3 Line Close Out to Help

Yesterday we started this drill closing out to your man as if they had the ball. Today we make it a little more difficult by having the defensive close out in conjunction to the ball and their man. St...

3 Line Close Out Drill

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 m...

The Art of Trapping

One of the toughest things to teach young players is effectively trapping the basketball without committing a foul.  Trapping not only takes athleticism and skill, but it also requires a tremendous a...

Closing Out with Urgency

The #1 key to closing out is knowing who you are closing out to. Many times players just focus in on who they will be guarding in the scouting report. However, through the course of the game it is pos...

Defending Sideline Pick and Rolls

Today I am going to discuss what I think is one of the most effective technique to defend sideline pick & rolls. A sideline (or side) pick & roll is anything set from the free-throw line exten...