Purpose: To improve 1-on-1 off-the-ball defense and to learn to deny the wing entry pass. When adding the 1-on-1 scoring option, both the defensive and offensive player will work on scoring or stopping the score in the 1-on-1 situation.
Drill: Have the players line up at the top of the key; the first player in line has the basketball. An offensive player starts on the wing (O2) and a defensive player is guarding him (x2).
The drill starts with O2 executing a v-cut to get open. X2 attempts to deny the pass to O2 on the wing. O2 does have the option to cut backdoor if X2 overplays the denial.
As soon as O2 does receive the pass, he should ‘catch-and-face’ the basket immediately (pivot into triple-threat position so he can see the court). He will then pass the ball back to the line at the top and the players will rotate; O1 to O2 to X2 to end of line.
- 1-on-1 Scoring Option: After the players understand the drill, footwork, etc, add this option. In this case, when O2 receives the pass, he will catch-and-face and then attempt to score in a 1-on-1 situation versus X2.
- Perform this drill on both sides of the court.