Czech Republic – Horns Backdoor Play
Today, I am bringing you a play I picked up from watching the EuroBasket 2015 tournament. I found this play to be a pretty good counter as well as pressure release for the Czech Republic in their opening game against Estonia. In my coming playbook which will highlight best sets, out of bounds plays, and other various actions from the EuroBasket 2015 tournament, you will see how the Czech’s style of play is often catered to take advantage of their length, spacing, and post-play, especially with former NBA first round pick Jan Vesely. This play is very simple to implement and when executed properly could result in an easy basket for your team as it did for the Czech Republic in their matchup vs. Estonia.
International basketball to me is some of the best tactical basketball that a current or even aspiring coach can watch and gain tremendous insight from. It can also allow you to never have an off-season when it comes to watching basketball, and if you are anything like me, that is a positive as I can never get enough hoops. Another thing I have picked up as I have begun work on the EuroBasket 2015 playbook is perhaps some insight as to why Jan Vesely’s game did not quite translate to the NBA game. Jan is a very good post threat, and when he gets the ball back to the basket, he presents a very formidable scoring threat. However with the size in the NBA, I do not believe Vesely’s outside shooting was good enough for him to be a solid enough NBA player to stay in a normal rotation. Jan’s size is what I feel plays a major role in holding him back, don’t get me wrong he is listed 7’0’’, however at only 235 pounds, he was unable to be a strictly back to basket post-man in the league, even if he was able to, we all know that the old fashioned block to block big man has become the dying breed of at least professional basketball. His inability to knock down the outside shot, or attack consistently off the dribble against quicker defenders lead to the downfall of Vesely after being selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft, after many prior to the draft compared his game to and predicted a similar transition as Dirk Nowitzki and Andrei Kirilenko.
I hope you enjoy this play, and could potentially tuck it away in your mind, or maybe use it as a Horns post entry counter, or just a simple pressure release for teams who really like to get out and overly deny the passing lanes. I look forward to continuing my work on the EuroBasket 2015 playbook. Best Wishes!
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More on Coach Kyle Pertuset
Kyle Pertuset began being involved within the coaching profession at a very young age, the 2005 Minford, Ohio Graduate began as a 7th and 8th grader assisting with the Minford Biddy Basketball program in his hometown. Directly after high school Pertuset began assisting in the Jr. High Boys’ program at Minford Local Schools while coaching his first season of AAU Basketball with the Southern Ohio Magic. During the summer of 2009 Pertuset was hired as 7th Grade Head Boys’ Basketball Coach at Minford Middle School and Head 8th Grade Coach the year prior. During his tenure as Jr. High Boys’ Coach he also served as an assistant on the varsity level under former Minford Head Coach Kyle Copley who worked under Hall of Fame Women’s Basketball Coach, Robin Hagen-Smith at Shawnee State University. Pertuset also worked under current Minford Head Boys’ Coach Josh Shoemaker who is a Minford Alumnus. While Pertuset was at Minford the Falcons made a trip to the District Semi-Finals. In the spring of 2010, Pertuset was hired by Jeff Lisath to be the Head Jr. High Boys’ Coach at Piketon high school, 2 seasons following the varsity programs’ state final four appearance. Pertuset also volunteered and assisted at the varsity level at Piketon, and was a part of 2 district tournament appearances, a district championship, and one regional semi-final appearance. Pertuset has a combined 5 years of AAU Basketball experience working for both the Southern Ohio Magic, South Central Rebels, and Ohio Rebels Elite(Mansfield), where he coached age groups varying from 8th grade student-athletes all the way to the varsity level. Pertuset served 2 seasons as the Boys’ Varsity Head Coach at Lucas High School in Richland County, Ohio where he was heading up the rebuilding process, most recently Lucas hired assistant Taylor Iceman to take over the reign of Lucas program after Pertuset’s departure to his current job as Boys’ Varsity Head Basketball Coach at Manchester High School in Adams County, Ohio, as he sought to get closer to family, friends, and his Southern Ohio roots. Pertuset takes over the Greyhounds following Aaron Lockhart who lead the Greyhounds to 3 Sweet 16’s and 1 Elite 8 appearance.