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How to coach and teach the basketball shallow-cut play

The shallow cut is used considerably in motion offenses; however, you can use it in many patterned offenses just as well. For instance, getting the ball to the wing is the key to starting most offenses.

Shallow Cut Diagram

Shallow Cut

Player 1 dribbles over and shallows 2 off the right wing. Player 2 relocates to the top of the key using the 3-point arc as reference point to help with balance and spacing. Player 1 shoots the jumper from the wing. 5 rebounds and puts back all missed shots.

Shallow Cut Diagram1

Shallow Cut - Return Pass

Player 1 dribbles over to the right wing and 2 relocates at the top and steps up for the return pass from 1. He shoots the jumper. (You also need to mix this drill a bit and have player 2 use a shot fake and move with a one-bounce dribble, then shoot or he could drive and dish off to 5 who lays it in.)

Shallow Cut Diagram2

Shallow Cut - Drive and Dish

Player 1 dribbles over to the right wing and 2 relocates to the top for a pass from 1. Player 2 comes to meet the pass, catches the ball, squares up, fakes a shot, drives to the elbow, drawing 1's defender and dishes to 1. Player 1 steps up for the shot.

Shallow Cut Diagram3

Shallow Cut - From the Wing

Player 2 dribbles to the top and 1 relocates to the wing. Player 1 receives a return pass from 2 and takes the shot.

Shallow Cut Diagram4

Shallow Cut - Fake Relocate & V-Cut

Player 1 dribbles at 2, as if to shallow him out to the top. Player 2 begins to relocate, but instead v-cuts, using 5's screen and fades to the corner for a pass from 1 and a shot. (NOTE: Put a defender on 2 and you can make this a good drill in teaching players to read the defense. For example, players 2 and 5 should pass shoulder to shoulder. If the defender follows 2, then 2 should curl. Don't try to hurry, but play it smart, like playing tag around a tree.)

Shallow Cut Diagram5

Shallow Cut - Circle and Skip Pass

Player 1 dribbles at 2 who instead of shallowing to the top, continues through the lane to the opposite wing. Player 1 skip passes over the defense to 2 who squares-up for the shot.

Shallow Cut Diagram6

Cut Through - V-Cut for Layup or Jumper

Player 1 v-cuts away. He can read the defense and either cut to the basket for a layup or replace himself for a shot.


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