Purpose: To work on recovering and defending a layup attempt when beaten off the dribble and there is no help. This drill will help defenders learn to deflect or disrupt the layup attempt.
When the dribbler gains a half-step advantage on the defender, the defender should not make matters worse by fouling, especially as a player is shooting a layup (think 3-point play!). The defender should attempt to stay with the dribbler and deflect the shot as the layup is attempted.
Drill: Two players with one basketball. With more players, use two lines; one line will be the dribblers, one line will be the defenders.
X1 is the defensive player and he purposely gives O2 a half step on him. O2 penetrates toward the basket to attempt a layup. X1 stays with O2 and tries to deflect or block the layup attempt. Rotate lines.
- The defensive players should not foul the dribbler. The objective is to deflect the shot attempt, not put the shooter at the free throw line.
- Work the drill from varying positions on the court.