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Open Practice with T.J. Otzelberger: Offense

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Open Practice with T.J. Otzelberger: Offense

Open Practice with T.J. Otzelberger: Offense

Increase your team's tempo and attack to break down the opposing defense!

  • Get an in-depth look at Coach Otzelberger's transition plan, half court offense, and individual skill development
  • Learn to play fast in the open court and put pressure on the defense through paint touches, attacking double gaps, and getting downhill
  • Discover drills that will elevate your practices and push players to play smart in transition, read the defense, and never take a possession off

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with T.J. Otzelberger,
UNLV Head Men's Basketball Coach;
former South Dakota State University Head Coach;
2018 Summit League Coach of the Year; 2018 Summit League Regular Season Champions;
former Assistant Coach at Iowa State University and the University of Washington

Up-and-coming head coach T.J. Otzelberger has implemented a fast-paced style of play at South Dakota State. Through his coaching philosophy, his players have learned to play at an up-tempo pace on both offense and defense.

In this video, you'll get an inside look at how Coach Otz teaches transition play into an attacking half court offense. Additionally, you'll learn how to craft a competitive practice session that gets players focused on one possession at a time.


A staple of Coach Otzelberger's offense is transition and getting the ball into the scoring area as quickly as possible to put pressure on the defense. He details how to push the ball up and down the floor and use your fast break to attack gaps in the defense. Using various transition drills, Otzelberger outlines how he creates a culture of playing fast with the goal of scoring at the rim as quickly as possible.

Skill Development

During the skill development portion of this video, you'll see two opportunities where players are broken out into two different groups. Each session is centered around creating driving angles in a gap or a double gap setting. Posts learn to rotate as the drive comes toward the basket while guards learn to attack and recognize gaps as the ball is moved around the court. In the second session, guards and posts learn to take pride in their defense.

Half Court Play

Once in the half court, Otzelberger demonstrates various actions he likes to use to open the floor up for driving angles or create downhill action as fast as possible. In the 6 Possession game, players get up and down the floor in transition and utilize dribble hand-offs, step up screens, and flip actions to get the offense going.

This open practice video gives you a detailed look at a fast-paced style of play. Coach Otzelberger does an excellent job of breaking down the actions that will lead to open gaps and driving angles for your players to attack.

183 minutes. 2018.

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