ISOLATION PLAY FOR ALL POSITIONS
Glenn Wilkes, President
Former Head Coach, Stetson University
Diagram 1 outlines the basic setup with the wing players at the free throw line and post players along the lane.
Digram 2 shows the cuts on the set so that 5 will get the "iso" drive. 3 cuts under basket to the left wing while 2 follows but cuts to the corner. 4 moves quickly up the lane as 5 loops and cuts to right elbow for pass from 1 and drive opportunity.
Diagram 3 shows the cuts needed to set-up 4 for the drive. 2 and 3 cut as in the previous diagram, but 5 loops and cuts to the left elbow while 4 loops behind 5 and cuts to the right elbow for pass from 1.
In diagram 4, the call is for the 3 player to get to the "iso" spot. 4 pops out to the left wing. 2 cuts as in previous play. 5 moves up lane as 3 cuts down middle of lane and, instead of cutting left, 3 cuts to the right elbow in driving position.
The same drive opportunity exists for 2 as for 3 in the previous diagram. Diagram 5 shows 4 cutting to the wing, 5 moving up to the left elbow and 3 cutting to the left corner as 2 loops under basket and cuts to the "iso" position.
Diagram 6 shows the movement for 1 to cut into the "iso" spot. 3 pops out to the position 1 would normally dribble to while 4 pops to the left wing, 5 cuts up to the left elbow and 2 cuts to the left corner. 1 passes to 3 and cuts hard to basket and loops back to the "iso" position at the right elbow. 3 should fake left and take 1 dribble right while he waits for 1 to get into position.
Of course there needs to be "counter" plays developed from this set so that the opponent will not always know you are running an "iso". An example of a counter play is shown in Diagram 7. Instead of passing to 5, 1 passes to 3 at wing who relays to 2 in corner for a post feed to 4. There are all types of possibilities for a coach to develop "counter" plays that will make the "iso" plays more effective.
Keep in mind that the post drive "iso" play shown in the previous article and these "iso" plays can be run from either side of the court. In this set, 4 and 5 simply move to the right side of the lane and 1 makes a decoy dribble to the left side instead of the right.
For these "iso" plays to be effective, each player must learn the proper footwork for the drive and must realize the importance of receiving the ball just inside the elbow.