Purpose: To practice the conversion from on-the-ball to off-the-ball defense. Many players think that their defensive responsibility ends when the player they are guarding passes the basketball. Good defenders will react, anticipate, and play good defense rather than be lazy.
Drill: 2 offensive players and 1 defender guarding the player with the ball. O1 makes the pass to O2 on the wing. X1 ‘jumps to the ball’ as the pass is made; staying in a low denial stance to prevent the give-and-go cut.
The defender must get in front of the offensive player’s cut (between ball and man) and deny the return give-and-go pass.
- Anticipation and quickness are necessary for success.
- Rotate offense to defense to end of the line. Bring a new offensive player out on each stop or change of possession.
- Have a consequence so that if the offensive player scores or is fouled, the defender stays on defense and new offensive player is rotated in.