Flex Warrior – Man to Man Play


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Overview of the Play

This play involves numerous screens and many open shot opportunities. I recommend this play to high school and older teams because timing, screening angles, making the right play, and being able to shoot from the outside are all very important.

Key Personnel:

  • Your point guard and shooting guard should be able to consistently make an open outside shot.
  • Your center must be able to set strong screens at the correct angles with good timing and it’s a plus if they have a post game too!


Setup: The play begins in a horns set with your wing players level with the lower blocks.


1. The play starts with 1 passing to either of the two post players on the elbow. Preferably the side with the best shooter on the wing.

2. 1 then cuts down the center of the lane and sets a flex screen for 2.

3. 2 can cut either high or low off the flex screen and looks for the pass from 4 and the easy layup.

4. 5 sets a down screen for 1 for a screen the screener action. 1 cuts to the top of the elbow or slot looking for the catch and shoot.

5. After screening for 1, 5 immediately sets another screen for 2 who cuts out to the wing.

6. If 1 wasn’t open for the shot, they must swing the basketball to 2 who should be open on the wing for the shot.

7. After screening 2’s player, 5 attempts to get a deep seal in the paint. If 2 wasn’t open, they can pass in for the score.

Coaching Points:

  • The play can be run either side of the floor, but the point guard should attempt to pass to the side of the team’s best scorer.
  • Screens must be set with the correct timing and angles.
  • Shot selection is crucial. Your players must read what the best shot is and be willing to pass up an ‘okay’ shot for a ‘great’ shot.