X-Cross – Man-to-Man Set Play


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Overview of the Play:

X-Cross is a unique play with many scoring options. The name of the play comes from the opening cuts made by the guards. This play is guaranteed to get your team open shot opportunities.

Key Personnel:

• There is no specific personnel needed as there are scoring opportunities for nearly all players.


Setup: The play starts in a high 2-3 formation.


1. The play begins with either of the top two guards making a pass to a wing player. For this example, 1 passes to 3.

2. After the pass, 1 and 2 then cut off 5 towards the opposite blocks. 1 should always cut first and then 2 follows. 3 should watch both of these cutters and if they’re open pass them the basketball for the open layup.

3. 4 then cuts to the top of the key using 5 as a screen and 1  pops out to the wing.

4. 3 swing the basketball to 4 who immediately passes to 1 on the wing.

5. Immediately after passing, 3 cuts baseline using a flex screen from 2. 1 must look inside and see if they can pass to 3 for the easy layup.

5. If 3 isn’t open, 4 and 5 set a staggered down screen for 2 who cuts to the top of the key for the open shot.

Coaching Points:

  • 5 must hold their position on the high post as 1, 2, and 4 use them as a screen. If 5 moves, a moving screen may be called.
  • If possible, the first pass to the wing should go to the player you want coming off the flex screen.