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Zone set plays
Cycles


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Basketball Immersion

See YouTube videos - Cycles zone offence, Zone quick hitters that work, also Zone offences - China, Blue, Wichita State.

The weakside of a zone is the weakness, exploit this by sending consecutive cutters to the weakside after the ball has been passed to the top.

1 makes a dribble hand-off to 2, cuts weakside, 3 replaces 1.

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2 passes to 3 and also cuts, 4 steps out for a pass from 3, 5 crosses the lane.

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4 passes to 1, 3 and 4 space away, 1 takes a dribble out and throws it back to 2 filling the corner (1 may not need the dribble if there is space).

4 looks for 5 if a bottom defender takes away 1, or can pass to 3 out top.

Bill Self - 1 looks for a right-hand behind-the-back bounce pass to 2.

See Zone offences - Bill Self, Kermit Davis zone motion, Heath Millar (drag action).

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Oliver - for continuity, on the dribble up after the last cutter 1 could reverse it to start the sequence again.
 
(Option - if 1 passes to 2 and gets a return pass, 2 becomes the first cutter)
 
Bill Self (zone motion) - you have to cut any time you pass above you.

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Variations

a)

To get 2 as the first cutter,

- 1 pushes him through on the dribble, 1 will be the second cutter,

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- or 1 passes to 2 and gets the ball right back, 2 cuts.

(Variation - 1 cuts to get a handback from 2, see Wichita State)

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b)

4-out spacing with no high post, the corner player is the second cutter.

1 passes to 2 and is the first cutter.

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2 passes to 3, 4 is the second cutter.
 
See Zone offence - Duke runner basics.

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c) Triangle

See YouTube video - Zone quick hitters that work.

1 passes to 2, who corner cuts on a return pass, swing the ball to 3.

Keep 1 out top to move the ball.
 
(Variation - 4 starts in the corner and cuts after 2, see above)

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The weakside post pops out to set up ball reversal and double cutters, 3 comes under, 2 starts to cut.

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5 passes to 3, who dribbles out as 2 comes under.up

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