The Split Option and the Corner Option as fundamental to the Shuffle Offense as the Basic Cut. Combined with the Basic cut, the Split and Corner Options offers a complete ofense and through the repetition and mixing of all three, the Shuffle can be a complete offense within itself.
THE SPLIT OPTION
Diagrams 17 and 18: Split: Pass and Player Movement
The Split comes out of the Basic Cut option. Instead of passing to the point, the first cutter passes to the post as shown in Diagram 17. After the pass, the first cutter screens for the second cutter. The second cutter sets his defender up for the screen by taking him toward the basket, then cuts off the screen by the first cutter looking for a pass from the post, as in Diagram 18. On the weakside, on the pass into the post the feeder moves up and sets a back-screen for the point. The point cuts of the screen by the feeder to the basket and if he doesn't receive the pass becomes the feeder. After the point cuts off the feeder's screen, the feeder pops up to the point position as shown in Diagram 18. This action not only has the possiblity of freeing the feeder and point to receive a pass for a score, it also keeps the weak-side defensive player occupied. It also gives the point the advantage on the offensive boards if a shot is taken. And more importantly, it keeps the overall tempo of the offense intact.
Diagram 19: Split to Basic Cut
If the second cutter receives the pass from the post and does not have the shot becomes the first cutter and can by passing to the point and making his cut continue the offense with the Basic Cut. The first cutter has become the second cutter after his screen and follows the basic rules of the offense into the Basic Cut.
Diagrams 20 and 21: Defensive Overplay on Point and Post
Against an aggressive defense the Split also gives the offense the option of remaining on the strong side of the court. This alleviates the need to force the ball to the point for the swing pass to the weakside (Diagram 20). Some teams will allow the pass into the post in this position by playing behind him. Thus, you should always look to the post as an outlet. As a result of the action in the Split the Basic Cut will be easier to get into after this strong side action, If a team attempts to front the post, the basic lineup of the Shuffle Offense will allow for the lob pass to the post releasing to the basket, especially if the feeder clears the area by making a strong cut to the free throw line, as shown in Diagram 21.
Diagram 22: Quick Swing Into Basic Cut
The post can also pass out to the point for a quick entry into the Basic Cut. The post can make this pass for two reasons:
The second cutter coming off the screen is well defended,
he can quickly reverse the play into a Basic Cut and open the first cutter (previous second cutter) on his cut to the basket.
THE CORNER OPTION
Diagram 23, 24 and 25: Corner Option
The Corner Option is used to loosen up the defense and to counter the overplay defense on the point by keeping the ball on the strong side of the court. The Corner Option begins with the pass from the first cutter to the second cutter. Once the pass has been made, the post will screen the first cutter's defender as the first cutter makes a cut to the basket for a possible pass from the second cutter. As in the Basic Cut the first cutter can make either a straight cut as shown inDiagram 23 or a back-door cut as in Diagram 24. The post will then pop out to the first cutter position. This opens up the middle into which the point man will cut becoming the post. In Diagram 25 the feeder then rotates to the point and the first cutter continues through and becomes the feeder.