On every offensive player there is a defensive player appointed to, quite normal. Now, in order for the offense to score a point it has to either shoot the ball or pass by the offensive player with fast moves. The ‘attack’ is most of the time directed by the defensive player; that means, if the offensive player wants to have a clean drive-through pass the defense he must orientate from the defensive player’s position. The defense player may have two stances while he is playing: a staggered stance (one foot a bit forward then the other) and a straightaway stance (both feet in a straight line). Here are several moves the offense can make in one-on-one play.
The first and basic move the offense can make is the On Side Move – making the first step with the same leg as the direction of movement. If the offense decides to go to the right, the first step should be with his right leg (left leg pivot); but the player should not forget to dribble the ball first in order to avoid traveling.
The key of this move is the position of the defensive player; if he is in the staggered position with the left leg(or right leg) a bit forward, that means that his left side(or right side) is more vulnerable and he will have difficulties defending when the offense ‘attacks’ from the left(or right). The offensive player should step to the right (left) fast, with left foot in a pivot position and dribble the ball at the same time.
But let’s not forget the defensive player; he may well contribute from his defensive moves knowing what the offense will play. Remember that he is not a stranger to these offensive one-on-one moves because he uses them too. So, to avoid a good defense, fake the On Side Move. Before you make the ‘attack’ movement mentioned above, simply fake left (or right) with the right foot (or left foot) and then make haste to the right (or to the left).
The Cross Over Move is performed when the offensive player ‘attacks’ to the right with a left foot (right foot pivot); and when the defense player has a staggered position with the left foot a slightly forward. This move will through the defense off balance and since the offense ‘attacks’ from the left side, he will have difficulties defending the ‘attack’. The offense can initially add a fake by jabbing left with his left foot before hasting to the right.
These two moves have the key in body balance and footwork. Maintain low center of gravity while doing the fake moves and make haste to the side for the ‘attack’ to pass the defense. Don’t forget to dribble the ball on time so that you won’t get a traveling violation.