3 on 3 on Top (Cut & Fill)
The objective of this drill is to introduce the pressure man defensive fundamentals of jumping to the pass, denying centering passes, moving to help and stance integrity. It is a basic drill that can be used to teach defending several actions, begin with cut and fill opposite action by the three offensive players.
Emphasis #1 - JUMP TO THE PASS and defend the basket cut when ball goes from point to wing
Emphasis #2 - On the flight of the pass from point to wing, the weakside wing defender gets to help position on the lane line
Emphasis #3 - Help defenders...DO NOT allow the cutter to cross your face and catch at the nail
Emphasis #4 - Deny and force your man to catch going away from the basket with their back to the rim.
Place special emphasis on denying the wing-to-point centering pass. If a wing-to-point centering pass is knocked away with the outside had, reward the defense by rotating them out of the drill immediately.
Drill begins in point-wing-wing setup with ball in the center.
X2 and X3 are in deny stance up the line.
1 and 2 must V-cut to get open.
1 passes to 2 and X3 moves to LANE LINE but stays in a closed deny stance.
X1 jumps to the ball into a deny stance
X2 assumes on the ball stance and influences their man to the baseline checkpoint.
After 1 passes to 2 he basket cuts and fills away.
DRILL EMPHASIS: X1 jumps to the ball into deny stance to prevent the give-and-go on the basket cut.
X3 is in deny stance on lane line as 3 cuts toward the nail
DRILL EMPHASIS: X3 uses arm bar to prevent 3 from cross their face. 3 cuts towards top of circle. The goal of X3 is to deny the centering pass and make 3 catch the ball going away from basket with their back to the rim.
2 is able to complete the centering pass
X1 sprints to deny
Both X1 and X2 are in deny stance up the line preventing the point to wing pass
1 & 2 v-cut to get open as X1 and X2 deny one pass away
3 is able to reverse to 1
X2 get to the lane line
X3 jumps to the ball into deny stance to deny the give-and-go opportunity
3 cuts and fills opposite
2 flashes towards the nail
X2 meets 2 with an arm bar and denies the centering pass
1 is able to center to 2
X3 sprints to deny the full reversal on the flight of the pass
Now X1 and X3 are denying wings one pass away
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