Two player drill that blends deny and helpside defense with two advancements
Drill begins with a passer (Coach) at top of circle with the ball and offensive players (1&2) on the wings
X1 and X2 are in deny stance with butt to the ball, chin on their shoulder, hand and foot in the passing lane, palm away and thumb down
1 and 2 v-cut to get open - as cutter gets closer to the rim defender moves closer to cutter, as cutter gets further from the rim defender moves closer to the ball.
Deny out and make cutter receive the pass going away from the basket with back to the rim
Pass it made to 1
X1 in on-the-ball stance has high foot up not allowing the middle drive.
X2 moves to midline, but NOT in an open "pistols" stance. Stay in deny stance with chin on shoulder
X1 influeces man to the baseline checkpoint (dot in diagram)
1 may pass back to coach or skip pass to 2 (shown)
X2 executes a close out on 2 and forces to the baseline checkpoint (dot in diagram)
X1 sprints to help on the flight of the pass
2 can skip pass to 1 or pass to coach (shown)
X1 gets out quickly to deny quick reversal
When coach has the ball both defenders are denying their man and offensive players are v-cutting to uncover
Coach dribbles as if penetrating
X1 DOES NOT open up and lose sight of his man to seal the drive! Instead he stays in deny stance and "plugs the drive with his butt."
Teaching tip: Plug with your butt!
1 attacks the baseline
X2 (lowest guard) helps seal the baseline drive at the checkpoint
1 passes out to Coach or 2 and players closeout accordingly
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