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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 - Pindown 4 Iso

Boston Celtics - Pindown 4 Iso

Matt Wheeler 05/22/2018

The Boston Celtics were struggling to get a basket early in game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers so they ran this play to get Al Horford (4) isolated in a one-on-one situation at the free throw line. As 5 screens for 4, 3 cuts to the ball side corner and 2 cuts to the opposite corner. This clears the right side of the floor for 4 to drive to the basket. The Celtics put a good shooter in Jayson Tatum (2) in the opposite corner, keeping x2 from helping on the drive. FMS Blog: Boston Celtics - Spread Offense See More

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Basketball Play - Cleveland Cavaliers - Swing Flare Slip

Cleveland Cavaliers - Swing Flare Slip

Matt Wheeler 05/22/2018

Cleveland ran this ATO play to take advantage of Boston's tactic of switching the flare screen, and got a layup for Jeff Green (4). The play started with LeBron James (3) cutting to the top to receive the pass from 1. This got the ball in the hands of their best passer. 4 sets the flare screen for 2 and slips to the basket. 5 sets a flare screen for 1 on the other side of the floor to occupy the defense. See More

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Basketball Play - Boston Celtics - Weave Top Iso

Boston Celtics - Weave Top Iso

Matt Wheeler 05/22/2018

The Boston Celtics ran this play to start the 3rd quarter of Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in order to to use their quickness advantage at the 4 spot and get Marcus Morris (4) an isolation opportunity against Kevin Love on the perimeter. The Celtics begin the play with a weave action to get the ball to 2 on the wing. 4 then flashes to the top to receive the pass from 4. 1 screens away for 3 in order to occupy the defense and allow 4 to attack his defender one on one. See More

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Basketball Play - Boston Celtics - EOG Clear Lob SLOB

Boston Celtics - EOG Clear Lob SLOB

Matt Wheeler 05/07/2018

The Boston Celtics were down 2 with 25.8 seconds left in regulation when Brad Stevens called a timeout, noticing his team was not likely to get a good shot attempt late in the shot clock. The Celtics used this play to combat the late game switching strategy that the 76ers were using and get a quick shot at the rim. 5 started the play by curling around the screen from 4 and to screen for 1. This occupied Philadelphia's defenders and forced the only help on the lob to come from x1 as he switched onto 5 on the screen. Jaylen Brown (2) then screened for 4 and cut to the rim. Because the 76ers were switching that screen, Brown was able to seal his new defender and cut to the basket to receive the lob pass for a quick finish. A Lesson in Late Game Situatinos: Celtics-Sixers Game 3 See More

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Basketball Play - Boston Celtics - EOG Post Seal SLOB

Boston Celtics - EOG Post Seal SLOB

Matt Wheeler 05/06/2018

The Boston Celtics were down 1 with 8.4 seconds left in overtime when the got the ball stuck in the corner and they had to call a timeout to save the possession. They initially ran a play to get the ball to Jayson Tatum but had to call their final timeout when the 76ers nearly forced a five-second call on the inbounds pass. Down to their final chance, the Celtics ran this play to get Al Horford (5) isolated at the rim. The 76ers were switching all screens to keep the Celtics from getting an open look. This worked to the Celtics advantage as Horford screened for 2, bringing Joel Embid (x5) away from the basket to deny the pass to 2. x2 and x3 had already switched assignments when 3 cut along the baseline. This isolated Horford against Robert Covington (x3) in the post. Covington fronted Horford to deny the pass but with the weak side cleared, Horford sealed his defender to get the lob pass at the rim for the game-winning basket. A Lesson in Late Game Situations: Celtics-Sixers Game 3 See More

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Basketball Play - Philadelphia 76ers - EOG Corner SLOB

Philadelphia 76ers - EOG Corner SLOB

Matt Wheeler 05/06/2018

The Philadelphia 76ers were down 2 with 1.7 seconds left in Game 3 of their playoff series with the Boston Celtics and needed to get a shot off in a catch and shoot situation. The Sixers were able to get a look for their first option in this play with Bellinelli (3) cutting to the corner to receive the pass from Ben Simmons (1) and send the game into overtime. With no timeouts left in the game, Philadelphia embedded secondary options into the play with Joel Embid (5) screening for J.J. Redick (2) at the rim. 5 seals his defender after the screen to get an opportunity at the basket. 2 cuts off the screen up top for the final option in the play. A Lesson in Late Game Situations: Celtics-Sixers Game 3 See More

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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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