It was recently suggested to me that I provide some more information on the x and o’s that I discuss in my articles for those that may not now of them or have a great understanding of them. With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of the Virginia basketball Continuity ball screen offense.
Okay, so in the Continuity Ball Screen set there are two designated big men who act primarily as on ball screeners. In addition, there are three ball handlers that alternate off attacking pick and rolls, hence the ‘Continuity’ part of Continuity Ball Screen.
It starts with a ball screen on one side that is cleared out except for the two running the pick and roll. There are then two ball handlers on the alternative side, with another big at the elbow. If there is nothing to attack off the initial screen, that big man at the elbow pops out for the ball and sets a screen for one of the ball handlers on his side, while the other clears out. Essentially it continues like that until a ball handlers decides to attack off a pick, by either driving to the hoop, dishing to the man rolling, driving and then kicking, or among other options, pulling up for a jumper. Here’s an example that I annotated:
(please excuse my atrocious attempt at drawing)
Here, Diakite sets the first pick, Guy clears out the back side, Clark uses the pick but doesn’t attack. Hunter pops out at the top of the key.
Next, Hunter catches the ball, Jerome clears through, and Guy steps up to receive the ball from Hunter.
Hunter then sets the pick and rolls. Guy uses the pick, but again, doesn’t attack and Diakite pops out for the pass. Clark clears through.
Guy passes to Diakite, Clark clears through, and Diakite transfers it to Jerome and then sets the pick.
Diakite slips the pick, and loses his man in the process. Jerome then feeds Diakite on the backside for a nice floater right in the heart of the paint.
Here’s a video of this offense in use: