disguise your isolations within a motion offense concept. Imagine running some cuts and screens for easy baskets, and if the defense is able to stop those initial cuts, then attacking with your best player whether it be in the post or on the perimeter? Denying your best player? Easy to score off backdoor cuts that your team practices everyday.

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