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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 - Boston Celtics - DHO Swing Pop Backdoor

Boston Celtics - DHO Swing Pop Backdoor

Matt Wheeler 01/21/2018

The Boston Celtics ran this backdoor play against the Washington Wizards to get a dunk for Kyrie Irving (1). 1 used a DHO with 3 to position himself in the corner. 3 reversed the ball to 2 then cut to the opposite corner isolating 1 on the left side of the floor. 2 then ran a pick and pop with 4. 4 dribbles at 1 and makes the backdoor pass for the dunk. See More

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Basketball Play - NC State - Iverson Stagger PNR

NC State - Iverson Stagger PNR

Matt Wheeler 01/16/2018

NC State used this ATO play to allow 3 to create off the dribble, put 4 in the position to get the ball at the rim, and allow their shooting 5 man to stretch the floor from the 3 point line. The Wolfpack started the play with 3 making an Iverson cut off of 4 and 5 to receive the pass from 1 on the wing. 1 cut to the corner to provide spacing as 3 dribbled off of the stagger ball screen from 5 and 4. As 3 turned the corner on the second ball screen x4 had to provide help. 4 then rolled to the rim forcing x5 to provide help on him. This allowed 5 to get an open look at a three point shot off of the pass from 3. Blog Post: 5 NCAA Teams that are Exceeding Expectations See More

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Basketball Play - TCU - Weak Stagger

TCU - Weak Stagger

Matt Wheeler 01/16/2018

TCU runs this early offense play to get 3 open for shot after running his defender through multiple screens. 1 starts the play with a pass to 3 on the wing. As the ball is swung to the other side of the floor, 3 cuts off of a back screen from 5. They use this decoy action as a misdirection. Once the ball is on the right side of the floor, 3 turns around to cut back off of a stagger screen from 5 and 4. If 3 isn't open, 1 cuts to the top to get the ball reversal. 3 can then run the baseline off a screen from 5 to get a shot on the other side of the floor. Blog Post: X's and O's Behind 5 NCAA Teams that are Exceeding Expectations See More

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Basketball Play - Texas Tech - Box Side PNR

Texas Tech - Box Side PNR

Matt Wheeler 01/15/2018

Texas Tech ran this ATO to allow one of its guards to create out of a side pick and roll. 2 cuts off of the screen from 3, going around 5 to receive the pass from 1 on the wing. 1, 3 and 4 cut outside of the three point line on the weak side for spacing. 2 looks to create off of the ball screen from 5. Blog Post: X's and O's Behind 5 NCAA Teams that are Exceeding Expectations See More

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Basketball Play - Arizona State - Pindown Clear

Arizona State - Pindown Clear

Matt Wheeler 01/15/2018

The Arizona State Sun Devils ran this play after a timeout in their game against the University of Utah to give one of their top scorers a chance to drive to the basket. After 3 gets the pass from 1, 1 cuts in front of 3 and to the left side of the floor. 3 then drives to the right taking his defender 1-on-1 to the basket. 2 stays spread out on the perimeter to keep x2 from providing help. Blog Post: Xs and O's Behind 5 NCAA Teams that are Exceeding Expectations See More

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Basketball Play - Clemson - Swing Pindown

Clemson - Swing Pindown

Matt Wheeler 01/15/2018

The Clemson Tigers use ball and player movement to isolate a side of the floor for a pindown screen for a perimeter player. 1 passes to 4 on the wing then cuts to the ball side corner. 2 then V-cuts to receive the pass up top from 4. 5 sets a pindown screen for 3. Because the Tigers have isolated the left side of the floor, 3 and 5 are playing 2-on-2 off the screen without any other help defenders in the area. When 3 receives the pass and sees x5 providing help, he quickly passes to 5 for the finish at the rim. Blog Post: X's and O's Behind 5 NCAA Teams that are Exceeding Expectations See More

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Basketball Play - Golden State Warriors - Slip Lob

