Coach's Clipboard Newsletter #106
March 15, 2017
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Dear Coaches, Players, Friends,

Today's Quote:

"It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Today's Theme - Kansas (Bill Self's) Zone Plays

In attacking any zone, you must have a good general zone offense strategy. In addition, several quick hitter plays are very helpful.

"Play #6"

Bill Self calls this "the best zone play ever". O1 passes to O3 and O4 flashes to the ballside elbow (diagram A). O3 passes back to O1, and O3 cuts through to the opposite low block. O1 passes to O2 (diagram B). Notice that O1 spots up on the left lane line-extended, for a good passing angle.

Kansas-6 play
Diagram B

O4 and O5 move together along the left lane line to set a "fake" double-screen for O3. O2 dribbles back up a little (for a better passing angle) and passes back to O1 as O3 cuts around the double-screen. O3 occupies the left outside low defender (the "screeners" actually let the defender get around), and O4 then screens the middle low defender. This frees up O5 for the inside pass from O1 and the layup (diagram C).

diagram C

Also see:
"More Kansas Zone Plays"

"Kansas Zone Offense"

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