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Chalk Talk: Key Concepts and Tips to the 2-3 Zone Defense

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Follow along as Syracuse head men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim highlights some key concepts and overall tips for the 2-3 Zone Defense. With whiteboard diagrams, Boeheim illustrates player responsibilities, reads and rotations, plus specific scenarios concerning recovery off the press, corner traps, and rebounding.

Key Principles of the 2-3 Zone

There are a few overall principles that every player must keep at the forefront when implementing the 2-3 Zone. First, it’s the traps made off the zone that really keys the defense. Also, it’s vital to contest the three-point shot and always have five players moving on every offensive pass. Remember, this is not a stationary zone, and players must be active in order to be effective.

Getting Back on Defense Off the Press

When in engaged in a full-court trap, let’s say a simple 1-2-1-1, it’s important to get back to our spots on defense quickly and hard. Never run with your back to the basket. Rather, sprint back to the three-point line and then find your normal spots to get into position. For many teams, the whole key to a particular offense is the fast break. With that said, defenders must bet back and locate the shooters. If the best shooter is at the top of the key, the guard must find him and go to him. The other guard will be responsible for the high post area.

When it comes to traps in the 2-3 zone, when we get beat, we typically get beat in the short corner. If that’s the case, the forward from the weakside must come across the lane and take the high post and take the post rolling down. The goal is to get the opposition to throw the ball out of the short corner, then we can react back to our normal positions.


Corner Trap

When the ball comes from the wing to the corner, the forward should be ready to attack the ball. We must come down and trap the corner forward with a guard and a forward. The weakside forward cuts the passing lane back to the wing and the center fronts the low post. The high post is played by the weakside forward coming up hard. He must get into the passing lane to take away that pass, leaving the furthest offensive guy from the ball open on the opposite wing. Keep in mind, the corner trap is designed to keep the ball out of the corner, and if it does go there, we can get a steal or deflection or passing lane steal.


The 2-3 Zone can have some disadvantages when it comes to rebounding. Whenever a shot is taken from the wing, the opposite forward is caught with two potential offensive rebounders. He must get in position for the rebound but can only choose one player to block out. The weakside guard must get back to help out in this scenario. Weakside rebounds will be a battle and the goal here is to tip the ball back into the center where the center or guard can get to it. However, if you are rebounding at a disadvantage on the weakside, then your opponent is not attacking as much on the ball-side, which can help your defense.


The following segments can be seen in Championship Productions’ DVD “Jim Boeheim’s Complete Guide to the 2-3 Match-Up Zone Defense.” To check out more defensive-oriented videos in our extensive video library, click here.

Four Coaches Named as Naismith Coach of the Year Finalists

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, March 22, 2010

John Calipari, Jim Boeheim, Steve Alford, and Frank Martin have been selected as finalists for the 2010 Naismith Men’s College Basketball Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.  The four coaches were voted on by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s National Voting Academy, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches, and administrators from around the country.  The academy based its criteria on coaching performances this season.  The winner will be announced in early April.

2010 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket Announced!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, March 15, 2010

The pairings for 2010 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament were announced last evening (March 14, 2010).  Many of the participating programs’ coaches have produced basketball DVDs with Championship Productions.  The programs / coaches include:

Kansas (Coached by Bill Self)
Kentucky (Coached by John Calipari)
Duke (Coached by Mike Krzyzewski)
Syracuse (Coached by Jim Boeheim
West Virginia (Coached by Bob Huggins)
Villanova (Coached by Jay Wright)
Kansas State (Coached by Frank Martin)
Pittsburgh (Coached by Jamie Dixon
New Mexico (Coached by Steve Alford)
Maryland (Coached by Gary Williams)
Purdue (Coached by Matt Painter)   
Butler (Coached by Brad Stevens)
Michigan State (Coached by Tom Izzo)
Tennessee (Coached by Bruce Pearl)
Notre Dame (Coached by Mike Brey)
Richmond (Coached by Chris Mooney)
Clemson (Coached by Oliver Purnell)
UNLV (Coached by Lon Kruger)
Gonzaga (Coached by Mark Few)
California (Coached by Mike Montgomery)
Northern Iowa (Coached by Ben Jacobson)
Louisville (Coached by Rick Pitino)
Wake Forest (Coached by Dino Gaudio)
Georgia Tech (Coached by Paul Hewitt)
Florida (Coached by Billy Donovan)
Missouri (Coached by Mike Anderson)
San Diego State (Coached by Steve Fisher)
Minnesota (Coached by Tubby Smith)
Old Dominion (Coached by Blaine Taylor)
Washington (Coached by Lorenzo Romar)
Robert Morris (Coached by Mike Rice)

AP Division I Men’s Basketball Poll – 2/15/2010

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, February 15, 2010

Championship Productions has produced several basketball DVDs featuring coaches ranked in the AP Division I Men’s Basketball Poll.  The latest Top 25 was released on 2/15/2010 and features:

1.  Kansas (Coached by Bill Self)
2.  Kentucky (Coached by John Calipari)
3.  Villanova (Coached by Jay Wright)
4.  Purdue (Coached by Matt Painter)   
5.  Syracuse (Coached by Jim Boeheim)
6.  Duke (Coached by Mike Krzyzewski)
7.  Kansas State (Coached by Frank Martin)
8.  West Virginia (Coached by Bob Huggins)
9.  Ohio State
10.  Georgetown   
11.   Michigan State (Coached by Tom Izzo)
12.  New Mexico (Coached by Steve Alford)
13.  Gonzaga (Coached by Mark Few)
14.  Wisconsin
15.  Texas 
16.  BYU
17.  Vanderbilt
18.  Butler (Coached by Brad Stevens)
19.  Pittsburgh (Coached by Jamie Dixon
20.  Tennessee (Coached by Bruce Pearl)
21.  Temple
22.   Baylor
23.  Wake Forest (Coached by Dino Gaudio)
24.  Texas A & M
25.  Richmond (Coached by Chris Mooney)

Kansas Returns to #1 in the AP Men’s Basketball Poll

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, February 1, 2010

The Kansas men’s basketball team returned to the top in both national polls.  The Jayhawks (20-1) received 54 of 65 first-place votes in the Associated Press poll and 26 of 31 first-place votes in the ESPN / USA Today coaches poll.  View the complete AP Division I Top 25 men’s basketball poll (2/1/2010) below and notice that Championship Productions has produced instructional basketball DVDs with several nationally ranked coaches:

1.  Kansas (Coached by Bill Self)
2.  Villanova (Coached by Jay Wright)
3.  Syracuse (Coached by Jim Boeheim)
4.  Kentucky (Coached by John Calipari)
5.  Michigan State (Coached by Tom Izzo)
6.  West Virginia (Coached by Bob Huggins)
7.  Georgetown    
8.  Purdue (Coached by Matt Painter)   
9.  Texas 
10.  Duke (Coached by Mike Krzyzewski)
11.  Kansas State (Coached by Frank Martin)
12.  BYU
13.  Ohio State
14.  Tennessee (Coached by Bruce Pearl)
15.  New Mexico (Coached by Steve Alford)
16.  Wisconsin
17.  Gonzaga (Coached by Mark Few)
18.  Vanderbilt
19.  Temple
20.  Baylor
21.  Georgia Tech (Coached by Paul Hewitt)
22.  Pittsburgh (Coached by Jamie Dixon)  
23.  Butler (Coached by Brad Stevens)
24.  Northern Iowa
25.  Mississippi (Coached by Andy Kennedy)


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