Tommy Amaker Harvard Crimson Offense by Wes Kosel
Here are two plays from Harvard Head Coach Tommy Amaker. Amaker is entering his 8th season as theHead Coach of Harvard. During his first seven years, he went from 8-22 in his first season to 27-5 in2013-2014. He has also led the Crimson to 4 straight Ivy League Championships and 3 straight NCAATournament appearances. Before taking over for Harvard, Amaker was the head coach for the MichiganWolverines for 6 seasons (2001-2007) and Seton Hall for 4 seasons (1997-2001). He took his 1999-2000Seton Hall team to the NCAA Sweet 16 and won the NIT in 2004 with Michigan. He has compiled a 315-210 record as a coach with a winning record at each school he has coached at. Amaker played at Dukeunder Coach Mike Krzyzewski from 1983-1987. As a junior, his Duke team made it to the final game ofthe NCAA Tournament before losing to Louisville.
Tommy Amaker Harvard Crimson Offense – Crimson O
In this play, 1 passes to 4 who passes to 3. 5 follows the ball to post up on the strong side. Once 3 hasthe ball, 4 sets a ball-screen for 3 and 1 sets a screen for 5 in the lane. As 3 drives on the ball-screen, helooks to shoot or pass to 5 cutting across the lane. If neither option is open, 4 screens down for 1 whocuts to the wing to get the pass from 3. 2 then cuts across the baseline off of screens from 5 and 4. If 2isn’t open, 1 dribbles towards the top of the key as 3 fades to the wing off of a screen from 5.
Tommy Amaker Harvard Crimson Offense – Guard-Guard Ball-Screen
1 passes to 4 who passes to 2. 3 moves down under 5 at the block. Once 2 has the ball, 4 makes a hardcut to the basket looking for the pass. 3 cuts off of 5 to the wing. If neither option is open, 2 passes to 1then cuts off of a back-screen from 4. 1 looks for 2 at the basket. If 2 isn’t open, he moves out to set aball-screen for 1. 1 looks to shoot or pass off to 3, 4, or 5 for a shot.