St John’s grabs a huge offensive rebound
Pitt rebounds 71.8% of its opponents misses, good for 30th in the nation. That is part of what makes the offensive rebound by Paris Horne so surprising with under a minute left in today’s Big East matchup.
It was a great move by Paris Horne but he took advantage of a weakness in the box out technique of Gilbert Brown. Take a look at what happened.
Here is a clip of the last free throw attempt that had Gilbert Brown on the block before the one where he gave up the offensive rebound. The red arrow illustrates the first step he made, which was straight into the paint. The green arrow shows the step he should have made, which is up the lane, to get his body on the St. John’s player.
Although this free throw was made, it illustrates a flaw in the box out technique of Brown. He is stepping directly into the lane to try to get the rebound on his own athleticism, instead of getting his body into the defender to push him out of position.
Now let’s take a look at the free throw attempts with 48 seconds left where St John’s got the offensive rebound. Again, Brown is on the right side of the lane, on the block. Paris Horne is the St John’s player on that side of the lane and comes away with the offensive rebound.
Brown does a little better job of stepping toward the defender here but he still steps more into the paint than toward Horne. Horne makes a quick jab into the lane before spinning behind Brown to grab the offensive rebound.
Since Brown never got his body fully on Horne, Horne is able to spin around him and get free at the basket. The key is his quick step into the paint before the spin. He makes think Brown he is going to get into the lane before spinning behind him.
For Brown, I would stress taking the first step up toward the defender to get his body into the defender instead of stepping into the lane. This will allow him to feel where the defender is going and keep him off the defensive glass.
Smart move by Horne to take advantage of a lapse in technique by Brown. Now while he wasn’t in the lane on the first attempt shown, he may have picked up on this fact earlier in the game and put it away for later. In a crucial spot, he was able to pull on that knowledge and use it to get a big offensive rebound.
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