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“Running the Point: Part Four, The Wing Catches the Ball”

Posted by Steve Bzomowski on October 23, 2006

After the point has drawn the defense and dished the ball to the wing, what does the wing do with the ball? Remember: this is a 3 on 2 break. It is critical (critical in a basketball sense) that the wing catch the ball under control. That is: be able to stop with good balance so that if you need to change your mind, you are still able to make the play the way you want to. Typically, you’ll know if the shot is yours even before you catch the ball. It is important, therefore, to have your hands and feet ready to go up with it or by the defender if the defender has over committed to the pass. (Is this brilliant or what?) If the shot is not yours, the other two players on offense need to stay spread out, i.e., away from each other. The wing influences the lone defender trying to deal with the next pass by looking one way and passing the other. Look at the foul line player and thread the pass through for the lay-up. Look toward the hoop and dish to the foul line. Like taking a candy from a baby and with the same result: the defenseless will be crying all the way home. (Sorry baby.)

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