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Inside the play: Wake Forest baseline out of bounds play

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In this post, we will see a baseline out of bounds play for Wake Forest executed for an open layup. Wake Forest comes out in the typical 4 across set that they use for a majority of their baseline out of bounds sets. This does not allow the defense to recognize their play based on the set. Although they may recognize the play based on the call, it is much easier to disguise the play call than the formation.

Ty Walker fades back with his hands raised, calling for the ball. He gets the ball in this position at the start of some sets, so the play is still somewhat disguised. JT Terrell sets a screen for Walker, so he can roll to the weak side of the basket. Walker is the first option on this play but Gonzaga switches the screen, so Walker is covered.

Mescheriakov comes from the sideline to screen the screen, JT Terrell. Marquise Carter thinks that they are going to switch this screen as well, so he stays in position to cover Terrell. However, Sacre does not switch the screen and stays with Terrell. This leaves Mescheriakov open when he slips the screen and rolls to the basket.

The miscommunication on defensive strategy by Gonzaga gives Wake Forest the layup. If the second screen was switched by Sacre, the play likely would not have worked as both Terrell and Mescheriakov would have been covered. Instead, a lapse by Sacre allowed the slip of the screen, leading to the layup.


Written by Joshua Riddell

January 3, 2011 at 1:03 am

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  1. […] #3) Wake Forest baseline […]

  2. Watching this play I’m not sure Sacre even realized a screen was coming. It was such a quick slip, the screener never really was in Sacre’s vision. This all has to be chalked up to no one talking for Gonzaga.


    April 11, 2011 at 3:03 am

    • I can see that. I don’t think Sacre should have denied the entry pass to Terrell so hard in that situation, which left him vulnerable. Even though he may not have seen the screen coming, he should not have put himself in that position to be at the foul line trying to deny the pass. Even if Terrell catches the pass there, Sacre can close out and challenge the shot and has help behind him in case Terrell tries to drive.

      I see your point though and I think it is valid but I think Sacre just put himself in a bad position. He should have stayed home, which would have allowed him to switch a possible screen and still defend Terrell if he caught the ball. Strong effort, just not smart effort.


      April 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm

  3. I think it goes back to communication here. The way he originally played defense was very good, but then he switched the screen that was set on his man. All of that along with the slip of the second screen was a lot for him to try and process that fast. Good play by Wake. That’s really what stands out.


    April 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

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