Darrin Horn: Zone Offense Quick Hitters & Shooting Drills

with Darrin Horn,
University of South Carolina Head Coach;
former Western Kentucky University Head Coach

Coach Horn’s aggressive zone offense starts with an attacking transition game. Horn is committed to crashing the offensive backboards with four players making it a huge part of their offense. Zone principles include fake a pass to make a pass, line up in a gap, make two play one, make the zone move before attacking the teeth of the defense and screen and post immediately. Throwing the ball ahead or over the top is the first look in transition, followed by quickly moving the ball from side to side. The pull cut is screening the outside man in the zone for the other post. From the weak side, the Jordan cut is often open in the middle of the lane. By taking parts of the offense, Horn shows several shooting drills that fit their game plan. Quick hitting action is another component of zone offense. Timing, screening, sharp movement, good passing and player execution allow these quick hitters to yield quick points against the zone. Getting the ball to the corner is a part of these plays because it flattens the zone and makes it vulnerable. Also, Horn covers his attack against an odd front zone like the 1-3-1. The final segment demonstrates strategies for baseline OB plays against the zone.

76 minutes. 2007.

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