Golden State Warriors - Slip Lob

Matt Wheeler 01/09/2018

The Golden State Warriors ran this transition play late in the fourth quarter in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors have multiple players capable of bringing the ball up the floor and making plays. This time it was their 4 (Draymond Green). 5 faked the down screen for 2 and slipped to the basket. x5 is concerned about 2 coming off the screen and wants to provide help. This allows 5 to cut to the rim and get the uncontested dunk off a lob from 4. See More

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Basketball Play - Golden State Warriors - Handback Elbow Flare

Golden State Warriors - Handback Elbow Flare

Matt Wheeler 01/09/2018

The Golden State Warriors ran this as the opening play of the fourth quarter in their Christmas Day game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The multiple quick actions caused the defense to get confused, getting 4 open for a shot. 4 faked the screen for 2 before coming off the flare screen. This caused x4 to provide help on the fake screen, allowing him to get screened by 2. By using a shooter in Klay Thompson (2) to set the screen, x2 wasn't able to leave his man and 4 got open at the three point line. See More

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Basketball Play - LA Lakers - PNR Lob

LA Lakers - PNR Lob

Matt Wheeler 12/22/2017

The LA Lakers opened their game against the Golden State Warriors with this lob play for Larry Nance Jr. (4). 5 sets a down screen for 4 who sprints into a ball screen with 1. 5 turns around and sets a second screen for 1. 1 then throws the lob pass to 4 at the rim. 3 and 2 exchange on the weak side to occupy their defenders. See More

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Basketball Play - Golden State Warriors - DHO Lob

Golden State Warriors - DHO Lob

Matt Wheeler 12/22/2017

The Golden State Warriors ran this as their opening play in a regular season game against the LA Lakers. 1 passed to 4 on the wing then cut through to the corner. 5 then received the pass from 4 and did a dribble handoff with 3. 4 and 1 exchanged while this was happening to occupy their defenders. Once 3 got the ball, 5 dove to the basket for the lob. 2 lifted from the corner so if his defender tried to contest the lob he would have an option for a shot. See More

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Basketball Play - Minnesota Timberwolves - Wedge STS Lob

Minnesota Timberwolves - Wedge STS Lob

Matt Wheeler 11/27/2017

The Minnesota Timberwolves have added this set to their playbook to get Jimmy Butler a lob after a ball reversal. The play starts with a wedge action with 2 cutting into the post off of the screen from 1. As the ball is reversed to the weak side 2 sets a back screen for 3, then sets his man up to receive a screen from 5. While this is happening 3 keeps cutting to the corner to clear basket area of defenders. Then 2 rejects the screen from 5 and cuts to the basket for the lob. See More

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Basketball Play - Elevator Screen Action

Elevator Screen Action

Matt Wheeler 11/02/2017

Just like in other actions, the positions don't matter as much as putting players with the right skill set in those positions. Most of the time the 1, 2, and 3 positions become interchangeable with the 4 & 5 usually setting the elevator screen. The elevator action happens when a player cuts between two screeners. Once they get through, the screeners close together (like elevator doors) to form a wall where the defender can't get through, which frees them for a shot. 1 must be a good passer to deliver the ball to the shooter. 2 needs to be a good shooter - this action should get them open for a shot. 3 can set additional screens, create misdirection or provide spacing. 4 & 5 are your screeners, typically they are your bigger players, and will close the door on the screen after 2 cuts through Blog Post: Offensive Action Breakdown - Elevator Screens See More

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Basketball Play - New Orleans Pelicans - Zipper Cross Elevator

New Orleans Pelicans - Zipper Cross Elevator

Matt Wheeler 11/02/2017

The New Orleans Pelicans used a cut from their point guard to create misdirection to set up this elevator screen. 1 dribbled to the wing and passed to 3, who was cutting up top off a zipper screen. 1 then cut to the right side of the court using a screen from 5. 2 brought the action back to the left side of the floor by cutting through the elevator screen from 4 & 5. Blog Post: Offensive Actions Breakdown - Elevator Screens See More

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