This is a great drill to break down your defense and have them learn how to properly close out. What I teach is to sprint 2/3 to your man and break down and chop your feet, hands up and butt back on my players’ closeouts. Additionally, a lot of players don’t know how far to close out. Some close out too short and most close out too far and get blown by on the dribble. What I have learned and teach my players is to closeout an arms length away from the offensive player…just close enough to touch their middle finger to the belly button.
This creates enough space to stay in front on the dribble, but it also leaves them close enough to effectively contest the shot.