Expect excitement from Ernie Kent's offense

WASHINGTON STATE'S OFFENSE is about to get cranked up to 10 on the volume knob. For clues as to what the Cougs will look like under new head man Ernie Kent, you need look no farther than his 13 seasons at Oregon. And the operative term you'll want to concern yourself with is this: the continuity motion offense.

Some basic tenets of Kent's CMO -- continuity motion offense -- are that everyone is involved, everyone is moving.

Translation: What the hire tells me is that Bill Moos, much like he showed in football by hiring Mike Leach, wants the game moving at a fast pace. And for the lights on the scoreboard to follow suit.

Moos has said Cougar hoops needs to re-engage with the fans and his hire of Kent reflects that. Kent's offense, when firing on all cylinders, is highly entertaining. That will engage CougFans and bring them back to Beasley, where attendance has fallen by roughly 5,000 per game over the last four years.

In the CMO, the guard positions are interchangeable and so are the posts. The offense can start in a box or a 1-4 formation or in a secondary break.

Cuts, pops and shuffle screens figure to the new order of the day.

In the half-court offense, Kent wants his ball-handlers to have multiple reads and at least two cuts on every screen.

His primary play call in the half-court at Oregon was called Eagle. It's run out of a 1-4 with both inside and outside scoring opportunities, with the two wings outside the three-point-line and the two bigs at the high corners of the free-throw lane.

IN TRANSITION, Kent wants his guys to play fast and wide, looking for easy buckets and favorable post matchups, but also spot-up treys.

The primary idea behind the secondary fast break portion of his offense allows any player on the team to score from anywhere on the court.

THE BIG EQUALIZER in college basketball is the three-pointer, and Kent's teams shoot the three-ball with regularity. In most years, his Oregon teams were in the top 75 in three-pointers attempted.

One of his top plays in the half-court that created looks from behind the arc at Oregon is the 1-4 Low, or the "3", appropriately enough. Four players are situated low across the baseline with the primary option in the baseline corner. A series of flashes and screens take place and if everything is executed properly, the primary shooter moves from the corner out to the high opposite side, and lets fly from behind the line.

A few years back, Men's Hoops Scoop published a 30-page PDF of free basketball coaching clinic notes on Ernie Kent's Continuity Motion Offense.

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