Last week I had the opportunity to attend our Superconference during our Pro-D day and the keynote speaker was Mike Jones, the head coach of the famed DeMatha High School. He spoke on a number of topics, including his favorite practice drills, his man-to-man teaching progression, and the DeMatha version of the flex offense.
It starts out just like every other flex offense, like the Gonzaga, Boston College, or Maryland. They are 4 around 1, and the post sets a flex screen for the guard who flex cuts towards the ball,
This is where the DeMatha flex differs from others, instead of a downscreen, they set upscreens. O2 looks for O4 off the UCLA cut. O5 sets a flare screen for O1 who flares out to the other side.
If O4 is not open, then he goes and sets another upscreen for O5 who cuts to the low block and looks for a post-up.
Then the continuity goes again to the other side.
In addition to the main flex continuity they have, they have also added the following variations:
– they like the upscreens because once those guys go up to set those screens, the wing player always has the option to take his man off the dribble and get into the lane because everything is opened up with those 2 players setting upscreens.
– The top player can dribble/replace with the wing player if the wing is overplayed on the initial pass from top to wing
– The top play can always go backdoor if being overplayed on the reversal from wing to top
– After the ball is reversed from wing to top, if the wing player is being overplayed, the flex cutter can set a backscreen for the wing player and the top player can hit him going to the basket.
Finally, if you want to see a little video of it, here is some from Youtube, but you can’t see the whole continuity, you’ll have to buy it here to see it all,