Villanova Wildcats and the All in One Offense Part 2 (Zone Offense)

If you haven’t had a chance yet, please take a look at part one of this article which details how the Villanova Wildcats attack man to man defenses. A major key to this is that players will need to look to cut backdoor to the free throw line whenever the defense steps over the 3 point arc to deny them.

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As always the best way to attack a zone is to run the fast break and not have to deal with it in the first place. But when that isn’t a possibility, I have found it effective to set a Weakside downscreen on the top of the zone and wait for a slip to the middle. Though ballscreens are very popular against the zone, it can be just as lethal to force a two on one situation off the ball as well. From here we can overload the zone and make the needed reads.

— — -Slot to Wing pass

Depending on if we are expecting a trap or not, our 5 player will either start at the nail (Free throw line) or on the usual block/short corner. This first layer emphasizes the importance of cutting to the middle of the zone. Your guards should be able to feast on midrange shots, and layups unless they see a chance to make a teammate better with the high low or kick out pass for a 3.

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— — -Slot to Slot Pass

While the ball is being reversed, our guards still look to cut towards the middle. However, this is where I have found success using the “down” and “up” actions. By screening areas away from the ball, it will allow your players to slip into the middle or score off of skip passes where the defense has to scramble.

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— — -Wing to Opposite Slot pass (BallScreen)

When the zones we face aren’t trapping us, they are usually positioned in a way that forces our offensive players to hesitate on their decisions. This is another great chance to screen one of the top defenders on the zone and wait for the appropriate read.

— — -Vs 23

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That does it for Villanova Wildcats and the all in one offense part 2! Feel free to leave a comment below, find me on twitter @Kj_the_scout, or email me at 14ksmith14@gmail.com.

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