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Matt Wheeler

Matt Wheeler Basketball Contributor since 07/20/16

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 - Atlanta Hawks - UCLA High Low Lob

Atlanta Hawks - UCLA High Low Lob

Matt Wheeler 04/26/2017

The Atlanta Hawks ran this play to get a great look for a lob after a time out in their playoff game against the Washington Wizards.. A common action in this set is 2 coming of the stagger screen for a shot. In this play the Hawks used that action as a decoy and then 3 slipped the screen to the short corner. This cleared the help defense and put their 5 in a one on one position in the post. 5 then fakes the duck in and spins off of his man to catch the lob pass for the dunk. See More

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Basketball Play - Milwaukee Bucks - Handoff Rip Lob

Milwaukee Bucks - Handoff Rip Lob

Matt Wheeler 04/23/2017

The Milwaukee Bucks opened game 4 against the Toronto Raptors with this play designed to get a lob dunk to 5 and help get the home crowd going to start the game. 1 follows the entry pass to 5 get the ball back on a handoff. 2 then sets the back screen on 5 putting the defense at a size disadvantage at the rim and forcing x2 to try to protect on the lob. See More

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Basketball Play - Cleveland Cavs - BLOB PG Rip

Cleveland Cavs - BLOB PG Rip

Matt Wheeler 04/18/2017

The Cleveland Cavs were up 5 with 30.9 seconds left and ran this play to help seal the win against the Indiana Pacers. This play was very difficult to guard because of all the offensive threats that were on the floor for the Cavs. The inital action forced the Pacers to defend the staggered screen so as not to give up an open 3 to a shooter (Kyle Korver). The secondary action used the Cavs two best players with 4 (Lebron James) setting a back screen for 1 (Kyrie Irving). x4 has a difficult choice to make. Helping on the backscreen might take away the layup but it would also get 4 an open shot. x4 stayed with his man and 1 got a wide open layup on the play. See More

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Basketball Play - Boston Celtics - DHO Reverse Lob

Boston Celtics - DHO Reverse Lob

Matt Wheeler 04/16/2017

The Boston Celtics ran this ATO in their playoff opener against the Chicago Bulls to get an easy basket at the rim. The dribble handoff and ball reversal actions are used to clear a side of the floor for the lob and get the defense to focus on stopping 1. In order to take the lob away x1 needs to drop and protect the rim, but he would run the risk of 1 getting open for a shot. The Celtics run a similiar action to this play where 1 is the primary option and will get the ball back on a handoff from 4. In this play x1 is focused on stopping 1 and doesn't provide help on the back screen. This gets 3 a wide open look on the lob. See More

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Basketball Play - Cleveland Cavs - Post Rescreen

Cleveland Cavs - Post Rescreen

Matt Wheeler 04/15/2017

The Cleveland Cavs ran this as their first set play out of a timeout in their playoff opener against the Indiana Pacers. 2 cuts off fo the flex screen for the first option. 2 then turns to screen for 5. This action gives the Cavs two different look options. In this situation 3 passes to 5 for a layup. If that option is defended.2 should be open on the down screen from 4. See More

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Basketball Play - Cleveland Cavs - PNR Pindown Lob

Cleveland Cavs - PNR Pindown Lob

Matt Wheeler 04/15/2017

The Cleveland Cavs ran this play late in the 1st quarter of their playoff opener against the Indiana Pacers. On the previous possession Cleveland ran the same action except 5 followed 4 for a stagger screen for 3. This time 5 rolled to the basket for the lob catching the defense off guard. x4 and x3 were focused on guarding the pindown action for a shooter (3). x2 can't provide help because he has to guard against the corner 3. When x5 had to help on the ball screen 5 cut to the rim and was wide open for the lob. See More

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Basketball Play - Kentucky - Side PNR Backdoor

Kentucky - Side PNR Backdoor

Matt Wheeler 03/26/2017

Kentucky ran this play multiple times in the first half of their Elite Eight game against North Carolina to get effective looks at a backdoor layup. This play can be run as a continuity offense starting with a side ball screen. 1 dribbles off of the screen and passes to 4. 4 looks for the backdoor pass and if fhat isn't available passes to the wing to get into another side pick & roll. As 2 comes off the ball screen they pass to the other post player (5) up top. 5 goes through same reads (backdoor pass or pass and follow pick & roll). See More

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Basketball Play - Kansas - SLOB Iverson Lob

Kansas - SLOB Iverson Lob

Matt Wheeler 03/24/2017

Kansas finished off a run with this SLOB play in their sweet sixteen game against Purdue. 1 makes a zipper cut to receive the inbounds pass from 4. 4 makes an Iverson cut off of screens from 3 & 5. Once x4 curls over the top of 5, x5 has to provide help at the rim. In this play he didn't and 4 was able to get the lob dunk. Another key is 1 selling the Iverson cut for 4 by following him with the dribble. 1 cuts back before the cut to the rim to set up a better passing angle. See More

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Basketball Play - USC - Circle Reject

USC - Circle Reject

Matt Wheeler 03/20/2017

USC ran this play as a counter to their circle handoff in their game against Baylor. They ran this same play multiple times with 1 coming off of the down screen from 3 to get a dribble handoff to attack the rim. This time 1 rejected the down screen and scored on a backdoor layup. See More

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