Using False Motion: Kentucky Wildcats

Using False Motion: Kentucky Wildcats

During the 2016-2017 season, the Kentucky Wildcats featured a pair of dynamic guards. De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk were terrific playmakers in space. Fox was also terrific in pick and roll situations. During the season, Coach Calipari and the Wildcats used “False Motion,” to get player movement that led into isolations and ball screens. It was a great way for the Wildcats to create space, occupy the help defenders, and get their best offensive players involved. Below are three sets, which feature the use of “false motion.”


“X-Down 52”

This set uses “False Motion,” as the x-cut is used to allow the Wildcats to get a catch for their 5-man at the top of the key. This triggers the down screen, into the dribble hand off. The dribble hand-off is designed with two options in mind. It gets Monk the ball on the move, with the potential for the defense to have to switch. It also has an option to create a post isolation.


“4-pop Weave”

Coach Calipari uses this “false motion” set to isolate De’Aaron Fox. Fox has the option to attack on the catch, or signal for a race out ball screen. After the 4-man pops to catch the initial pass, he triggers the weave, and then spaces to the opposite corner. The weak side guard cuts through to the opposite corner, which occupies the help defense, and clears out the middle of the floor for Fox.


“Weave 5-up”

This is another “false motion” set, similar to “4-pop Weave,” which is used to clear out the middle of the floor, occupy the help defenders, and get De’Aaron Fox involved in a high ball screen. In the second clip, you will see a great back cut, as the help defender recognizes that the high ball screen is coming.


“False Motion” is a terrific way to create player movement, in setting up an isolation or ball screen action. The ability to occupy the help defenders creates spacing for a great offensive playmaker. If you watch the NBA, you will see a lot of “false motion” being used, and it is a trend that you can expect to see increased in college basketball.


If you are interested in finding a way to incorporate “false motion” into your system, please do not hesitate to contact Coach Doug Brotherton. You can reach him via e-mail at: or via Twitter at: @CoachBrotherton

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