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Kevin Bruinsma

Youngstown State Men's Basketball Contributor since 05/29/13

About Kevin Bruinsma

Kevin Bruinsma is in his fourth season with the Youngstown State men's basketball program & his second season as Assistant Coach after spending the previous two years as Director of Basketball Operations.

As Director of Basketball Operations his duties included: overseeing all of the day-to-day operations, video and technology, team travel, academic support, community outreach, on-campus recruiting, serving as the summer camp liaison, and supervising team managers,

Prior to joing the Youngstown State staff, Bruinsma served as the Director of Basketball Technology at the University of Portland for the 2012-13 season.

At Portland, Bruinsma handled the day-to-day video operations, opponent and self scouting, developing recruiting materials and presentations, on campus recruiting, and managed the Pilot Teaching Board which was the first interactive video teaching board in the entire country.

During his year at Portland, the Pilots increased their win total from the previous season, and finished runners-up in the Las Vegas Classic Tournament.

He spent the previous three seasons as a graduate manager and video coordinator for Cleveland State University.

During his tenure with Cleveland State, the Vikings won the Horizon League Championship in 2011, participated in two Post-Season NIT Tournaments, and produced an NBA First Round Draft Pick in Norris Cole of the Miami Heat.

While obtaining a Master’s Degree in Sports Management (’12), Bruinsma’s responsibilities with the Vikings included: all video operations, scouting, assisting with recruitment organization, assistant camp director, and academic support.  

Prior his time at Cleveland State, Bruinsma was the junior varsity head boy's basketball coach and assistant varsity coach at Concord High School (MI) for two years. He also served as an advanced scout at Division III Albion College (MI) from 2007-09. He also has extensive experience working a variety of summer basketball camps.
Bruinsma’s first basketball technology experience was an internship with the Orlando Magic of the NBA, where his focus was on scouting and video breakdown during the summer of 2007.
A two-sport athlete at Spring Arbor University, Bruinsma was a member of the 2005 NCCAA National Championship team in basketball and also was team MVP and a two-time all-region soccer selection. He graduated from Spring Arbor in 2008 with a degree in secondary education.



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Basketball Play - UNC M-M BLOB


Kevin Bruinsma 05/20/2016

Down by six with 90 seconds left in the National Championship game North Carolina ran a quick hit baseline out of bounds play to get their best player #5 Paige an open 3-point look in the corner. He hit the shot and in a blink of an eye it went back to a one possession game. What I like about this Baseline out of bounds play is that it has a few options to get a lay-up that went un-noticed because Paige ended up hitting the 3 in the corner. The first action is the back screen set for the point guard to cut right to the rim for a quick entry pass and score. The second you don’t really see in the video due to the ball not reversing. If the pass would have been made to the top of the key to the 3 man who had set the back screen for 1, then 1 would have set a cross screen for the 5 man who had just set the screen to free up Paige for the shot. This put’s the 5’s defender in a really tough spot having to show or help on Paige then get screened going back the opposite way to an entire side cleared out for a post iso. See More

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Basketball Play - Oklahoma Post Iso

Oklahoma Post Iso

Kevin Bruinsma 05/16/2016

Oklahoma on offense ran a lot of dribble weave to force the defense to communicate and make decisions weather to switch hand offs, go under, open up and slide thru, or go over the top. This was one of the few actions they ran against Villanova to get the ball on the block. In this play I would recommend using your best player like Oklahoma used #24 Heild. The action is a simple rub screen to allow the post player to seal his man deeper then he normally would be able too. By using your best player to set the rub screen it forces his man to stay attached to him which creates essentially a double screen, plus the 5 man defending the post may show or offer some help in defending the best player. See More

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Basketball Play - Syracuse Flare On-Ball

Syracuse Flare On-Ball

Kevin Bruinsma 05/04/2016

This action is how Syracuse scored their first basket against North Carolina in the Final Four. It is a great play with Syracuse’s personnel utilizing #10 Cooney and his shooting ability. The action begins with the high ball screen while Cooney flares off a screen looking for his shot. When he doesn’t have a shot the other post sets a side ball screen for him to attack the basket. See More

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Basketball Play - Villanova M-M Press Break

Villanova M-M Press Break

Kevin Bruinsma 05/02/2016

Villanova excelled all year long in special situations and this press breaker was no exception. A very simple action in design that could have been very easily stopped if the back screen was just switched. In terms of getting the ball in this play will almost always work against a M-M Full Court Defense, be clearing out the front court it’s easy to just enter the ball to the 2 guard. In this specific case Villanova hits the home run and gets an And 1, however all of the options were open. The 2 was open, 5 was open coming back to the ball and the 1 would have been open if he continued running forward after setting the screen. See More

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Basketball Play - Iverson Cut - 4 Iso

