John Wooden UCLA Offensive Plays

John Wooden UCLA Offensive Plays by Wes Kosel

John Wooden won over 600 games while coaching at Indiana State and UCLA and won over 80% of his games. While at UCLA, Wooden led his Bruins to 10 National Championships in a 12 year span, winning 7 National Championships in a row from 1967 to 1973. Not only was John Wooden a great coach, but he was a great player as well. Wooden played at Purdue and was a member of the 1932 Helms National Championship team.
Here are 3 offensive plays from Coach Wooden. All 3 plays start from the same formation, and differ based on the action from the 2 guard. The plays can either be called by the coach, or the 2 guard can determine the play by what cut he makes.

John Wooden UCLA Offensive Plays – Kentucky

This play starts with a pass from the point guard to the 2 guard to the wing. 2 then cuts around 4 to the short corner. If 2 is open for a hand-off or in the short corner, 4 can pass to 2 for a scoring opportunity. If not, 4 will pass back to 1 and cut to the basket off of a screen from 5. If 4 is not open, 3 will cut to the corner off of a double screen from 5 and 2.

John Wooden UCLA Offensive Plays – Santa Barbara

This play is very similar to Kentucky, but starts with a UCLA cut from 2 after swinging the ball to the wing. 4 then dribbles back toward 1. 1 back-cuts, and 3 comes off the double screen from 5 and 2.

John Wooden UCLA Offensive Plays – Indiana

This play has the same initial action getting the ball to the wing, but in this play 2 makes a fake cut to the basket and pops back out to get the ball back from 4. 4 cuts to the basket off of a screen from 5, and 2 can either pass to 4 off the cut or reverse the ball to 1 for a better passing angle. If 4 is not open, 5 will turn back to the ball after setting the screen and will receive a pass from 1. 2 cuts to the wing then makes a strong back-cut to the basket.

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