John Groce Fighting Illini Horns Set Plays
Attached are 2 Horns set plays from Illinois Head Coach John Groce and the Fighting Illini Basketball team. In these Horns set plays, Groce does a good job spreading the floor to open up passing options to his post players. One of the disadvantages of using Horns is that often a player is “stuck” in the corner without moving. This is the case in the first play. Although this is not always ideal, it can be used as an advantage by placing a player that you would like to hide in the corner spot. In addition, if the opposing team has a highly talented defender that you want to remove from the play, put his man in the corner. This will take the defender out of the play entirely or cause the coach to switch who he is guarding.
John Groce Fighting Illini Basketball Horns Set Plays – Horns Post Flare
1 dribbles off of a screen from 5 as 3 moves from the corner to the opposite low post. As 1 clears the screen, his first look is to turn the corner and attack the basket. If 1 doesn’t have anything, his next option is to pass to 5 flaring off of a screen from 4. If 5 isn’t open, 4 moves to the wing to set a ball-screen for 1. 1 drives middle as 4 rolls to the basket. 1 can also pass to 3 cutting off of a down screen from 5.
John Groce Fighting Illini Basketball Horns Set Plays – Horns Post Cross
1 dribbles toward 5 as if he is going to receive the screen from him, but 5 instead cuts hard to the opposite short corner. 4 follows in behind 5 to set the ball-screen for 1. 1 drives to the top of the key as 4 rolls to the basket. 5 clears out to the corner to create space for 4. If 4’s defender is fronting the post, 1 can pass to 3 who looks inside to 4 sealing his defender.