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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 - 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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Basketball Play - Virginia Cavaliers - Middle Pin Punch

Virginia Cavaliers - Middle Pin Punch

Matt Wheeler 04/08/2019

The Cavaliers ran this quick hitter to take advantage of the strength and finishing ability of De'Andre Hunter (4). As the point guard dribbles to the wing 4 screens for 5 in the middle of the lane. 5 curls around the screen as 4 seals his defender behind him. 1 passes to 4 in the post for the layup. Blog Post: Virginia's Elite Efficiency on Both Sides of the Ball See More

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Basketball Play - Virginia Cavaliers - PNP Runner

Virginia Cavaliers - PNP Runner

Matt Wheeler 04/08/2019

This has been one of Virginia's favorite after-timeout plays of the NCAA tournament so far. The baseline screen for 3 is a similiar action to what they do in their Blocker-Mover motion offense but this time they run it as a set play to make sure Kyle Guy (3) gets the ball for a look at a three-point shot. 1 dribbles left off the screen to shift the defense to that side of the floor. On the airtime of the pass to 5, 1 cuts across the lane and 3 cuts off the screen from 4. 5 passes to 3 for the shot. Blog Post: Virginia's Elite Efficiency on Both Sides of the Ball See More

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Basketball Play - Texas Tech Red Raiders - Box Rip Lob

Texas Tech Red Raiders - Box Rip Lob

Matt Wheeler 04/08/2019

Texas Tech opened their Final Four game against Michigan State with this variation of their box set to get a lob dunk. 2 fakes the cross screen for 3 then cuts over 4 to the wing. This is a common action that they run in their "Box PNR" play. 3 then sets a back screen for 4. 1 passes to 4 at the rim for the lob dunk. Blog Post: Texas Tech Defense Puts Opponents on Red Alert See More

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Basketball Play - Virginia Cavaliers - EOG STS SLOB

Virginia Cavaliers - EOG STS SLOB

Matt Wheeler 04/07/2019

Virginia ran this play to get them into the championship game, drawing a foul on the three-point shot and giving them three free throws to take the lead . Kyle Guy (3) made a three-pointer on the previous possession to bring the deficit to 1. After Auburn hit a free throw to get their lead to 2, Virginia was able to get the ball into the front court and call a timeout with 1.5 seconds left. The initial option on this play was a lob to the rim for Mamadi Diakite. The secondary option for the lead went back to Guy cutting to the corner off the screen from 5. Final Four Team Breakdown: Virginia's Elite Efficiency on Both Sides of the Ball See More

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Basketball Play - Virginia Cavaliers - Single Tag PNR  Defense

Virginia Cavaliers - Single Tag PNR Defense

Matt Wheeler 04/04/2019

By having their post players hard hedge the ball screens, Virginia needs to provide help when the screener rolls to the basket. X5’s first job in this situation is to redirect the ball to half court and not allow 1 to turn the corner and get in the lane. If he is too concerned about his matchup with 5 he won’t be able to provide great help on the ball screen. This is where x3 comes into play to provide help until x5 gets back to his match up . X3 has a tough job to do. He has to tag 5 and take away the pass for him rolling to the basket. He then has to change direction and close out on his man to contest the shot and take away any penetration. This is a very difficult action to guard but by being aggressive and providing early help Virginia is able to cover for each other and take away high percentage shots at the rim and open shots behind the arc. Final Four Team Breakdown: Virginia's Elite Efficiency on Both Sides of the Ball See More

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Basketball Play - Virginia Cavaliers - PNR Continuity

Virginia Cavaliers - PNR Continuity

Matt Wheeler 04/04/2019

Virginia uses a pick and roll continuity set that provides multiple opportunities for ball screens in a single possession. 1 dribbles off the ball screen looking for 5 rolling to the basket. If he isn’t available, 1 immediately passes to 4 up top. 4 looks for a quick pass to 5 continuing his cut to the rim. This is extremely effective against teams that hard hedge because x5 now has to sprint back to the paint to take away the layup. If 4 doesn’t have anything he will reverse the ball to one of the perimeter players. Just like in their motion offense, Virginia gives their players freedom to make decisions in this play. Most of the time 2 will make a backdoor cut, then 4 will follow his pass to 3 with a ball screen. This action can run continuously on both sides of the floor until they get the shot they want. The Cavaliers have the option of 4 reversing the ball to 2 and following with the ball screen. If this happens 3 cuts to the opposite corner, taking the place of 2 and keeping the continuity going. Blog Post: Final Four Team Breakdown: Virginia's Elite Efficiency on Both Sides of the Ball See More

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Basketball Play - Tennessee Volunteers - Half Court Timeout

Tennessee Volunteers - Half Court Timeout

Matt Wheeler 03/29/2019

Tennessee had to go the length of the floor for a basket with 1.7 seconds left, with the game tied against Purdue in the Sweet Sixteen. The Volunteers opted to use this play to get the ball quickly to halfcourt so they could call a timeout and run a sideline out-of-bounds play for the win. It took a little too long to run (1.6 seconds) which left them with only 0.1 seconds left on the clock for their next play. Great situational play that would probably would need at least 3 seconds to run it to be safe. See More

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Basketball Play - Purdue Boilermakers - Gut Stagger

Purdue Boilermakers - Gut Stagger

Matt Wheeler 03/29/2019

Purdue was down two late in their sweet sixteen game against Tennessee when they ran this play to get their shooter, Ryan Cline, the ball for a three-point shot. The play design uses both post players to make the ball reversals because they are less likely to be denied. 3 gets the ball off of a screen and handoff from both bigs to get the open shot. See More

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Basketball Play - UC Irvine - Rip Punch

UC Irvine - Rip Punch

Matt Wheeler 03/23/2019

UC Irvine runs this play to get a quick post up for their 4. 3 sets the back screen for 4 then pops out to receive the ball from 1. 2 curls around 5 as a decoy action to occupy the help defenders. When the defense overplayed on 4, the Anteaters were able to get open threes out of this set in their first round NCAA tournament game against Kansas State. See More

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