Best Zone Blobs

Elaine Sutton
• Wednesday, 16 December, 2020
• 7 min read

I have coached at the NCAA Division 2 (Southwestern Oklahoma State University), NASA (USA), and JUNO Levels (Blind College and Carl Albert State College) as well as high school. They also run a “skip” play that is highly effective if you have a good three point shooters versus a zone.

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Fred Homburg of Iowa State runs the “middle bump” play which has a lot of action. Bob Hoffman of Mercer University runs “Low Stack” as one of his zone blob plays, and it is a great shot in the lane.

I have watched Coach Hoffman for over 20 years and I believe that he is the master of the set plays. Brian Gregory of Georgia Tech runs the “stack lob” which is one of Tom Izzy’s favorite zone set plays.

I want to put out a HUGE “Thank You” to Oak Convert for donating this YouTube clip and diagrams. Oak Convert was one of my first contributors and the first guy to make it to the NCAA Division 1 level.

The logic is pretty simple: clog the middle and force the inbounds to the perimeter. It is important you work with all your players, and especially your better shooters about their footwork going into the shot.

This is a good place to put one of your better shooters, or depending on the set, one of your big men who can finish at the rim. Most of the time it is simply to set a screen to allow the shooter an easy catch.

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Make sure to remind them of the following quote: “Two hard passes in a straight line beat a zone.” Each one of these inbounds play involve two quick passes that produces an open shot. Repeat this phrase until the understanding how the simple concept can produce so many good results.

Play #1: BOX In this play that we call Box, we put our best shooter as the in bounder, shown here as 1. It also works well if you have your two big start at the free throw line, and your guards start on the low post. It helps if your 5 is a half decent ball handler and has the strength to throw a skip pass accurately and on time.

Similarly, 4 stops their cut and screens the top defender on the zone. At this point we have sealed the weak side corner and the in bounder, our best shooter, cuts there and gets a skip pass from five.

On the break call, the two shooters must sprint to the corners hard enough to get the attention of the wing players. We are hoping they fade too far to the corner and leave the blocks open.

If the spread out to cover the shooters, one of the two big swill be open because we have overloaded the baseline. In this play we call option, we line up our best shooter with the middle defender.

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Many teams who play zone don’t anticipate this screening action. 4 holds the screen as long as he can while 5 fights to the near side block for an easy layup.

3 simply fades to the top of the key as an easy outlet if we somehow don’t get either of those first two looks. Baseline out of bounds put you in a position as a coach to help your team out as much as any other point in the game.

Null null 10/02/2018This BLOB has become our go-to call against any team that likes to play zone in baseline out of bounds situations. Bert Salvo 02/19/2016Here is an overload BLOB set, that maximizes diving action to occupy the defense and get a variety of uncontested looks.

Dana Beszczynski 01/11/2016Geno Auriga is a master of strategy and this BLOB Set vs a 2-3 Zone yields multiple scoring options with its good movement and spacing. Jens Hakanowitz 01/25/2015The Cyclones run this BLOB play vs 2-3 zone defenses.

A typical overload play to get the ball inside. As you can see in frame 2, X5 is forced to step up to the high post to guard the ball.

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Greg White 08/10/2012We use this BLOB vs a 2-3 zone defense. Greg White 08/09/2012This is a great play to use either as your first BLOB vs a team you haven't gotten to scout or out of a time-out to prepare for either a man or zone defense.

Justin Swanson 01/30/2017This Zone BLOB starts in an overload on the strong side shifting the defense from the start. From this overload, players screen the zone and work to take advantage as the defense reacts.

Randall Edens 08/19/2013This is my 3rd set of BLOB plays...this time a Baseline Series. Hopefully these with small adaptations to your personnel and use vs. Man or Zone can help win the “Special Situations” portion of each game for you.

Furthermore, we incorporate sign language here to disguise but to also teach our players a lifelong skill that is effective for play thieves who watch a lot of film. Plus, we have found it helps with our players focus these situations believe or not so ENJOY.

Follow me @CoachEdens if you have any questions and I will be glad to help. Highly-Effective Zone Out Of Bounds (Inbounds) Plays Scoring on zone inbounds plays can be the difference between a loss and a win.

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Often, coaches dismiss zone out of bounds plays and their goal is just to get the ball inbounds. While getting the ball inbounds is very important, why not try to score in these opportunities.

Inbounds plays are similar to special teams in American football, and we all know how important special teams are in football. Also, most opposing teams don't spend a lot of time defending inbounds plays during practice, so you might be able to catch them off guard for a few easy buckets before they can make an adjustment.

In next week’s feature, we will give you a series of “BLOB” plays, which you can incorporate into your own system. What caught my attention was the multiple aspects of misdirection, leading to the throwback pass.

When the 5 catches, he dribbles towards a flare screen on the weak side. In Middle Tennessee State’s first round win, this BLOB caught my attention.

My favorite part of this BLOB is that it starts in a stack formation. At this time of year, NBA teams do a terrific job of scouting.

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The first time being in the 2016 NBA Playoffs, resulting in a three pointer for Kylie Irving, to beat the Pistons. The Clippers ran a double stagger screen, to get a catch.

The following two tabs change content below. Doug Brotherton is currently the girls varsity basketball coach at The Village School, in Houston, Texas. In 2020, Brotherton led the Village School to the TAPES 6A State Championship, earning Coach of the Year Honors in Texas.

He was also the lead of the TAB Virtual Clinic, which featured over 100 speakers, made up of some of the biggest names in basketball. The first three baselines out of bounds plays (Blobs) out of the box set are very basic.

After the screens are set, 3 & 5 fill open spots on the floor. Many times, the person who sets the screen ends up being the player that is open.

After the screens are set, 5 & 4 cut to an open spot on the court. After the 5 sets the screen, 5 looks to dive the middle of the lane.

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Execution Tip: This play can be very effective and give you lay ups, if you run it right. That is the player they need to screen (head-hunt).

Tips For Running Out-of-Bounds Plays This is a great way to score more points on your out-of-bounds plays by keeping the defense guessing. Come up with a letter or number for each out of bounds play you will run.

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