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PostPosted: 15 Dec 2009, 08:55 

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I love this forum. I got alot of good info from my question about press break offense so I'm going to keep shooting til I miss.

My jr high team has a dominant big man and that has us facing alot of collapsing 2-3/2-1-2 zone defense. We don't have any great outside shooters and rely heavily on working the ball inside to our center and PF. Got any good plays against a zone designed around a dominating big guy? Our base set on offense is 1-3-1 or 1-2-2. thanks in advance.

PostPosted: 15 Dec 2009, 14:32 
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I think I would try to go with a hi low set trying to get either one of the bigs open.... you might step one out to the short corner, bet him the ball and then dive the hi post to the rim.

Your center is going to have to learn to play vs all that pressure - double teams etc...... someone else will have to step up and hit a few shots from 12-15 feet..... if they double team him the diaganol pass is open or opposite depending on where they double him from.

Get the two big guys working together to get each other open, by screening and rolling back to the ball..... they can make each other better.


PostPosted: 15 Dec 2009, 22:56 

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Coach McGannon here. While not dominant, I was a capable big at 6'9" and played at Dartmouth for a terrific coach, Gary Walters, currently the AD at Princeton. Here are some thoughts for your big man.

Post flashes are key against a zone. There are NEVER straight lines, the big guy has got to be strong enough to show good misdirection and flash hard to the ball.

He should be able to read the perimeter ball movement and always work hard to be OPPOSITE the ball at the right time, creating as much space as possible for a strong flash. I know very few JR high kids who can read, be aware and anticipate this type of ball movement, and then couple it with a great flash. (very few HS bigs too!) Work with him, teach him to be patient. NO STRAIGHT LINES anf flash hard at the right time. (This also assumes the perimeter player can get him the ball on the flash)

NBA guys work on this next point. Try and get the kid to receive all post passes with a 2 footed jump stop. This permits a strong pivot on either foot, forward, reverse or inside pivot. I believe the best players are the best pivoters, with an ability to create space on demand as required.

If this youngster has a high post, mid post and low pst move, he is indeed advanced. There should be an on the low post an up and under and a jump hook. Mid post maybe a turn around J and jump hook and the high post, a face the basket move. He should also be a good passer, always looking opposite.

Good luck, feel free to contact me if I can help further.

Coach Jim McGannon
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