1 - 4 High UCLA Cut Motion

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Name of Offense 1 - 4 High UCLA Cut Motion
Nickname "UCLA"
Type of Offense Motion Offense
Most appropriate age range(s) High School, College or Above
Best used against Any


This motion is run out of a 1-4 High set.

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  • Both wings should look to make a V-Cut to get open. If the defense is strongly denying the pass to the wing the player should make a backdoor cut and replace to the opposite side. The opposite wing will fill up to where the point originally was.
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  • After making the pass to the wing the guard at the top of the key should make a UCLA Cut and continue through to the weak side.
  • Once the PG has passed by and rubbed past the post player at the elbow the strong side high post player should set a cross screen. We utilize several options off this screen:
    • Curl to the basket.
    • Fade to the top of the key for an open look.
    • Slip screen by the screener.
    • High-Low look with the screener looking to seal off and a quick dump down into the paint.
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The motion continues with an open concept of O4 and O5 being able to flash to the block at will but quickly replacing back to the high post to ensure open space underneath.

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Alternate Scoring Options

Here are a few basic scoring motions that should not be forgotten in the UCLA motion.

The Quick Backdoor


Against overplaying denial defense have your wing players set up the man with a strong flash to the ball, then sharply make a backdoor cut. The PG should make a short dribble push to the player to set up the passing angle if you plan this ahead of time.

The Post Slip


While your post defenders are setting up to hedge or fight through the screen, quickly have a screener slip to the block looking for a quick open post feed.

Baseline Cut


If the help side defense guarding the players on the weak side of the court is neglecting to watch ball and man, have your wing player fade to the corner then make a strong baseline cut underneath the defense and establish strong on the block looking for a quick feed.

Post "Screen Outs"


Utilize your post players on the perimeter by having them "screen out". Wing players can set up their man by flashing to the ball then utilizing a back screen from a post player, or curl in front of the screen if the player tries to fight through. Teach your players how to read if a defender goes underneath or a defender tries to chase as this will make a difference in how they want to use a screen.