Head Men's Basketball Coach – Pratt Cannoneers
Earlier this spring, I made this video breaking down the University of Virginia’s blocker-mover system.
I was introduced to the intricacies of the system by Mount Saint Mary College head coach Ryan Kadlubowski. Coach Kad raved about the offense, because of the way it tired out a defense and constantly moved the help defense.
Watching as many Virginia games as possible made a few things about this offense stand out. The first is that just like every other offense, it’s not what you do, but how you do it. While the system and actions are great here, if you don’t read screens well, execute out of 2-man-games and cut hard, the Xs & Os become irrelevant.
The second was that there are so many options out of the offense, that you can tailor it to whatever your advantages are. If you have excellent playmaking guards, then there’s a ton of ways to find ball screens and handoffs in the system. If you have dominant post up bigs, there are plenty of ways that you can tinker with the actions to feed into the post.
The more your guards become comfortable reading screens, the more dangerous it becomes. I am particularly fond of the curls off the down screens (and rescreens), because it’s extremely hard to have a third defender in the area. Either a shot is available off the curl or the big is wide open for a dump off.
The versatility and constant motion of this system makes it extremely dangerous. When I get my first head coaching job, it’s certainly a system that I will consider installing based on the strengths and weaknesses of my team.