Basketball Plays Pop 54 Hammer Flare

Today’s Play was contributed by Syracuse Women’s Associate Head Coach Vonn Read. Vonn submits two plays each month from his book The Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays

Coach Read has also served as an assistant coach in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury, Orlando Miracle, and San Antonio Silver Stars.

He was an advanced scout for the Orlando Magic as well as The Charlotte Sting.


This is a good set for a 3 pointer.

Pop 54 Hammer Flare

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This is a good play for a quick 3-point shot against a Zone.

The 4 and 5 player will pop out to get the pass.

The 2 player (Shooter) will pop high for the pass and then reverse the ball to the 1 player.

The 3 player will cut to the opposite wing.






The 4 and 5 player will screen the outside defenders in the Zone to set up the flare screen for the 2 player.









If X4 and X2 cheat over the flare screens to deny the shot to the 2 player, both the 4 and 5 player will slip the screens.

The 5 player will slip and shoot the jumper at the nail. If X5 steps up to challenge the shot by the 5 player, the 5 player can go high low for the layup to the 4 player.







If X3 sinks to stop the layup by the 4 player, the 5 player can pass it to the 3 player for a 3-point shot.






Coaching Basketball

Coach Read has also put together The Basketball Encyclopedia of plays. You can check them out here: The Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays or read more about the books:

Any coach looking for the latest and innovative plays from the Professional, College, or High School levels can stop looking. With a compilation of over 7,700 different plays, you will never need to purchase another basketball playbook again. These playbooks can be used as a great reference tool for years to come. This 2 Volume Book includes plays from 19 different play categories, and they are the most extensive playbooks on the market.

The Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays (Platinum Series) contains over 7,700 Plays (Both Volumes combined) from the NBA, WNBA, USBL, and College levels from someone who has worked as an Advanced Scout or Coach on each level!!! This book has been intensely compiled over the last 21 years, with plays taken from a lot of NBA Coaches (past and present), WNBA coaches, and College coaches (Men’s and Women’s) from around the country.

Any coach that is serious about improving their knowledge of the game from an X and O standpoint will benefit tremendously from these books. These Books can be used to discover New Quick hitters, add a New Package to your playbook, or develop an entire Offensive System. There are a lot of new ideas and concepts in these books to study, and the Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays can be a great resource for coaches on all levels!!! This book is definitely for those X and O junkies who are always looking to improve as a Coach.


Here is the link: The Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays

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