King Rice: Transition Offense and Secondary Break Attacks
Teach your athletes to play freely and read the defense in transition!
- Utilize transition drills that incorporate fundamental basketball skills
- Learn how to be successful without a strong post presence
- Learn how to use the North Carolina secondary break and counters to get multiple scoring options inside
with King Rice, Monmouth University Head Coach; 2016 MAAC Coach of the Year; 2016 MAAC Regular Season Champions; former Head Coach of the Bahamas National Team; played for Dean Smith at North Carolina (1991 team co-captain; helped lead them to the NCAA Final Four)
Having learned the game at the college level as a player from legendary UNC head coach Dean Smith, King Rice seeks to empower his players with a wide-open transition offense. Using concepts learned from his playing days, as well as adjustments he has developed while coaching at Monmouth, Rice uses the on-the-court presentation to demonstrate basic drills and secondary break actions that will help your team keep consistent pressure on the defense and set up multiple opportunities for easy baskets in an up-tempo offensive setting.
Coach Rice focuses on teaching you how to create several options in transition offense. Learn to teach your players how to sprint, space and communicate on the floor. He shows you how to teach your forwards to read the defense and how to run in transition even if they are even with or behind the point guard.
Basic Transition Offense Drills
Starting with the basic drills he learned as a player, Rice shows how to ramp up the intensity in a variety of full court transition drills. These drills are designed to work on the fundamentals of rebounding, passing, catching, finishing at the rim, and running the floor. All of these fundamentals are critical to the success of transition offense.
Once the initial concepts of the offense are demonstrated, Rice illustrates how to tailor the break to the strengths of your individual players.
After building a consistent template for getting out on the break, Rice shows how to utilize multiple options on the secondary break to score while the defense is still working to get set.
You'll find value in the way Rice disguises a variety of secondary break options off the same basic set. As your players get more familiar with the options, they'll be empowered to make calls and reads in transition that take advantage of how the defense reacts.
The first option is to get the ball inside to the post. "Transition offense" is then finished off with a rear screen for the trailer in an attempt to throw the lob pass inside. Another version of "transition offense" is shown and is run as a call on a free throw. The play, known as "invert", has the trailer setting a down screen instead of receiving a rear screen.
Secondary Break Variations and Counters
Coach Rice begins showing his variations with a middle ball screen that have the trailer receive a back screen or set a down screen. A wrinkle is put in to deal with a big man who cannot get an advantage posting up by setting a double drag ball screen in transition with one big rolling and the other popping out to the perimeter.
More variations are presented with the point guard making the calls and players making adjustments to them. The point guard's freedom to create and provide different options to his teammates to change the break gives players the belief that it is their game to play.
Rice's style is designed to give players the ability to make decisions and execute on the fly. The freedom to play in transition offense will provide scoring opportunities for your best players and team play that will have your offense scoring all night long.