Purpose: To help the defensive player learn how to fight through a downscreen.
Drill: Player 1 starts the drill by setting a downscreen on the low block for player 2. O2 will cut around the screen to the elbow. The defender should ‘tag’ the cutter and go around the screen with him. Once past the screen, take the inside route to closeout.
Many coaches, in this instance, will teach X2 to go over the screen (between the screen and his teammate, X1 — X1 is not shown but he would be guarding O1). This is also fine, but by ‘tagging’ the cutter (trailing closely behind), and then closing out, you can fight through the pick more easily. I am not talking about trailing lazily behing your opponent, but basically being his shadow…close enough to ‘tag’!
Also, in order for this defensive method to work, X1 would need to step to the high side to eliminate the possibility of a curl cut. This defender will still be in position to defend a pass to the screener, O1.