Man to Man Play: 5 Out Wide Zinger

This play is designed to get player #5 a pure shot opportunity, however within any play, read the defense and be ready for opportunities.


5_out_zinger1 (1K)
  1. Player 3 sets an inside screen to the left on Defender 1. As player 3 begins to move towards the ball, Player 5 cuts to the basket. If open, Player 1 gives him a high pass. If not, he fakes, uses his teammate's screen and drives all the way to the basket if he can. If not he stops at the elbow. Player 5 then clears out to the other side in case Player 1 comes all the way.
5_out_zinger2 (1K)
  1. Player 3's screen caused Defender 1 to slide through between Players 3 and 1. All other teammates rotate clockwise.
5_out_zinger3 (1K)
  1. Seeing Player 1 stop at the elbow, Player 5 cuts to the outside of the double screen, takes a handoff from Player 1 and shoots over the double screen, following his shot. Player 4 also goes for the rebound as Player 2 plays safety in case the ball is lost.

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Eliezer Sánchez says:
12/27/2012 at 9:00:39 AM

For beginners use motion offence!!!! my humble opinion....


Derrick Wilkinson says:
7/26/2011 at 10:55:05 PM

this is a great play i hope to use it in the near future i luv basketball so much i spelt love wrong and i hope i make it one day but great play


Jeff says:
10/31/2009 at 10:39:01 AM

Captain - I'm not sure how to answer your question. What age level is this for? What offense do you run? What set do you use?

There are hundreds of plays out there that will get wings open. It depends on your players strengths, situation, and so on. Also, it sounds to me like your offense needs work and there's not necessarily one play that will solve the issues.

Here are plays:

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Captain says:
10/29/2009 at 11:03:51 AM

My team is having issues playing on offense and they have been distracted by the defeners so is there a play that i can only use my wings and not my post?????
HELP we have a big game coming up



Mark Smith says:
3/4/2009 at 11:38:36 AM

3rd and 4th graders can execute this in some cases but not in othyers we are the weakest of 5 teams playing we use quick hityters with as much movement away from the ball as possible. We have some aggression issues as far as we arent during games. Right now were seeking just quick hitters utilizing 3 of the 5. I do love your site and reccomend it to othyer coaches when i get a chance. Thanks


Joe Haefner says:
1/8/2009 at 11:23:20 AM

It's just a number for a player. Make sure whatever player runs off the screen can make the shot.


Beng says:
1/8/2009 at 10:59:13 AM

Hmm. But won't number 5 be a center or something? Usually centers aren't good at shooting 3s.


August says:
10/21/2008 at 7:53:02 PM

Whoa this play help my team make it to the championship game!!! Thank you and keep up the good work...

- August


billy jeffers says:
1/5/2008 at 10:27:39 PM

that is the best play i have ever tried and it worked. now my b.ball team has won the state champion ship. if it wasn't for that play we would have lost. thank you and keep up the good work


maria says:
11/28/2007 at 12:50:04 PM

We start our season on Friday so I'll see if the ideas have helped. Thanks


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