Iverson Cut - 4 Iso

Kevin Bruinsma 07/03/2015

This is a play we ran at Illinois State to get an isolation look for our under sized 4 man against their bigger & slower 4 man. It ended up working out so he could just curl the screen to the rim for a lay-up but the play was originally designed for him to pop to the open side of the floor and play 1 on 1. The great thing about this action is there are so many things you can do out of the base iverson cut. See More

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Basketball Play - Wisco S/S Blob

Wisco S/S Blob

Kevin Bruinsma 05/21/2015

A traditional screen the screener set out of this normal formation would have the 5 man screening for the guard so the guard can pop to the corner and the 5 can dive to the rim. In this particular play Wisconsin reversed the action as they had already ran the traditional screen the screener once. Kaminsky instead of screening in received a screen and was able to roll right to the basket for a wide open slam dunk. #10 Nigel Hayes stays spaced out all the way on the opposite side of the floor to remove the other big from being located near the basket. See More

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Basketball Play - UK Iso Blob

UK Iso Blob

Kevin Bruinsma 05/21/2015

Although a very basic play it accomplished exactly what UK was hoping for, 1 on 1 with the ball 15 feet from the rim in their best dribble drive player’s hands. In the video included you will see that #1 Booker took the ball out and didn’t run the play correctly. You can tell he screwed the play up because #5 Harrison in the corner of the court is pointing and yelling at him to run off the double screen being set by the 4 & 5. Booker entered the ball to #2 Harrison who popped back to catch the ball at the elbow. With a shooter in the ball side corner, and the in-bounder running off a double screen set by the two bigs it eliminates help side defense so that Harrison now can play 1 on 1 from 15 feet away from the basket. See More

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Basketball Play - Wisco On-Ball Flare

Wisco On-Ball Flare

Kevin Bruinsma 05/11/2015

In this specific play Wisconsin made a modification to the common roll & replace ball screen set in which the 4/5 set a ball screen then roll to the rim while the other big lifts to the top of the key replacing him. This makes it tough for the defense to keep somebody in the hole to defend the roll guy. In this Wisconsin ball screen set after Frank Kaminsky sets the ball screen and begins to roll, the 4 man Nigel Hayes screens in for Kaminsky who flares to the wing. With Kaminsky’s man defending the ball screen and retreating quickly to get back to him, Hayes’ defender is in help side to pick up the rolling Kaminsky. Hayes is able to create a deep screening angle to pin Kaminsky’s defender in freeing him up for a wide open jump shot. This small variation was very effective as Kentucky’s bigs were more used to covering the traditional roll and replace action with Kaminsky rolling to the rim, and Hayes replacing him. See More

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Basketball Play - Kentucky Side On-Ball Sets

Kentucky Side On-Ball Sets

Kevin Bruinsma 05/02/2015

The first video clip is a simple side ball screen with a double screen on the weak side of the floor. The interesting thing about this action is the spacing UK uses on the weak side of the floor. The double screen is set just inside of the three-point line which is more commonly seen in NBA sets where defenses have to play tighter to their man due to everyone on the floor being able to make shots. Kentucky ends up getting a lay-up in the post out of this action as Wisconsin can’t over help with the double screen being right below the 3-point line. The second video clip is a ball screen set at the top of the key to an open side of the floor. If the guard can’t attack the open space he throws back to the popping 4 man who looks for his own shot. On his catch the 3 man that’s stacked up with the 5 man slams 5’s defender so 4 has a straight line pass to 5 sealing in the lane. The deep post catch forced Wisconsin to double down and left UK’s guard wide open for a 3-point shot. See More

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Basketball Play - Duke On-Ball Back Screen

Duke On-Ball Back Screen

Kevin Bruinsma 04/24/2015

Duke ran this play to free up Winslow going to the rim and once the ball is reversed it turns into a post iso for him. Okafor screws the play up by not moving to the weak side block, but Duke ends up getting a basket on a post move from Winslow. If Okafor would have slid over to the opposite block and ducked his man in, Winslow would have had a lob dunk after the back screen from the point guard. See More

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Basketball Play - Duke Horns Cross Screen

Duke Horns Cross Screen

Kevin Bruinsma 04/22/2015

In the first Final Four game between Michigan State and Duke the Blue Devils ran this set successfully four straight times for baskets. The action was very simple as the horns set had a big cross screen right into a ball screen. Michigan State couldn’t guard this set in the first half and it led to Duke building a lead they would never lose. See More

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Basketball Play - Chin - Ball Screen

Chin - Ball Screen

Kevin Bruinsma 04/10/2015

Tied 11-11 early in the 2015 National Championship game, UConn ran this set to get Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (The ALL TIME NCAA Women's Basketball Record Holder for 3FGM) an open look from 3 which she knocked down and UConn never trailed again on their way to a 10th NCAA National Championship. See More

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