Marty Simmons - Evansville
Specifically singled out for his quick hitter lob play, the design requires solid timing and good reads. What Simmons stresses that others barely mention, is the non-verbal communication; particularly the good eye contact with the passer.
Leon Rice - Boise St
Flex and shoot! But the diversity of the system is what makes it a championship strategy; it includes multiple options, counters…from three pointers to lob’s right at the rim, and everything in between. It’s a scoring mentality that the Gonzaga program was built on and Boise St is capitalizing on.
Bill Coen - Northeastern
Coen understands the possession obsession of modern play. And as his 2003 SI quote "Now the offense has to read the defense” proves, he too has evolved and ‘Shuffled’ his career by that very philosophy.
Ernie Kent - Washington St
This octane offense creates lots of movement for great looks and various scoring opportunities. Diverse, the system is applicable in late and pivotal game situations. The ball is just as athletic as the payers, quickly getting to the top scoring option in a scoring position. Twice effective its simple and works to tire the other team.
Tony Shaver - William & Mary
Dating back to 2006 Shaver made a change offensively from an exclusive up-tempo offense to more balanced driving and shooting, drawing fouls with balanced scoring. But make no mistake, the spread floor reliant on spacing, is just as potent as ever with quick hits, effective reading and reacting, as well as cuts and motion.
Gregg Marshall - Wichita State
Marshall has enjoyed 'Smashing' success at WSU through stack action and misdirection. His quick hitters isolate and attack poor defenders (especially at the point position) as well as a player in foul trouble while also producing wide open lay-ups and threes.
Dave Rose - BYU
What else would you expect from a Phi Slamma Jamma player but nonstop pace and early offense. Today, his teams keep the defense on their heels with quick hitters’ off-ball screening action and counter plays; his basic transition offense, as well as 4 out 1 in sets. And let’s not forget the SLOB loop set that is a great transition offense for quick shots.
Kermit Davis - Middle Tennessee
Davis lives by the pitch ahead philosophy with his ‘Three Side Action’. It actively involves every player being aggressive with slips for the five, refusals for the two, drives for the trailing four, a cut by the one and a fill from the three. Before the defense knows what happened they are back on offense.
Chris Collins - Northwestern
Similar to the philosophy of his mentor coach K, spacing is designed by the three point line. He is looking first for a pitch ahead to attack quickly through the big. Still, it’s the simultaneous, multiple screening and cutting actions beyond the quick post pass that opens up other early opportunities off the ball.
Scott Drew - Baylor
Athletic and big, Drew can interchange positions in their sets creating multiple match-up problems for any defense which his Bears take advantage of early and often.
Bill Self – Kansas
There are some great quick hitters in every Self game plan. And that’s just one reason they are one of the most efficient offense nationally. So high powered, in fact, many opposing teams play zone; still till the attacks come in several different ways with a balanced court of two post players inside and three guards on the perimeter.
Mike White - Florida
The Frankenstein of quick hitters, White picks and pulls parts of multiple highly successful strategies from the likes of Beilein and Kryzewski to create his own offensive monster. They open the floor and beat you one on one or with a pass and a shot.
Chris Mack - Xavier
Mack’s organized chaos is a structured fast break offense utilizing capable ball handlers and passers. Designed exclusively off missed shots he hits quickly attacking a defense at its weakest point.
Mark Few - Gonzaga
Exploiting aggressive shows, or lack thereof, from a defense out of the 1-4 set, the Gonzaga focus is getting the ball to the post first or the three second. But the genius is in the disguised actions to misdirect the defense
Sean Miller - Arizona
The Miller early offense is a SWOT analysis. Identify your Strengths, id their Weaknesses, force them to run creating Opportunity, and attack with the Threat of Miller's Wheel, Wheel Flare and Flash action or any other from a family of plays to keep the defense guessing.
Andy Enfield - USC
Utilizing a 16 second shot clock, Enfilds lengthy and athletic players love to run and score the ball quicker than any other team in the country.
Duggar Baucom – Citadel
Baucom teams are always good in transition with the ability to score in a variety of ways. His offense has been called the “sprint and strike” and “loot and shoot”. Essentially when you move the ball well, you get open threes… quickly.
Ben Jacobson – Northern Iowa
His disciplined, controlled offensive attacks consist of pace and high ball screens blended with point guard play. The attack comes from dribble penetration and opens up the low post, or from a quick two-man game and other actions off set plays especially a box set.
Jay Wright - Villanova
In his own words:“You are never as open as when you first catch the ball.” With every catch they are looking to score first; from anywhere in the gym. Still, the Wright decision will always be made from a system that teaches high IQ by giving players freedom to read with spacing and options to create for others.
Chris Holtmann - Ohio State
Be it sprint-to-screen or horns, a Holtman quick hitter plays to the strength of his players putting them in a position for success through constant movement, spacing, and screening. Not only for his players, it has put his coaching career in a position for continued continuity too.
Roy Williams - UNC
Dean Smith is smiling looking down on the house he left behind as his ‘Carolina Break’ ushered in a new offense and paved the way for his successor Williams. The current version of his early offense system is simply called run. Thats what the defending champs do in route to 105 possessions a game.
John Beilein - Michigan
This four guard attack specializes in the hand off for quick shots or scoring off the dribble. With a floor full of shooters they can stretch a slower reaction based defense by sprinting to the three point arc and getting shots up quickly. Shots they rehearse over a thousand times a day in practice.
Randy Bennett - St Mary's
The ability to pick and pop while reading the roller is the key factor for the nations most efficient offense. Bennett enjoyed success as an early adopter of the pick and role and confusing the defense forcing them to focus on multiple actions. Its a Mike D’Antoni philosophy with a key difference on how the screen is set.
Mike Kryzewski - Duke
The success of this quick strike is predicated on a ball handler with full court vision to see the multiple screens and curls on both sides of the court and determine the best option. This high IQ game of quick read and react by the offense producers both points and leadership.
Dana Altman - Oregon
A large percentage of Altmans six-hundred plus wins are thanks to a unique early offense. More in line with NBA play, its an individual attack; and even uses the dribble. Such a position-less offense has its advantages on the recruiting trail too and he has excelled at creating a system around his players.
Examining offensive efficiency, scoring, creativity and innovation in play design, frequency of possessions, and more, here are the top DI head coaches who live and die by the early offense quick hitting philosophy.