‘Wolf’ vs. zone defense From Kevin Sivils, formerly of Runnels High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

DIAGRAM 1: 1 is the point guard, and 2 is the best 3-point shooter. 5 is the best low-post player, and 4 is the team’s most skilled screener. 3 usually is a guard or a small forward.

When the official hands the ball to 1, 5 screens in for 2 and 4 downscreens for 3. 2 comes off of the screen to the corner looking for the 3-point shot. 3 goes to the backcourt as a safety.


DIAGRAM 2: If 2 does not have a 3-point shot, 2 feeds the low post. It is possible to lob to 5 if 5 is fronted, because usually there is no help-side player. 4 backscreens 1’s defender and 1 cuts to the foul line. 2 can hit 1 for a layup or 1 can pass to 5.


DIAGRAM 3: If the ball is inbounded to 3, 4 backscreens 1, who cuts ball side on the screen. 3 hits 1 driving to the foul line. On 3’s pass to 1, 5 backscreens 2. 1 can drive for a layup or hit 2 cutting to the basket.


DIAGRAM 4: If 2 gets the pass and does not have a shot or cannot feed 5, 1 simply steps inbounds and sets up for a return pass for a 3-point shot against the zone.




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