Bill Self Kansas Jayhawks Zone Set Plays


Written by Wes Kosel

Wes Kosel will enter his first season as an Assistant Coach at Augustana University under Tom Billeter in 2016-2017. Kosel came to Sioux Falls after two season at Colorado College as the lead assistant. Kosel, a native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, served as an assistant coach at Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Texas Lutheran University from 2012-2014. Kosel graduated from the University of Kansas in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He also has a master’s degree in physical education from the University of Houston. While attending Kansas, Kosel served as an assistant coach at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. A life-long student of the game, Kosel honed his coaching skills by working summer camps for various programs in Texas, Colorado, Missouri, and New Mexico. Kosel also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Personal Trainer, both of which are certifications earned through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Kosel and his wife, Molly, live in Colorado Springs.

July 13, 2016

Bill Self Kansas Jayhawks Zone Set Plays by Wes Kosel

This playbook includes five zone plays from Kansas Jayhawks Head Coach Bill Self. Every year, the Jayhawks are one of the most efficient offenses in college basketball. With such a high powered offense, many teams opt to play zone defense against the Jayhawks. Bill Self does a great job teaching his players how to play against a zone including spacing and timing. The video shows several zone plays from the NCAA Tournament games against Villanova and UCONN. Kansas attacks the zone several different ways, but prefers to have two post players inside and three guards on the perimeter.


Bill Self Kansas Jayhawks Zone Set Plays

Zone Set Plays – Zone PNR Motion

This is a go-to play for Kansas against zones. It is basically a continuity ball screen motion against zone defense with 4 and 5 setting ball screens in the slot.


Zone Set Plays – Zone Double Drag

In this play, the point guard attacks the zone using a double drag ball screen against the top of the zone.


Zone Set Plays – Zone Post Flash

Perry Ellis is great at moving off-ball against both man and zone defenses. In this play, Ellis works the middle of the zone and gets a pass at the high post for a shot.

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Zone Set Plays – Zone Post X

Kansas uses this play against zone defenses with the two post players “x-ing” in the lane. The Jayhawks also send guards running the baseline to create overloads and mismatches.

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Zone Set Plays – Zone Double Runner

This zone play sends two guards running baseline. The first runner creates an overload on the right side of the floor.

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Click on the pdf link below to download the KU Zone Set Plays Playbook:

Kansas Jayhawks Zone Set Plays

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