with Jim Boeheim,
Syracuse University Head Coach; 2013 NCAA Final Four; 2010 Naismith college coach of the year
2003 NCAA Champions; 4x Big East Coach of the Year;
distinguished member of the Naismith Hall of Fame 2005; US Mens Olympic Assistant Coach 2008 Gold Medal
In this All Access look at the Syracuse University basketball program you will get an inside look at how Jim Boeheim builds the foundation for his famous 23 zone defense and his penetrating half court offense. Coach Boeheim initiates this series of practice sessions with simple explanations of how he organizes each practice.
The practices include warm up drills that address agility and offensive and defensive principles, schemes and drills that put Syracuse at the top of polls year in and year out.
The staff starts building the famous 23 Zone with two defenders learning to play the top of the zone against a variety of situations. Youll see 2on2, 3on3 and 4on4 drills that teach the mantoman principles that help make the Syracuse zone defense so dominating. This leads into a controlled 5on5 full court scrimmage in which both squads are exposed to a variety of halfcourt and fullcourt defenses.
This practice provides unique insight into understanding defensive rotations on the weak side against ball side penetration and fighting through down screens. You will see a defensive drill progression focusing on the back row of the zone with proper closeout technique and the correct rotation in 2on2, 3on3, and 4on4 matchups.
This disc begins with the coaching staff answering questions about the 23 zone, player development, how practice evolves throughout the season and motivational tactics within the practice. On the court, the guards work on offensive tactics, while the post players continue to develop their offensive and defensive skills. The session includes a focus on defending in the 23 zone versus the high screen, which is essential to ensure the success of the Syracuse zone. Coach Boeheim puts it all together in the 5on5 setting where he emphasizes 23 zone, halfcourt mantoman, and full court mantoman runandjump defenses.
This disc begins with a valuable discussion with Assistant Coach Gerry McNamara who was also part of Syracuses National championship team. His insight as a coach and former player adds tremendous support to understanding what the Orangemen are all about. Moving to the court, the emphasis is on how to play the back of the 23 zone. This is achieved with a series of breakdown drills showing the slides and responsibilities that are key to its success.
Offensive drills are conducted showing the