This idea is from Mike McNeill’s coachesclipboard.ca site:
Ball screens in the middle of the floor can be very effective against zone defenses because, like good ball movement and screening action, they can force defenders out of their area of coverage.
I have included some other resources of ways to attack a 2-3 zone defense. below. The diagrams are links to other pages on this site.
In the first diagram, the ball-handler, O3, turns the corner and attacks the lane because X2 does not come over to stop penetration.
X2 stays matched up on O1, and as O2 turns the corner, X5 and X3 step up to stop penetration which opens up O2 on the wing for an uncontested 3 pt. shot.
In this diagram,, as O1 comes off the ball screen, X2 steps over to stop the penetration.
This opens up the pass to O3 for a shot. If X4 is able to stop O3’s shot, then a pass to O2 in the corner creates an open shot.
Zone Offense Video Clips
The videos are sample videos. YOU DO NOT NEED TO PURCHASE ANYTHING TO SEE THE VIDEO SAMPLES
Coach K. 2-1-2 Zone Attack The videos aer sample videos. YOU DO NOT NEED TO PURCHASE ANYTHING TO SEE THE VIDEO SAMPLES This is a very short segment of a DVD from Coach K showing him coaching his 2-1-2 or 2-3 zone attack in practice. The point he makes that I like is that we all need to have some type of misdirection in our zone attack. He makes the point dealing with a misdirection dribble for individuals, but in my opinion, we need to have some misdirection in our passing principles as a team as well when we attack a 2-3 zone.
Five–The videos are sample videos. YOU DO NOT NEED TO PURCHASE ANYTHING TO SEE THE VIDEO SAMPLES Set play to run against a zone defense. The link will take you to a page on the Championship Productions web site. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the video of this play. The play forces the zone to guard three movements–a basket cut, a flex type screen, and a staggered double for a shooter.
Oliver Purnell Inside Zone Attack The videos are sample videos. YOU DO NOT NEED TO PURCHASE ANYTHING TO SEE THE VIDEO SAMPLES This is a short clip of Coach Purnell teaching his inside players to “seal in and seal out.” when Clemson faces a 2-3 zone.