Play breakdown: Jalen Hudson’s game winner

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(Terminology and diagrams provided by Kris Wright of TheSabre.com; text by Will Stewart)

A quick analysis of Jalen Hudson‘s game winner against Wake Forest shows what a good play designer Buzz Williams is, and how many options the Hokies had on the final play.

The play is a sideline inbounds that starts with a “zipper screen” to free Devin Wilson for the inbounds pass. The Hokies set two down screens on the play, with a zipper — Wilson — moving away from the basket vertically.

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Wake does not switch on the inbounds, and Wilson receives the pass easily and sets the play.

The next phase of the play is a triple screen for Hudson, set by Shane Henry (0), Adam Smith (3), and Ahmed Hill (13), the inbounder on the play.

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Hudson is all the way down on the block, and he comes from near the baseline and runs past the three screens by Henry, Smith, and Hill.

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