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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 - Loyola-Chicago - Icing Ball Screens

Loyola-Chicago - Icing Ball Screens

Matt Wheeler 03/31/2018

In order to create lower percentage shots for their opponents, the Ramblers will force side ball screens towards the baseline and have their post player contain the ball handler until his defender gets over the screen. This allows them to keep the ball on one side of the floor and have their help defenders ready early to help and rotate out of the coverage when a pass is made. See More

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Basketball Play - Loyola- Chicago - One More Pass Situations

Loyola- Chicago - One More Pass Situations

Matt Wheeler 03/31/2018

The Ramblers have great ball movement within their set offense but they also excel in their passing when the plays break down. They do an excellent job of attacking the paint and drawing a second defender to them. When they pass it out they create a "One More" pass situation. In these situations the offensive player receiving the first pass usually has a chance to score but by making an immediate extra pass they get their teammate an even better scoring opportunity. This creates longer more difficult closeouts for the defense that the offense can create out of. See More

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Basketball Play - Loyola-Chicago - Doubling the Post

Loyola-Chicago - Doubling the Post

Matt Wheeler 03/31/2018

Loyola-Chicago doesn't have great size in the post especially when their starting 6'9" center Cameron Krutwig goes to the bench. So they will double team when teams try to post them up. They will usually bring the extra defender from one of three areas: from the top, from the baseline and from the closest perimeter player. Skilled teams can make you pay for putting an extra player on the ball. Passing it out of the double team will put the defense in outnumbered situations. The Ramblers excel in rotating out of these situations to get matched up before the offense can make them pay. See More

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Basketball Play - Loyola-Chicago - Chin Stagger DHO

Loyola-Chicago - Chin Stagger DHO

Matt Wheeler 03/30/2018

Loyola-Chicago uses this play to shift the defense from one side of the floor to the other by allowing the ball to touch a different side of the floor at least four times during a given possession. Each time the ball switches sides of the floor, defensive players on the weak side of the floor have to sprint into help. When the ball gets back on their side of the floor, they then have to close out to contain the ball. Forcing the defense to move and make continual closeouts usually results in defensive breakdowns. This is how the Ramblers are able to attack the paint and get open shots. See More

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Basketball Play - Kansas Jayhawks - Zone PNR Seal

Kansas Jayhawks - Zone PNR Seal

Matt Wheeler 03/26/2018

The Kansas Jayhawks used this after timeout play during their Elite Eight game to get 5 a wide open basket at the rim. 1 passes to 2 causing x5 to shift with the ball. 5 sets the ball screen for 2. As 2 passes the ball to 1, 4 screens x5 in the middle of the zone. Kansas put a good shooter in the corner (3), making x4 stay with him. This opens up 5 for the layup off the pass from 1. See More

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Basketball Play - Florida State Seminoles - 4 High Slip BLOB

Florida State Seminoles - 4 High Slip BLOB

Matt Wheeler 03/23/2018

Florida State ran this BLOB play after a timeout late in their Sweet Sixteen game against Gonzaga. They had a 13 point lead at the time, so getting a basket here could seal the win. The Seminoles had two options for a layup with 5 on the initial screen and 3 slipping the stagger screen. If both of those passes were taken away, 1 can pass to 2 cutting to the wing or 4 popping out up top. See More

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Basketball Play - Loyola Chicago - DHO PNR Slip

Loyola Chicago - DHO PNR Slip

Matt Wheeler 03/22/2018

After Loyola's opponents have gotten used to defending multiple ball screen sets, the Ramblers use this play to slip the ball screen for an easy basket at the rim. x5 provides help on the ball screen as 5 slips the screen and cuts to the basket. 3 sets a flare screen for 4 to occupy the help defenders on the weak side of the floor. See More

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Basketball Play - Loyola Chicago - Rub PNR Advance

Loyola Chicago - Rub PNR Advance

Matt Wheeler 03/22/2018

In this play the Ramblers use the advance pass out of the pick and roll to get the ball to the other side of the floor. This forces x5 to have to rotate back quickly after providing help on the ball screen. This is especially effective against a hard hedge on the ball screen. If the passes are quick, x5 will have difficulty getting back to 5 who is cutting to the basket. See More

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Basketball Play - Loyola Chicago - Elbow PNR

Loyola Chicago - Elbow PNR

Matt Wheeler 03/22/2018

Loyola Chicago runs this elbow action to get its 4 the ball to attack in a middle ball screen. 1 passes to 4 at the elbow then screens for 3. 3 cuts to the weak side leaving 1 as the only player on the right side of the floor, forcing his defender to provide help on 5 rolling to the basket. 4 looks to create a shot for himself, pass to 5 on the roll to the basket or hit 1 filling behind the play on the wing. If 1 gets the ball, he can look at 5 in the post or create a shot off the dribble. See More

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Basketball Play - Loyola Chicago - DHO PNR Double

Loyola Chicago - DHO PNR Double

Matt Wheeler 03/22/2018

The Ramblers set up this ball screen action with a dribble handoff for 2. 2 then dribbles off the double ball screen from 4 and 5 to the other side of the floor. By having 1 in the corner, this puts x1 (usually the smallest defender) in a position to provide help on 5 rolling to the basket. If 5 isn't available, 2 can reverse the ball back up top to 4 to create a play. See More

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Basketball Play - South Dakota State - PNP Punch

South Dakota State - PNP Punch

Matt Wheeler 03/15/2018

South Dakota State ran this play multiple times in the second half of their first round game against Ohio State to get the ball inside to for a post up. As 1 dribbles off the ball screen from 4, 2 cuts to the opposite corner. This clears the area so 5 can look to post up without any help defenders around. After 5 receives the post entry, 1 dives to the rim and 4 cuts away for spacing. See More

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Basketball Play - Radford Highlanders - PNR 3

Radford Highlanders - PNR 3

Matt Wheeler 03/15/2018

Radford opened their NCAA tournament game against Villlanova with this quick hitter that got them an open three-point shot. 3 clears to the opposite corner to open up the righ side of the floor. 5 uses the screen from 2 to sprint into a ball screen for 1. This caused some confusion for the defense as 2 popped out to the wing and got the open shot. See More

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Basketball Play - Ohio State - Curl Punch Dive

Ohio State - Curl Punch Dive

Matt Wheeler 03/15/2018

Ohio State opened the second half of their game against South Dakota State with this play designed to attack the Jackrabbits for double-teaming the post. Once 5 receives the post entry pass from 1, x4 double teams him 5. x2 now has to defend both 2 & 4 but was unable to take away the pass to 4 diving to the rim. If x2 was able to take away the pass to 4, 2 would be open on the wing for a three-point shot. See More

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Basketball Play - Ohio State - PNR STS

Ohio State - PNR STS

Matt Wheeler 03/15/2018

The Ohio State Buckeyes used this play to try to get a post up in the first half of their NCAA Tournament game against South Dakota State. The first option was to look for 5 in the post then 2 coming off of the down screen. In this play 1's defender played off of 1 to take the pass into the post away. 1 made him pay by hitting the open three point shot. See More

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