Furman 5-Out Offense: Core Concepts
Breaking down the Core Concepts of Furman's 5-Out Offense
One of my favorite offenses to watch and study in college basketball is Furman’s 5-Out Offense. They are one of the best off-ball cutting teams that I have seen and their spacing is always great, and combining modern actions with Princeton-based concepts makes them very difficult to defend.
The core of their offensive spacing is 5-Out with all 5 players stretching out the defense and then running actions off of it.
They can have a couple of “entries” or common places the offense starts depending on personnel and the flow of play. A common one is what is referred to as “Pistol 5,” a concept that the Miami Heat use with Bam catching the ball in the mid post/wing and running actions out of it.
When the ball is brought up on the wing, they pass the ball ahead and then can run split cuts, post-ups and off-ball cutting actions off it.
I call this the elbow but the catch can be from elbow lane line extended all the way out to the 3 point line. Off this they run split cut actions and reads with the most common action being a screen down for the corner.
Their ability to stretch the floor with shooters and good cutting leaves opportunities to take advantage when the defense falls asleep for even just a second.
Furman will come down in 5-Out and play through the trail man into what is called “Delay.”
A normal action out of this will be a quick reversal into a pindown in the middle of the floor.
If you want to learn all about Delay and NBA spacing you can find more information here:
5-Out Offense Spacing
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