The rules and slides of Baylor's unique zone defense.
Initial set up:
X1 will pick the ball early. This is NOT a "pack it in the paint" zone.
X2 guards any high post player and anticipates first pass
X3 & X4 are high and wide preventing pass into corners
X5 plays post defense
Commonly, Baylor's opponents use an two guard front.
It is the job of X1 and X2 to trade off ball pressure and high post coverage. When the pass is made from 1 to 2, X2 closes out the ball while X1 drops to high post coverage.
X3 and X4 can help the top guards cover the wings if needed, they come as high as the offense operates. If the ball is opposite of one of the wings, they want to be inside and deeper than the lowest man on their side of the court.
X1 and X2 have now traded ball pressure and high post coverage responsibility
X3 is inside of and deeper than the deepest man on his side of the floor.
X4 is in the passing lane preventing the pass to the corner
On a long pass the wing (X3) can help close out but he bumps back so X1 can cover.
X2 drops to high post coverage. These trade offs of coverage require timing and communication.
If the ball goes in the short corner, Baylor will trap
X4 must rotate over
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