The following is from Billy Pitcher, Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, Lake Zurich High School (IL):
Players needed: 3, Balls: 1, Basket: 1
Begin with 1 offensive player at the top of the key, 1 offensive and 1 defensive player on the wing.
1. Wing denial: Ball at top of key, defender is guarding at the wing with outside hand in passing lane, sliding & denying their man the ball.
2. Help on drive: Ball at top of key still and defender stunts from the wing to help. (We teach full help comes from the post spot so this is just a stunt, can be taught as full help)
3. Post denial: Ballhandler dribbles over to the wing and defender plays post D. He will ¾ then move to full front when the ball goes below the FT line.
4. Baseline drive help: Offensive player without the ball runs to opposite wing, ballhandler drives and you must give help and stop the drive. Ballhandler keeps their dribble and pulls back to wing when stopped.
5. Closeout: Ballhandler skips to opposite wing and the defender closes out high hands, low hips. Offensive player pivots, defender traces the ball.
6. Bump the Cutter: Ball is skipped back to the wing, defender just into help position then defendeds a hard cut to the ball by bumping & bodying the offensive player cutting.
7. Showing on Ballscreen: The cutter goes to set a wing ball screen. The defender will show out on the screen however you want to teach; hard show, feather, sink or switch.
8. Defending a Ballscreen: Ball is swung back to the wing and the defender is now on the ball, forcing the ballhandler to use the screen and goes over the top.
- Repeat the drill on the other side of the floor. 3 guys to a basket, rotate from ballhandler to defender to offensive player.