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Matt Wheeler

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About Matt Wheeler

Matt Wheeler has spent the last 10 years coaching in the Orlando, FL area.  For the last 6 seasons he was at Olympia High School where he spent time as assistant boys varsity coach, head girls varsity coach, and head boys varsity coach.  During his tenure there he saw 4 players reach the Division 1 level and 12 players receive basketball scholarships.

Previously, Coach Wheeler was an assistant coach at Montverde Academy under then head coach Kevin Sutton.  While at Montverde Academy he assisted with player development, conditioning programs and created team playbooks and scouting reports. Coach Wheeler's experience also includes winning the 2008 3A Girls Basketball Florida State Championship as an assistant at Bishop Moore Catholic High School.

Coach Wheeler was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He got his coaching start at Cascade College where he was the student assistant for the women’s basketball program while also participating on the men’s JV basketball team. Coach Wheeler resides in Orlando, Florida with his wife Kiana. 

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Basketball Play - Team USA - PNR Twist vs Zone

Team USA - PNR Twist vs Zone

Matt Wheeler 09/11/2019

Team USA used multiple strategies to try to combat the zone defense that Turkey played throughout most of their World Cup game. In this play the two ball screens resulted in Kemba Walker (1) being matched up against a post player in the middle of Turkey's zone. On the first ball screen from 4, x1 fought through the screen to get back matched up with 1. 4 cut to the wing to occupy x2 and keep him from providing help on the second screen. When 1 dribbled off the screen from 5 to the middle of the floor, he was able to attack x5 one on one fand use his quickness advantage to get a basket. See video clip below. ----- Click here for more Team USA sets! See More

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Basketball Play - Australia - Rip STS

Australia - Rip STS

Matt Wheeler 09/11/2019

Australia opened their World Cup match against France with this play to get Patti Mills a shot. 2 starts the play by setting the back screen for 4. While this is happening, 3 cuts to the wing so his defender can't provide help on the possible lob pass to 4. 2 then cuts off the screen from 5 to get the ball on the wing. If 2 can't turn the corner right away for the shot, 5 follows to set a ball screen as the other players spread out along the perimeter for spacing. See More

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Basketball Play - Argentina - PNP Cross

Argentina - PNP Cross

Matt Wheeler 09/11/2019

Argentina ran this quick action to get the ball into the post early in their World Cup quarterfinal game against Serbia. 3 started the play by cutting to the opposite corner to create some movement. As 1 turned the corner on the ball screen, 5 was cutting to the basket off the cross screen from 2. Argentina's point guard, Facundo Campazzo put some pizzazz on the behind the back pass to get Marcos Delia the dunk. See video clip below. See More

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Basketball Play - Turkey - PNR Twist

Turkey - PNR Twist

Matt Wheeler 09/10/2019

The Turkish National team ran this play late in the 4th quarter to get an open look at a three-point shot for their point guard. 1 dribbles to the right off the initial ball screen from 4. As 4 pops to the opposite wing, 5 follows for a second ball screen to get 1 open for the shot. See video clip below. Alternate Ending Option: PNR Twist Floppy See More

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Basketball Play - Turkey - PNR Twist Floppy

Turkey - PNR Twist Floppy

Matt Wheeler 09/10/2019

The Turkish National Team ran this play early in their overtime game againt Team USA to set up Cedi Osman for three-point shot to give them the lead. Turkey had previously run the PNR twist action with two ball screens for their point guard. This time they went into a floppy action after the ball screens, with 2 screening for 3 under the rim and 4 and 5 setting down screens for both wing players for a shot. See video clip below. Base Play: PNR Twist See More

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Basketball Play - Team USA - Swing DHO Floppy vs Zone

