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3-2 Zone Defense

The 3-2 defense provides tremendous pressure on wing entry passes from the top of the key along with great coverage against perimeter shooters. This defense can be disguised initially as a straight man-to-man by extending the point-defender into the backcourt. The high-post and center of the defense are vulnerable in this type of setup, so this defense is best applied to ...

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Tom Izzo Three Man Defensive Shell Closeout Drill

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo utilizes the three man defensive shell drill as a staple in many of his practices. The drill emphasizes proper help defense positioning, active communication across the defense,  immediate rotation when the offense passes the ball, and proper technique when dealing with cutters and movement within the offense. The three man shell defense also acts as an effective ...

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Mike Dunlap 3-on-3 Full Court Drill

Full court 3-on-3 provides a tremendous diagnostic test to determine who on your team can and cannot play basketball. It exposes players in a meaningful way, demonstrates which players know how to win, showcases team and individual defensive capabilities, and improves cardiovascular fitness. This drill also allows you as a coach to manipulate the rules to emphasize key principles: no dribble, ...

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Four Baseline Out-of-Bounds Plays From the Box Formation – Pat Summit Tennessee Vols

The post below includes four simple baseline inbounds basketball plays to run out of a box formation. Installed as a series, the four provide complimentary action to each other, one setting up the other, to keep the defense guessing through the course of the game. The final play of the series–called “Vols”–is used by Pat Summit’s Tennessee women’s team. The video ...

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Bob Hurley “Weak Link” Peer Pressure Passing Drill

I recently came across Bob Hurley’s “Weak Link” passing drill, loved it for its simplicity and effectiveness, and had to share. It comes from Hurley’s “Bob Hurley: Practice Planning & Program Development” DVD. For more content from Hurley, please check out Bob Hurley End-of-Game Press Break and “Diamond” Side Out-of-Bounds Play. Hurley makes this a part of...

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1-3-1 Half-Court Zone Trap

The 1-3-1 zone defense provides strong coverage to the high post and wing area while putting great pressure at the point of attack. Teams often incorporate a half-court trap out of this zone creating a look that has two players trapping the ball, two players in the passing lanes preventing ball reversal and a pass down the sideline, and one player ...

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Guide to the Flex Offense Now Updated With 2 New Videos

We just updated our guide to running the flex offense to include two new videos to help you visualize the key motions.  The guide includes the five basic principles of the flex offense, along with a downloadable PDF to easily add to your own archives. To extend your implementation of the flex offense, we’ve also added a number of separate quick ...

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Zone Offense Quick Hitter: “1-3-1 Fist Down” – Izzo Michigan State

This zone quick hitter comes from Tom Izzo of Michigan State. “Fist-Down” creates tremendous decision-making pressure on the interior of the zone defense, putting them in a no-win situation regardless of who they cover. It comes from Izzo’s Basketball Smorgasboard of Drills and Basketball Wisdom DVD. The play uses a screen in the middle of the zone to free up a ...

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Stanford Zone Offense Attack – Patterned Offense Versus Zones

The continuity zone motion offense below outlines patterned offense that Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer runs versus zones.  Her zone and man offense in her Stanford Women’s Basketball All Access DVD from Championship Productions. The play works from 1-3-1 initial setup and emphasizes wing cutters hunting the short corner behind the zone — frequently a weak point in most 2-3 zone defenses. ...

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Read & React Quick Hitter: 3 Short SPRINT – Wing Ball Screen Continuity Play

The quick hitter below works nicely for coaches running the Read & React offense out of a 3-Out, 2-In set with the post players playing in the short corners. The play works as a continuity offense that creates strong ball screens on the wing and presents multiple pitch-out and dump-off options for the ball-handler. On a pitch-out to the perimeter, the ...