Andreas Rauh
Andreas Rauh
Published 23 March 2024

2-3 Zone Defense - Ball at the Top of the Key

In the 2-3 zone defense with the ball at the top of the key our job is to:

  • Make sure that the point guard can't attack the paint
  • Deny the pass to the high post


We are encouraging a pass to the wing, the forwards have to be ready to help out if necessary.


3 Out / 1 High / 1 Low Formation
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Deny Dribble Penetration
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  • Our goal is to force a pass to the wing players.
  • Deny dribble penetration into the zone
3 Out / 2 Low Formation
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Deny Pass to High Post
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  • Our goal is to force a pass to the wing players.
  • We need to deny a pass to the high post
3 Out / 2 Low Formation with Good Shooter
Ready to close out to #3 on a pass
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  • x1 or x2 defend the shooter closely (whoever is closest)
  • The other guard denies a pass to the high post
Pass to the Wing (Bumping)
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  • The forward on the strong side closes out to the receiving player as soon as the pass is in the air
  • The guard recovers to defend #3 and bumps the forward back to the low post to defend their original assignement