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Shooting the basketball and the Equal Opportunity Basketball Offense

The “Equal Opportunity” basketball offense offers several advantages. The most outstanding is the ability to get high percentage shots. Of course, the offense will get those shots, but your players must put the ball in the basket.

Your players will soon learn that some nights the open shots are simply not there, yet in other games they will be open all night. Finding the open shot depends on the reactions of the defense.

There is no jealousy among teammates. The shooter doesn’t have to wonder if his teammates think he is shooting too much. It really doesn’t matter because the shooter cannot control this. As mentioned earlier, the defense cues the shot. There is no way to know exactly when the defense will make a mistake. Players must be able to recognize this themselves. We coaches call it, ”reading the defense.”

Back in 1966, we found that, with one exception, every starter on our St. Benedict team got approximately equal number of shooting opportunities on the way to a championship season. The one exception was our post player. This was because I wanted our middle man to get a few more attempts than average. This thinking led to the highest percentage of our points were scored came from the middle in proportion to the times the ball went there.

There was another exception, too. Certain players will come open more than others; however, these players were quicker, run their cuts better, had better timing, or were more athletically inclined than their teammates. Part of it is related to the amount of time it took a player to get off his shot. If a jump shot is a long drawn out, wind-up and jump affair, it takes more time to shoot the quick, without a hitch, jump shot. I guess this will always be true. No two players are ever exactly alike.

The shot is determined by:

  1. The amount of time in relationship to the distance from the basket.
  2. The quickness of the shooter to get off the shot.
  3. Each player knows his limitations and those of his teammates.

In our championship year, we never had the same high-scorer two games in a row. Once again, the defenses reaction to our offense determined this. If you are zoned, it changes the number of shots a player gets. If your guards are pressed outside, it will affect the shots. If your opponents use a match-up zone or combination man-to-man out front and zone the baseline, certain shots will come open. Teach your players to be patient, they will get their share of shots over the course of a season.

This type of offense requires a few different types of shots and how to use the jump stop. These are:

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