When executing a pick and roll most of the emphasis is placed on the ball handler but the responsibilities of the screener are just as important. Here are seven tips to be followed when setting an on ball screen.
- Always sprint to set the screen. Getting there before the defender will eliminate an effective hedge.
- Jump stop and straddle the near leg of the ball handler’s defensive player.
- Once the screen is set remain stationary until the ball handler has cleared. Don’t stick a knee out and get an offensive foul
- If you want to draw a foul on the ball handler’s defender, set the screen on your heels. This will ensure that even the slighest contact will knock you off balance without having to “flop.”
- When rolling, point your chest to the ball and roll hard to force a defensive adjustment or rotation.
- If both defenders go with the ball handler pop back for a jump shot.
- If your defensive player commits too early then slip the screen and dive hard to the basket.