Purpose: To work on defensive principles when guarding the dribbler who penetrates the lane. Helps to develop footwork and man-to-man defensive skills.
Drill: Two players begin as shown in the diagram. O1 has the basketball while X1 defends. For the sake of this drill, X1 starts slightly out of position so he is basically giving up the lane penetration.
On ‘Go’, the defensive player must cut off the dribbler in the lane to force a turn or crossover. The defender must stay in the stance and maintain good pressure while still moving quickly enough to cut off penetration.
As the offensive player attempts to shoot, the defender should maintain good ball pressure, contest the shot attempt, block out and secure the rebound.
Rotate offense to defense and defense to end of the line. The new player stepping into the drill will be on offense.
Part of the purpose of this drill is to maintain good ball pressure when the dribbler reaches the lane. Many defenders back off when the ball reaches the lane or they commit a silly foul. Therefore, remind the players…:
- Steals are not necessary nor are they a priority. More often than not, a steal attempt will result in a foul … stick with playing solid defense.
- If the offensive player scores or is fouled, the defender stays on defense while a new offensive player rotates in. The defender will stay on defense until he achieves a proper defensive stop.