Sharman White: Attacking Zone Defenses with Continuity Offense and Set Plays
Develop a "patience over panic" culture for when your team runs into a zone defense.
- Teach your players to read zone defenses, attack, and improvise to get open shots
- Learn multiple sets that create open shots vs. 2-3 and 1-3-1 zone defenses
- Get your best players open shots in the paint and on the perimeter versus zone and junk defenses
with Sharman White, Georgia State University Assistant Coach; 2016 National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Boys' Basketball Coach Of The Year; former Miller Grove (GA) HS Boys Head Coach; over 370 career wins;
7x Georgia Class AAAA State Championships, including 6 straight from 2009-2014; 2014 USA TODAY All-USA Coach of the Year; 2015 USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team Assistant Coach (Gold Medal)
Throughout all levels of basketball, more and more teams are running zone defenses to slow down their opponents. In this video, USA U16 assistant coach Sharman White uses on-court demonstrations to illustrate the zone offenses he's used to make Miller Grove High School a national power.
Coach White presents simple, yet effective ways to attack a zone defense using multiple continuity offenses and quick-hitting sets. The sets are easy to implement, but sophisticated enough to counter any defensive adjustments.
Three Continuity Offenses to Beat the 2-3 Zone
Using Coach White's "attacking the match-ups" approach to defeat a zone, you will learn three distinct continuity offenses that use similar principles to expose the weaknesses of a 2-3 zone defense. Coach White gives in-depth counters to the most likely defensive adjustments, ensuring multiple scoring options within each set.
The featured set is Kansas. The offense makes use of the short corner and overloads the side of the court with four offensive players. This play is simple enough for lower levels to use, yet it has multiple entries into the set to give higher level defenses different looks. It can be a standalone offense - or it can be the formation that teams can "fall back" into if a quick-hitting play doesn't get a shot.
Quick Hitters vs the Zone Defense
Need a 3-point shot or a quick post-up? Coach White has you covered with a plethora of quick-hitting actions within the zone offense framework. These sets, which build off the previously learned continuity offenses, give you a ready-made arsenal of sets to approach key situational moments of any contest. Whether it's the end of the half, coming out of a timeout, or the last shot of the game; Coach White's quick-hitters provide options for those clutch moments.
Beating the Junk Defense
When teams have difficulty containing your best players, they may defend with a box and one or triangle and two. Learn four effective plays to get open shots against "junk defenses" and keep your best players in the game.
Coach White's approach to attacking zone defenses is brilliant in its simplicity. As you watch the athletes demonstrate the offense on court, you'll wonder, "Why didn't I think of that!" This video provides invaluable instruction for any coach struggling to find offense against multiple types of zone defenses.