Submitted by Vinod Vachani, Head Basketball Coach, Welham Girls’ School, Dehra Dun, India
This zone offense is a structured motion, which is highly effective against odd front zone defenses. Through this offense, you can take full advantage of the 3-point shots and get the ball comfortably to the post players in scoring position. It is a simple offense and can be taught easily. Overall, there are lot of skip passes made which create gaps in the zone. Plus, defensive players have to make a lot of adjustments which gets your shooters open for three-pointers.
1 passes the ball to 2 and cuts to the ball side corner. 3 makes a V-cut and replaces 1’s spot on the floor. 5 sets a screen into the middle for 4 who is flashing to the ball side elbow and sets back to the low post area.
2 passes the ball to 1. 5 holds the low post for a few seconds and then clears away to the opposite low block. 4 now cuts hard to the basket looking for a pass from 1. 3 flares to the wing looking for a skip pass from 1.
2 passes the ball to 4 at the high post. 5 seals the middle. 1 flares to the corner looking for a quick three-point shot.
If 4 hits 1, 5 clears the lane and cuts to the other block. 4 will go for a strong cut to the basket expecting a pass from 1.
If 4 passes the ball to 3, then 4 has two options: A) Look for a lob pass from 3 off 5’s back screen OR B) 4 can cut directly to the ball side block.
5 comes to the ball side elbow. If open, 3 can go for the three pointer. Otherwise, he can dribble to the corner to attract the defensive player on him so he dish off to 4 with an easy pass.
Keys to Remember
- Do not rush for a jump shot. Attack the zone in and dish the ball out to the open shooter.
- Use ball-fakes and exploit the gaps in the zone.
- Screen the zone and use skip passes to open shooters.
- Dribble less and pass more against the zone, as it will take the thinking time away from the defensive players.
- REBOUND! Whenever a shot is attempted, attack the board because you can rebound better against a zone and win the battle on the board.