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Craig Neal: Zone Offense Packages for Beating 2-3, 3-2, and 1-3-1 Zone Defenses
Create good 2-on-1 scoring opportunities against any zone defense
- Learn over 10 zone offensive sets that can be utilized versus the 2-3 zone
- Learn how to beat the 1-3-1 zone using a high ball screen
- Effectively ball screen any zone defense to gain a numbers advantage on the back end
with Craig Neal, former University of New Mexico Head Coach; 2014 Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions; former NBA Scout & Assistant Coach with Toronto Raptors
With teams at all levels incorporating zone defense into their in-game strategies, coaches are continually looking for ways to break down a zone. Breaking down a zone defense can get your team easy shots and teach your players how to utilize great ball movement on offense.
Coach Craig Neal outlines his continuity and quick-hitting plays versus a 2-3 zone, 3-2 zone and a 1-3-1 zone. Using on-court demonstrators, he installs and introduces each zone offense like he would in practice, making it easy for you to take his concepts back to your program and make tweaks or install right away.
Coach Neal takes you through 13 set plays and a continuity offense he uses against a variety of zone fronts. He also shows you quick-hitting plays out of a timeout that will leave your opponents searching for answers. Finally, you'll see five plays for use in special situations against a zone defense.
2-3 Zone and Motion Sets
Using his "Regular" zone offense, Coach Neal manipulates his offensive alignment based on what type of defense his team is facing. Against a 2-3 zone, a simple 1-2-2 setup is used to move the ball and look for post touches in gaps. The guards' responsibilities are to dribble penetrate the gaps in the zone and look for open shots or post touches around the rim.
In a different look, 15 side, Coach Neal utilizes a ball screen to create 2-on-1 advantages on either side of the zone. Using the ball screen creates an open look for your best shooters on the floor. Coach Neal includes several other variations out of the Regular set, including Thumbs Down, Thumbs Side, Double Fist, Lob play, and an after-timeout set.
Motion Sets vs a 3-2 and 1-3-1 Defense
Against a 3-2 zone, Coach Neal takes his Regular offense and manipulates the initial set-up to get open looks for your shooters. In Head Pat, he uses a shallow cut with a ball screen to create a driving opportunity for your guards to get to the rim. In 4 out, guards look to create shooting opportunities on the weak side of the zone. By using the drive against a zone, Coach Neal forces the defense to make a decision between stopping drive or denying the open 3-pointer.
Against a 1-3-1, Coach Neal creates scoring opportunities for the baseline runner. With most 1-3-1 zones having a guard running the baseline, he takes advantage of his post players sealing hard against the guard and looks to score around the rim.
Plays After Timeout and Special Situation Plays
Coach Neal gives you six plays to use versus multiple zone fronts after a timeout or from an out of bounds situation. These sets create an advantage for a shooter on the perimeter or a baseline jumper for your post.
Learning how to effectively attack various zones has become increasingly important. Coach Neal has the experience and knowledge to help you beat any zone defense. He gives you everything you want to know on breaking a 2-3, 1-3-1 and 3-2 zone. These set plays can be started from the same alignment and offer different looks to keep the defense off guard.