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John Wooden's UCLA Offense

John Wooden's UCLA Offense

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    John Wooden's legacy as the best basketball coach of all time results not only from his unparalleled championship-winning record but also from his brilliance as a tactician and teacher. In John Wooden's UCLA Offense, Coach Wooden reconfirms his instructional genius in an unprecedented inside look at the offensive system that made his teams impossible to defend, including many never-before-published play options and insights.

    This richly detailed book and DVD presentation features the famous high-post and high-low attacks, many special play options, sideline and under-the-basket in-bound plays, and press-breaking tactics. This package gives you much more than just the standard Xs and Os. You'll gain insights on each facet of offensive play, the fundamentals for success as an individual and team on the offensive end, and the strategic nuances and teaching points that result in consistent, precise execution.

    Featuring principles used in today's popular motion and triangle offenses, John Wooden's UCLA Offense is still as potent and unstoppable today as it was during the Bruins' dynasty years. Whether you wish to add only certain options and plays, or want to incorporate the entire package into your offensive arsenal, every facet and step in the process is provided. Score big with this special chance to learn the game from a legend, and see your team's offensive productivity rise to new heights.

    Table of Contents

    PART I The Foundation
    Chapter 1 Origin of the Offense
    Chapter 2 Principles for Offensive Success

    PART II High-Post Offense
    Chapter 3 Guard to Guard to Center
    Chapter 4 Guard to Guard to Forward: Outside Cut
    Chapter 5 Guard to Guard to Forward: UCLA Cut

    PART III High-Low Offense
    Chapter 6 High-Low: Guard to High Post
    Chapter 7 High-Low: Guard to Wing

    PART IV Solutions to Pressure Defense
    Chapter 8 Half-Court Pressure Release
    Chapter 9 Three-Quarter-Court Press Attack
    Chapter 10 Full-Court Press Attack

    PART V Special Plays and Options
    Chapter 11 Special Half-Court Plays
    Chapter 12 Out-of-Bounds Plays

    PART VI Techniques, Tactics, and Team Play
    Chapter 13 Fundamentals and Drills
    Chapter 14 Game Preparation and Adjustments
    Chapter 15 Teamwork

    About the Author

    John Wooden is simply the most successful basketball coach in the history of the sport. In his 40 years as a head coach, Wooden compiled an unparalleled 885-203 overall career win-loss record (.813). Wooden's UCLA teams registered 620 wins and only 147 losses, won a record 10 NCAA championships, and achieved one of the most amazing winning streaks in all of sports with 38 straight NCAA tournament victories. His Bruin teams also set the all-time NCAA record by winning 88 straight games over four seasons, including consecutive 30-0 seasons in 1971-72 and 1972-73.

    As a high school basketball player at Martinsville, Indiana, Wooden won all-state honors three consecutive years. At Purdue University, he won letters in basketball and baseball his freshman year and later earned All-American honors as a guard on the basketball team from 1930 to 1932. He captained Purdue's basketball teams of 1931 and 1932 and led the Boilermakers to two Big Ten titles and the 1932 national championship.

    Wooden was the first person to be inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and coach. In 1999, ESPN named Wooden the Greatest Basketball Coach of All Time. He was also named The Sporting News Sports Man of the Year in 1970 and Sports Illustrated Sports Man of the year in 1973.

    Swen Nater was a UCLA player under Wooden and the first and only college player in history to be drafted in the first round of the NBA draft without ever having started a college game. Despite this fact, Nater went on to a 12-year professional career spanning three leagues: the American Basketball Association (ABA), National Basketball Association (NBA), and Italian League. He was the ABA Rookie of the Year, and he is the only player in the history of professional basketball to lead all three leagues in rebounding.

    After his playing career, Nater served as athletic director for 9 years at Christian Heritage College, where he also coached the basketball team to a national title. Currently, Nater is an assistant sporting goods buyer for Costco Wholesale, and he resides in the small town of Enumclaw, Washington, with his wife, Marlene.


    As the great teacher he is, Coach Wooden provides not only the “what” but also the “how” and the “why” of UCLA's legendary offensive attack. This book and DVD clearly detail the high post and high-low offenses as well as special plays and concepts that produced 10 NCAA Division I national championship teams.
    Pat Summitt
    University of Tennessee head coach, first women's coach to reach 800 victories

    John Wooden's UCLA Offense is a must for coaches seeking to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the game. This book and DVD provide a special opportunity to learn from two of the game's best teachers.
    Pete Newell
    Coach of Olympic, NCAA, and NIT championship teams

    John Wooden's UCLA Offense is truly much more than a textbook and DVD. Like Einstein and Newton, Coach Wooden was able to take a sophisticated theory and present it in its simplest, most useful form. In that way, his revelations about the components, continuity, flexibility, and creativity of the offense provide coaches with a tool akin to what the wheel and light bulb offered people in previous eras. Coach Wooden and Swen Nater ensure that you'll have everything you'll need to enlighten your offensive attack and get it rolling better than ever!
    Bill Walton
    Basketball Hall of Fame

    John Wooden's UCLA Offense reminds me of just how meticulous the greatest basketball coach of all time was in teaching the game and devising winning tactics. Even more valuable than the detailed Xs and Os are the many insights offered by the coach throughout the book and DVD. Learn from the best to teach and coach your best.
    Tom Izzo
    Michigan State University head coach