2.1.2 Turn out cuts
If the defender “trails” (running behind the cutter) then the cutter should curl back into the keyway.
Footwork – Forward Pivot
Players need to be able to execute different types of footwork, coming off the “turn out” cut.
First, they must be able to do a “forward” pivot as they catch the ball to face the basket. They land and pivot on the foot closest to the basket (black) and then turn to face. This footwork is very effective for an immediate shot.
Footwork – Reverse Pivot
Players must also be able to “reverse pivot” as they catch the ball. They pivot on the foot closest to the sideline (red) and “rip” the ball quickly toward the baseline as they reverse pivot. This footwork is effective when the defender has moved over the top of the screen, and the offence is catching the ball and looking to drive along the baseline.
“Reading” the Defence – Different cuts
The initial cut is a “straight” cut, where the defender is “caught” on the screen and the cutter moves into the “shadow” of the screen – directly behind the screen.
The screener must be in a low, balanced stance and the cutter cuts close to the screener, making sure that there is no gap which the defender can move through.
The curl cut is used if the defender is “trailing” the cutter (i.e. staying behind them in order to avoid running into the screen).
The cutter may curl tightly into the middle of the key or curl towards the elbow.
The screener can turn and “re-screen” so that their back faces the baseline corner – creating a “shadow” where the cutter moved to.
Incorporating turn out cuts in Offence
The “turn out” cut can be used in a variety of circumstances, such as:
“3 Out, 2 In” – Staggered High / Low Posts
Player 1 dribbles away from Player 3, who cuts across the key towards the ball.
Activity to Practice “Turn Out” Cuts
This shooting activity is a great way to practice “turn out” cuts, and in particular the footwork. The first player cuts to the basket, and then does a “turn out” cut to one side. They receive a pass and then the passer cuts to the basket, and does a “turn out” cut to the other side.
The coach can designate whether to use a forward or reverse pivot. Defence (either passive or aggressive) can be added to make the cuts “more realistic” and / or make the activity contested.