Three for One
Personally, I like to run 3 different 1-4 high plays for my sets. But I run them on the same call. How do the players know what play to run? By how the ball is entered into the offense. I have three different entries I use and each one triggers a specific play. I feel it is harder to scout (unless you read the blog I guess), and makes things more streamlined for the players.
I contend there are three MAIN entries into the 1-4 and these are the three I use primarily: Wing pass entry, wing dribble entry, and post pass entry. Now, there are also some things you can do in terms of pass fake the wing and have the wing back cut, call for a screen and roll, and things of that nature, but I usually use these three.
When you start in the 1-4, I really like the offense starting as a 1-4 low and coming up to high. It makes ball entry easier, I feel, and really helps you exploit other teams on the back cuts when they over play.
I also do not mind starting the offense from a box set with your bigs at the corners and your perimeters on the blocks and having your bigs set a downscreen and pop up. That is a good way to free your guys. I just don't like having guys get into the 1-4 set because they start from stationary and are easier to guard. At the same time though, I see a lot of teams start like this and do fine, usually until someone really applies the pressure.
When we run the dribble over, there are several things you can do out of it. I teach my guys to run the dribble over option when the wing is being denied, so obviously, I always have the wing run a back cut off the dribble over.
Another option is to have your back cutting wing set a screen for the other wing (almost flexish), who cuts across the lane and to the corner for a shot. You can also drop your post as a second screener and have him post up for an entry (depending on your post play), which is not shown here. Another option is to screen the screener with your post setting a downscreen on the wing that set the screen (as shown below).
When a pass is made from the point to the wing, there are several things you can do, some are more obvious than others. I only touch on the starts to the wing, but I feel the pass to the wing should be your most indepth play simply because it happens more often. Your dribble and post entries should be quicker and your wing entry should be more in depth. But I guess if you stress a dribble over or post entry, then that can be the more indepth set.
And again, you can run the screen the opposite wing action, shown here with the screen the screener look for a pop. if you have a dominant point, I like to incorporate this because you are getting two looks for your point guard.
If you have a good post player, clear the point out to the opposite corner and have the post drop down, post and then set a screen the screener look for the post that set the back screen. Also, when the post goes up to set the back screen, it opens the lane for a good slashing wing to drive the ball to the basket.
Another good idea with the back screen is to incorporate a screen and roll with it. Again, send the point to the opposite corner and clear out the paint for the screen and roll.
Wing pass and screen away is another obvious option. Very vanilla, but very effective. There are some different things you can do that I will share with you here.
You can also set a double using the post players. There are two obvious ways to do it. The easiest is to screen with the backside post and the point. You can also screen with the ballside post and the point and have the backside post dive to the lane. I would definately add some screen the screener action for both of these.
The most obvious thing you can do out of the post entry is have your wing cut back door for a layup. From there you can add things like a back/cross screen for the opposite post, or a screen for the wing and have the opposite post screen down flex style.
Another obvious idea is to dive the opposite post into the post for a high-low as shown below with the optional screen away. You could also have your PG basket cut to the opposite block for a layup.
Another classic look is having your backside post backscreen for your point guard (or you could ahve them screen for your wing or double screen with the point guard). This look frees your pg for a layup and can have a high, low off of that. From this look you can have the PG back screen a wing or cross screen a wing to the corner for a shot (if posted on the block) then seperate out for a shot.
Again, there are tons of options from this point. Another good one, if your posts can handle, is having the post with the ball and the other post running a screen and roll. Good option with a talented post player.