December 6, 2002, Newsletter Issue #87: USING SCREENS

Tip of the Week

Set your defender up before using the screen. Simply walk the defender away from the shot-spot and make the defender easy to screen by bringing the defense to a stop. Wait for the screener to be set
Timing is very important. It is better to be a little late than a little early. If you move too soon, your defender may make contact with the screener before the screen is set. This could be a foul on the screener, but it would really be the "user`s" fault. Plant your foot and cut off of the screen at the exact time that the screener hop stops to set the screen. Come off the screen tight enough to touch the screener. You can rub shoulders, “swim” off the screen, or “sandwich” the screener and the defender using both hands. Cut off of the screen directly to the shot-spot and prepare your feet to catch and shoot.

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