Today’s post is a set to run against a 2-3 zone to get the ball into a post player in the lane.

Syracuse Women’s Associate Head Coach Vonn Read submits two plays each month from his book The Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays.

You can also see more of his plays in the Related Posts links at the bottom of this post.

Vonn has also served as an assistant coach in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury, Orlando Miracle, and San Antonio Silver Stars. He was an advanced scout for the Orlando Magic as well as The Charlotte Sting.

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Even if you don’t run the play exactly as it is drawn up, I hope it sparks your thinking and discussion to improve what you currently run against a zone.

12 Flash Screen Down Middle X5 Trojan


This is a good quick hitter for a post shooter against the Zone.

The 1 player will pass to the wing.









The offense will fully reverse the ball to get the zone moving.








On ball reversal, the defense will have 2 players on the ball (bumping).

Once the 2 player catches the ball, the 5 player will fake flash to the ball and then downscreen on X5.

The 2 player will pass to the 1 player, who will pass to the 4 player flashing up the lane for the quick jump shot in the paint.

If X5 gets through the screen, go high low to the 5 player for the layup.


Coaching Basketball

Coach Read has also put together The Basketball Encyclopedia of plays. You can check them out here: The Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays or read more about the books:

Any coach looking for the latest and innovative plays from the Professional, College, or High School levels can stop looking. With a compilation of over 7,700 different plays, you will never need to purchase another basketball playbook again. These playbooks can be used as a great reference tool for years to come. This 2 Volume Book includes plays from 19 different play categories, and they are the most extensive playbooks on the market.

The Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays (Platinum Series) contains over 7,700 Plays (Both Volumes combined) from the NBA, WNBA, USBL, and College levels from someone who has worked as an Advanced Scout or Coach on each level!!! This book has been intensely compiled over the last 21 years, with plays taken from a lot of NBA Coaches (past and present), WNBA coaches, and College coaches (Men’s and Women’s) from around the country.

Any coach that is serious about improving their knowledge of the game from an X and O standpoint will benefit tremendously from these books. These Books can be used to discover New Quick hitters, add a New Package to your playbook, or develop an entire Offensive System. There are a lot of new ideas and concepts in these books to study, and the Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays can be a great resource for coaches on all levels!!! This book is definitely for those X and O junkies who are always looking to improve as a Coach.


Here is the link: The Basketball Encyclopedia of Plays

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