Lon Kruger Oklahoma Sooners High Ball-Screen Options by Wes Kosel
Here are five high ball-screen options from Oklahoma Sooners Head Coach Lon Kruger. Kruger just completed his third season as head coach of the Sooners. In that time, Kruger has improved the win totals from 15 in 2011-2012 to 23 in 2013-2014. Before taking over for the Sooners, Kruger coached for UNLV, Illinois, Florida, Kansas State, UT-Pan American, and in the NBA as a head coach for the Atlanta Hawks and an assistant for the New York Knicks. He played basketball and baseball at Kansas State leading the Wildcats to back-to-back Big Eight Basketball Championships in 1972 and 1973. Although he is typically thought of for his defensive systems, the 2013-2014 Sooners ranked 7th in the country in points per game with 82.2.
Lon Kruger Oklahoma Sooners High Ball-Screen Options – Pick & Roll
4 sets a high ball-screen for 1 as 2 and 3 slide to the corners. 4 rolls to the basket as 5 replaces 4.
Lon Kruger Oklahoma Sooners High Ball-Screen Options – Double Away
1 dribbles off of a ball-screen from 4. As 1 is dribbling towards the right wing, 5 and 4 set a double screen for 3 on the left wing. 3 curls around the screen looking for the pass from 1.
Lon Kruger Oklahoma Sooners High Ball-Screen Options – Flex
4 sets the high ball-screen for 1 as 5 moves across the lane to set a flex screen for 2. 1 passes to 4 popping after the screen. Once 4 has the ball, he looks to shoot or pass to 2. If 2 isn’t open 4 passes to 1 then screens down for 2.
Lon Kruger Oklahoma Sooners High Ball-Screen Options – Flex Counter
This play starts just like the Flex Option, but instead of 2 cutting off of the flex screen he stays in the corner. 1 passes to 4 who looks to 5 cutting back towards the ball.
Lon Kruger Oklahoma Sooners High Ball-Screen Options – Lob
1 dribbles to the right wing off of the ball-screen from 4. 5 moves across the lane as 3 sets a back-screen for 4. 1 looks to make the lob pass to 4 for the score.