Team USA - Swing DHO Floppy vs Zone

Matt Wheeler 09/09/2019

Team USA basketball faced a zone defense for much of their game against Turkey in the FIBA World Cup. They were down 1 late in overtime and ran this play to get a shot for Joe Harris (3) off of some movement. This is a common play that Gregg Popovich uses with the Spurs against man defense. They made some adjustments to run this as an effective play against Turkey's 2-3 zone defense. 1 reversed the ball to 5. Then 5 went into a dribble handoff with 2. but didn't need to set a good screen on x2. This allowed x2 to get through the screen and shift out of the wing area to matchup with 2 up top. 5 then screened x4 on the outside of the zone to get 3 open. This essentially forced Turkey to matchup man to man with x4 having to guard 3. x4 trailed on the screen and 3 was able to turn the corner on the catch and drive to the basket. See More

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Basketball Play - Toronto Raptors - Elbow Flare Gut

Toronto Raptors - Elbow Flare Gut

Matt Wheeler 05/22/2019

The Toronto Raptors ran this play late in the second overtime of Game 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks to get the ball to Kawhi Leonard (3) where he can attack the paint. After setting the flare screen 3 cuts around 5 to get the handoff. Since x3 doesn't want to give up the open three-point shot, he trails 3 on the handoff. 3 then turns the corner to attack the basket. In this situation, x5 provides help on the drive which gets 5 open. See More

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Basketball Play - Milwaukee Bucks - EOG X SLOB

Milwaukee Bucks - EOG X SLOB

Matt Wheeler 05/22/2019

Milwaukee ran this play down 2 with 7.1 seconds left in Game 3 against the Toronto Raptors. The Bucks got the ball to Khris Middleton (2) cutting to the corner off of 5 for the first option. The defense closed hard to take away the three-point shot allowing Middleton to get to the basket for a layup. This play also has a secondary option with 3 cutting off the screen from 5, getting the ball on the run to attack the basket. Playbook Download: Late Game Situations See More

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Basketball Play - Golden State Warriors - Weak Corner PNR

Golden State Warriors - Weak Corner PNR

Matt Wheeler 05/22/2019

The Golden State Warriors used this play during the first quarter of Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers to get the ball to Draymond Green (4) on the roll and he can make a read to pass to the open man. Once the ball is reversed to Steph Curry (1), Green set the ball screen and rolled to the basket. The Blazers hard hedged the screen which got Green temporarily open. The Blazers had to provide help on him to take away the layup. Green read where the help came from and passed to Andre Iguodala for the open three-point shot. See More

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Basketball Play - Denver Nuggets - Corner OOB Elevator

Denver Nuggets - Corner OOB Elevator

Matt Wheeler 04/29/2019

Inbounding the ball from the corner can be a difficult situation. The Nuggets started this play with good spacing to make sure they got the ball in. Once 1 got the pass they ran a decoy action with 3 cutting across screens from 5 and 4 to shift the defense. 1 then dribbled back to the original side to pass the ball to 2, cutting through the elevator screen for a shot. Blog Post: What's Your Basketball Genre? See More

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Basketball Play - Houston Rockets - Stagger Slip SLOB

Houston Rockets - Stagger Slip SLOB

Matt Wheeler 04/29/2019

The Houston Rockets were down 5 with 24.4 seconds left in game 1 against the Golden State Warriors. They needed at least two scores to tie the game so they needed to get a quick basket and then foul to extend the game. This play worked very well against the Warriors strategy of switching all screens. James Harden (2) started the play as a decoy, setting the second screen for Eric Gordon (3). The Warriors switched off of Harden on the screen to take away an open three from Gordon. Harden then flashed to the ball to receive the pass from 5 and quickly attack the basket. Blog Post: What's Your Basketball Genre? See More

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Basketball Play - Texas Tech Red Raiders - Runner

Texas Tech Red Raiders - Runner

Matt Wheeler 04/08/2019

Texas Tech runs this play to get the ball to their star player Jarrett Culver (3). The Red Raiders will run him off of baseline screens to get him open for a shot on either side of the floor. If he can't get open on the baseline 3 will cut up top for the pass. They will then go back to their motion principles with 4 & 5 will setting flare screens for the guards. 3 can read the play and make the pass to either cutter or screener. If the ball goes to 4 or 5 they will then go into a side pick and roll. Blog Post: Texas Tech Defense Puts Opponents on Red Alert See More

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