X Zone Offense

X Zone Offense

1-4 High Set. Bigs 4 and 5 set high above the elbows.  Wings 2 and 3 set high and wide. See diagrams below.

Post Entry Option  
Post - 1 Post - 2 Post - 3
Pt. guard 1 passes to big 4. Opposite big dives (x-cut to strong-side low post. Pt. Guard 1 drifts to weak-side. Big 4 passes to big 5 on dive to low post or passes to wing 3 drifting to weak-side corner. Big 4 dives to strong-side low post. Big 5 flashes high above strong-side elbow. Wing 2 drifts to weak-side corner.  Pt. guard 1 penetrates between defenders and looks for wing 2 on backdoor cut or to wing 2 in corner. When pass is made to 2 in corner high post 5 dives (x-cut) to strong-side low post. Low post 4 flashes high to strong-side above elbow. When the ball changes sides three times, you should expect an open jump shot, post-up or backdoor layup.
Figure 1  Figure 2  Figure 3
Dribble Off Post Option
Dribble - 1 Dribble - 2 Dribble - 3
Pt. guard 1 dribbles off strong-side high post 4. Strong-side wing drifts to corner. Strong-side high post 4 pops. Weak-side high post 5 x-cuts to strong-side low post. Pt. guard 1 reverses ball to 4. High post 4 passes to weak-side wing 3. High post 4 cuts to strong-side low post. Weak-side low post 5 flashes to strong-side high post. Pt. guard 1 pops out to weak-side top. Wing 3 has option of passing to 4 in low post, passing to 5 at high post or reversing ball to 1. High post 5 and pt. guard 1 reverse the ball to 2 in corner. On pass to 2, high post 5 x-cuts to strong-side low post. Low post 4 flashes to strong-side high post. Change it and backdoor corner. This will often be open after ball is reversed 3 times.
Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3
Wing Entry Option
Wing - 1
Pt. guard 1 passes to wing 2. On pass to 2, strong-side high post 4 dives to low post. High post 5 replaces 4 at strong-side high post. On pass to low post 2 cuts baseline for hand-off or continues cut to weak side corner. High post 5 makes x-cut to weak-side low post.  
Figure 1