Purpose: To learn all aspects of defensive positioning in a simple, breakdown shell drill situation. The defender will develop on-ball defense, off-ball defense, and help defense.
Drill: 4 offensive players in a shell around the perimeter. A corner player begins with the basketball. 1 defensive player guarding the player with the basketball.
Player 1 begins with the basketball and can attempt to drive baseline one time. X1 must stop the drive. O1 will then pass to O2 on the wing. O1 must stay in the same general corner area and will attempt to get open. X1 should defend and deny the pass back to O1.
If O2 cannot pass the basketball back to O1 within three seconds, he will pass to O3. X1 will shift to helpside defense being two passes away but should not allow O3 to skip pass to O1.
If O3 cannot pass the ball to O1 within three seconds, he will pass to O4. X1 should shift to proper helpside defensive positioning.
O4 will wait for the coach to yell ‘go’ and then O4 will drive baseline in an attempt to score. O1 will slide over to stop penetration and stop the score.
As a reminder, the defender will:
- Deny O1’s baseline drive.
- Deny the pass to O1 from the other players.
- Attempt to stop O4 from scoring.
After a player has been on defense, rotate one position clockwise.