Purpose: A drill to teach zone offense passing and movement skills that works on a variety of aspects such as feeding the high post, moving without the basketball, and catching at the ready to shoot.
Drill: Two lines and a coach or passer needed for this drill. The coach stands at the elbow / free throw line area. One line starts at the top and one line on the wing. Players, or at least the first couple of players in line O1 should have a basketball.
The first player in line 1 passes the ball to the coach. As the coach catches the ball, the wing player (2) will slide down to the corner while calling ‘slide’ (or some other key word to let the high post player know that he is open). The shooter should have good footwork and catch the basketball in a position to shoot quickly.
The high post feed will often create open perimeter shots against all zone defenses. As defenders collapse on the ball, the perimeter player should slide to an open area, call for the ball and be prepared to shoot.
The high post player should catch the basketball and face the basket. This will open up his vision of the entire court to find the open teammate.
As this drill also works on passing out of the high post, you may want to have your post players in that position instead of a coach. Have the post flash up to receive the pass, turn and make the kick-out pass to the perimeter. You can even add a defender on the post to harass him while making the pass.