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The execution of a successful game winning inbounds play

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Wake Forest had the ball under their own basket with just under 3 seconds left. They called a timeout and Dino Gaudio drew up a play that gave Wake Forest the win at home.

Wake  Forest came out in their typical 4 across set, which they used in nearly every inbounds play that season. Duke came out in a zone, as evidenced by the fact that Jon Scheyer did not follow Jeff Teague as he made his cut across the paint. Wake likely practiced this play throughout the year and the correct read was made by Johnson.

The thing that makes this play successful is the amount of options that LD Williams had when he inbounded the ball. His first option was Teague coming across the paint to the corner. If Duke was playing man defense, there is a chance that Teague would have been open as he was running off of three screens.

Duke keyed on Teague, however, and he was briefly double teamed (see picture) as a third Duke defender took a step out to get in front of Teague. Nolan Smith did not stay at home under the basket, which left the paint open for Johnson.

James Johnson made the correct read in slipping the screen. He saw that the man guarding Ish Smith under the basket left his area, as well as his man, Gerald Henderson. He slipped the screen and cut right to the basket.

The final key is Williams, the inbounder. He has an eye on Teague, which causes the defense to move toward him. He gives a slight pump to put Kyle Singler off balance before delivering the ball to Johnson for the wide open layup.

This is an example of a great inbounds play that was well executed by the Demon Deacons under a pressure situation.


Written by Joshua Riddell

July 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

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