This out-of-bounds formation can be used in a variety of ways. It is simple, yet not often seen on the basketball court … therefore it can be very advantageous. In this 4-Across Tight play, the ball is inbounded and then returned to the passer after he cuts past 3 teammates. It’s simple to execute and can create an open jump shot or 3-pointer. We’ll hit this 4-across tight formation in future diagrams as well.
Players line up as shown; O1 is the inbounds passer and players 2-5 form a tight line just above the low block.
When the official hands the basketball to O1, O5 pulls out to the corner to receive the pass from O1. Assuming O5’s defender is denying the pass, O1 will most likely need to throw a lob over the defender. O5 can even seal off the defender like in the post to receive the lob pass.
After making the pass to O5, O1 will cut past O2, O3 and O4. He is essentially using a triple screen to lose his defender.
O5 makes the pass to O1 for the shot.
If no shot is available, O4 could curl around the top of the line for a possible pass from O1. Otherwise, simply progress into your offensive set.