Using Box Sets to Conceal Your Offense by Wes Kosel
Coaches are always looking for an edge over the opponent. One way to gain an edge on offense is to conceal your basic offensive set by using different initial formations. In this post, I will show you how to conceal a horns set and a 1-4 high set using an initial box set formation. This is useful if the opponent has your offense scouted, as starting in a box set can throw the opposing defense off. If you run any quick-hitters out of the box, the defense will have to be ready for that as well.
Box to Horns:
In this option, 2 and 3 start at the high post in the box set and cut to the opposite corners off of screens from 4 and 5. 4 and 5 then step up to the high post to screen for the point guard. At this point you are in your horns formation. Any number of horns plays can now be used, but I will show you one play with low post and high post entry options. In this play, the opposite high post player cuts to the basket after the point guard chooses which ball screen he will use. If the point guard cannot get a shot, he can pitch to 3 in the corner for a shot. This can be very effective, especially if your point is a threat to drive and if you have a good shooter in the corner. If this is not open, 3 has options to pass to 4 in the low post and 2 in the high post. Frame 4 shows the low post movement if the ball goes to 4, and Frames 5-6 show the high post movement if the ball goes to 2.
Box to 1-4 High:
In this option, 2 and 3 cut to the wing with 4 and 5 crossing each other to the opposite high post positions. At this point you are in a 1-4 high formation, and any number of plays can be used. Here is a play that gets screen the screener action for a low post entry or a shot in the middle of the floor. Once the ball gets to the high post, the opposite post player steps out to screen for the opposite wing. The ball-side wing cuts to the basket looking for a pass from the high post. If these cuts are not open, 2 continues to the corner and 3 steps across to screen for 4. 5 then screens for the screener (3), with 3 cutting to the ball-side elbow looking for a shot.