Shadow Press - Additional Options: Fake Trap, Jump Switch, Up Options
Mainly used as a 3/4 court, containment press. However, it is very flexible and can be deployed in a variety of situations. The "shadow" player (4 as diagrammed below) plays 8 to 10 feet behind the ball in a supporting role and has the option of trapping, faking a trap or jumpswitching.
Trap - X1 assumes a pass denial position against Player 1. If/when Player 1 receives the the ball, X1 assumes and on ball position pushing Player 1 to the sideline checkpoint.
X2 assumes a pass denial position against Player 2 then rotate to Top I helpside denying any pass to the middle.
X3 assumes a pass denial position against Player 3 denying the critical pass up the sideline.
X4 playing off, SHADOWS Player 1 and locks up with X1 trapping Player 1 near the sideline checkpoint.
X5 assumes a helpside Low I position against Player 5 and protects the basket.
Same action as SHADOW TRAP (Frame 1) except X4 fakes a trap. SHADOW (X4) maintains and 8'-10' supporting position to allow X1 to "get into" and pressure the ball. X4 stunts as if setting the trap then backs off.
At midcourt, X4 matches up with Player 4 and X2 stays with Player 2.
X4 faking the trap keeps Player 1 guessing and slows the advancement of the ball
NOTE: If the inbounds pass goes to Player 2, SHADOW (X4) fakes the trap with X2 and X1 assumes the helpside TOP I position
Jump Switch Option
Same action as SHADOW TRAP (Frame 1) except X1 and X4 invert and execute an aggressive jump switch on Player 1.
X1 assumes the SHADOW position maintaining an 8'-10' supporting position.
At midcourt X4 matches up with Player 4, X1 stays with Player 1 and X2 stays with Player 2.
Jump Switching provides another way to keep Player 1 guessing.
NOTE: If the inbounds pass goes to Player 2, SHADOW (X1) jump switches with X2
Pressure the Inbounds - Same alignment as FACE Trap except that X4 rotates quickly to the SHADOW position instead of trapping the inbounds pass.
X4 maintains the 8'-10' supporting position and has the options of trapping, faking the trap or jump switching with X1.
NOTE: If the inbounds pass goes to Player 2's side, X4 rotates to the SHADOW position supporting X2. X1 assumes the helpside TOP I position.
UP Option Continued...
Pass Out of Trap - Close Out to near man. X1 maintains pass denial position against Player 1 preventing the return pass to the ball handler.
X2 closes out to an on ball position against Player 2 pushing Player 2 to the near sideline or baseline checkpoint.
X3 assumes a LOW I helpside position against Player 3 and is responsible for the basket area.
X4 sprints to top of circle assuming a TOP I helpside position against Player 4.
X5 roates down and fronts post.
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