Purpose: To work on containing a dribbler and then reacting to the pass by jumping to the ball and denying the return pass on a cut to the basket.
Drill: Two players needed for this drill; O1 is on offense with the basketball and X1 is on defense. Two coaches, managers, or additional players are needed with one on each wing (‘C’ in the diagram).
O1 will start with the basketball near the midcourt line. X1 will start just below the free throw line.
O1 will start dribbling and advancing with the basketball. X1 must closeout and contain O1 so as not to get beaten off the dribble.
If O1 is contained, he can make the pass to either wing. After making the pass, he will cut to the basket for a return pass (give-and-go). X1 must jump to the ball on the pass and deny the return pass.
- The first priority for X1 is to stop the drive. If X1 fails to stop the drive, he should stay on defense (same dribbler or new dribbler if you have a line at the top).
- The second priority is to deny the return pass on the cut and that is achieved by jumping to the ball and staying between man and ball. If X1 fails and gives up a basket, he stays on defense.
- The wing passers should attempt a pass even if it seems covered. (No lobs, however, since there is no weakside help). We still want to force the defender to defend and see the ball. If he is in proper position, he’ll get the steal. For this reason, the passers should be coaches or managers if at all possible. I don’t want players to purposely make bad passes or force passes that aren’t there.