Top 10 Plays of 2015 – pt 2

By Justin Scanson

(See FastModel Sports’ Top 10 Plays of 2015 pt 1 (6-10) here:

A consistent theme as we released our #FastDrawTop100 this year was Zone Offense. Coaches are seeing more and more zone at every level and are looking for new ways to attack any zone they might see. 7 of our top 10 plays are designed to attack a half court zone offense. So without further ado:

Here are FastModel Sports’ Top 10 Plays of 2015 (1 – 5)

(Click on any of these diagrams to open the play in our Playbank and click “Send to FastDraw” to add the play to your FastDraw library)


#5 – Early Offense (BYU Pistol) by Randy Sherman


#4 – Continuity Zone Offense – Rotation by Daniel Murphy

Zone Continuity

This is 1-3-1 continuity zone offense used against a 2-3 zone defense. This rotation continuity allows an offense to keep flowing and have players cutting and move the ball side to side. As the ball is moved side to side players should look to drive gaps and score or make plays for teammates.

The 1-3-1 zone offense continuity rotation allows the offense to execute these key principles. Skip passes and screening the inside and outside of the zone are also effective.

Dribble penetration vs. the zone defense is key to breaking the defense down.  Driving gaps and making 2 defenders play 1 offensive player creates scoring opportunities for the offense. Pass fakes are another key to use against a zone defense.  The pass fake can freeze or shift the zone.

#3 – 1-3-1 Flash Zone Offense by Bert DeSalvo


This continuity zone offense incorporates the weakside guard flashing through the lane to get another touch. If your best player is a guard this is a nice way to get him/her an opportunity to make a play with the ball in their hands in the lane against a zone.

#2 – 4 High Zone Offense by Justin Scanson


This is a fantastic zone offense that can be run at all levels. It is the perfect “First Zone Offense” to be taught at the middle school or sub varsity level with easy setup and rules.  There is also enough options that more advanced levels of basketball would see success with this offense.


  • From 1-4 set, high post entry. Look for the post that did not receive the entry to dive to the basket. This is hard to guard at all levels.
  • From the wing with posts at short corner/high post, high post entry.  Look for the post at the short corner to cut across the lane to the opposite block.
  • From the wing with posts at short corner/high post, skip pass. Posts can X cut or straight cut.

#1 – Tug Motion (Zone Offense)



The key to this zone offense is to get your baseline runner to buy in to the idea of crossing the lane on high post entry. I hope you like it and I hope that teams don’t immediately change to man defense when you start getting layups!


See Plays 6-10 here:

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