Frank Martin's Half Court Pressure Man-to-Man Defense
with Frank Martin,
University of South Carolina Head Coach;
2017 Final Four;
2017 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year;
former Kansas State University Head Coach; 2010 Big 12 Coach of the Year
Through practice footage and on-court clinic instruction, Frank Martin dissects the details for building his team's pressure half-court man-to-man defense. These drills will help you build a defensive unit capable of shutting down opponents on a consistent basis. Martin's smothering defense combines an aggressive man-to-man defense with pack line principles. Every drill has a purpose to teach his players how to communicate and build trust with each other and the coaching staff.
As a coach who firmly believes in pressure half-court defense, Coach Martin begins with the most basic concept of pressuring the basketball. The pick-up point of the defense is at the half-court line with the on-ball defender working to force the ball one way while keeping it out of the middle. By being on the line, up the line, and getting skinny, teammates are able to pressure the ball. This forces the offense to dribble and look for dribble pull-up shots instead of finding open teammates with a better scoring opportunity.
Off the ball, all four remaining defenders play up the line and deny all passes. The most notable concept is that the further the man being defended is from the ball, the closer the defender is to help. Being in the gaps between the ball and the man being guarded puts even more pressure on the ball handler.
Martin's defense comes down to attitude and aggressiveness. Pressuring the ball and passing lanes up the line fuels defensive intensity. This level of intensity leads to the opponent getting taken completely out of their offense.
Martin wants defenders to be closer to the ball than their man, which means post players must work to break contact with the offense and stay up the line. As the ball moves below the free throw line, post players get to the baseline and close the gap between the ball and post offense. They must also be able to guard away from the basket, developing a quick first step to cut off their defender.
In the Short Closeout drill, post players progress from a closeout where they square off. Offensive players add a dribble so defenders can work on a big, quick first step to level off the dribbler.
4-on-4 Full Court
Coach Martin uses 4-on-4 Full Court to install all of his principles that were taught in break down drills. By extending his aggressive man-to-man principles, he looks to wear out the opponent and force turnovers late in the game. Players must be able to 'sell out' in help if the ball handler beats their defender. The second line of pressure must use the principle of stunt and stay to force the ball handler to make a decision in the open court.
Once in the half court, Martin's defense is put to the test defending ball screen action, cross screens, and down screens. As the ball screen occurs, help side players shorten the gap between the ball handler and their man, assuring there is help on the post player that rolls or pops.
Open Court Situations
Using a constant full court build up drill, your players will attack the basket in the open court and learn to never give up on the play as a defender. Starting with 2-on-1 and building to 3-on-2, players apply their stunt and stay principle in the open court, forcing offensive players to make a choice between keeping the ball or passing in a tight space.
Ball Screen Coverage
Continuing to build on his ball screen coverage, Martin has players work on going under the screen. In this half court situation drill, athletes work to be up the line, on the line, and closer to the ball than to their man. The corner help side defender must slide up the line to stay with a shooter rising from the corner and cut the gap on the post player rolling to the basket.
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Individual & Team Shooting Drills That Simulate Game Situations
with Pat Clatchey,
Mount St. Joseph (MD) High School Boys Head Coach;
over 600 career wins; 16x Coach of the Year;
2018 Jordan Brand Classic Coach;
2009 McDonald's All-American Head Coach;
23 league and tournament championships since 2003;
has developed over 40 D-I student athletes
Strong defenses won't let great shooters easily find an open shot. This video will help you train your players to be threats in any situation by scoring off of dribble moves or by utilizing screens!
Starting from a basic warm-up and progressing through highly challenging catch-and-move drills, Pat Clatchey has put together a comprehensive compilation of individual and team drills that are both varied and highly effective. Each drill is broken down to provide focus on key areas of the game. Penetrate and kick drills highlight the importance of making accurate passes to the perimeter and using a quick shooting release. Continuous ball screen drills are designed to help players focus on pocket passing, footwork on the roll, and attacking options off the screen.
Individual Shooting Drills
Learn five shooting drills that will work with any group size - from skill development sessions to large camps. These drills will give players the repetitions they need to develop a collection of scoring moves from various distances on the court. The Follow the Leader and Righty, Lefty drills will teach your athletes how to finish in the paint with layups or pull up from mid-range.
Great shooters can knock down the shot when they are open. However, the best scorers can create their own shot. One Minute Shooting trains players to shoot on the move through curls, flares, or sprinting the sideline in transition. The Hand-off Shooting and the 2 Ball Chair drills will develop athletes into effective scorers off the dribble with hand-offs and ball screens.
Competitive Shooting Drills
Putting pressure on shooters in practice is essential because they're going to face pressure while shooting in a game. Two competitive drills will have your players facing off against each another to have the best shooting performance. The challenge of each drill will motivate your athletes to focus on perfecting their technique in order to best their previous records.
Team Shooting Drills
Coach Clatchey shows how he incorporates five team-based shooting drills into his practices for larger groups of players. These drills emphasize making players into dynamic scorers by being able to shoot with consistency off the dribble. The Continuous Ball Screen drill shows screeners how to score effectively off rolls and pops. Also, you'll see how you can condition with a purpose with the Full Court Shooting drill.
Clatchey takes you through various facets of each drill, including set-up, points of emphasis and ways to tailor each drill to your players' skill level. Watching Coach Clatchey supervise a live version of each drill also offers valuable insights into how one very successful coach looks to build excellence in practice.
By incorporating both individual and team drills, this video gives you a full menu of ways to take your players' shooting to new distances and your team's offense to even greater heights!
63 minutes. 2018.
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Greg McDermott: Special Situations & Offensive Sets
with Greg McDermott,
Creighton University Head Coach;
2013 MVC Regular Season and Tournament Champions,
3x MVC Tournament Champions; led team to a school record 29 wins in 2012.
Get out your notebook and sharpen a few extra pencils, because this video is loaded with plays that you'll want to install with your team!
In this on-court instructional video, Greg McDermott covers a ton of areas that are sure to help your team with getting necessary buckets, as well as working on essential defensive concepts.
McDermott provides a toolbox of quick-hitting plays against a zone, baseline out of bounds plays, a variety of end-game plays (including some based on limited time on the clock), his favorite transition defense drills, his favorite rebounding drills, and the shell drill he uses each practice. He opens by discussing the need to prepare your team for anything, especially injuries to key positions.
Transition Defense Drills
Coach McDermott is a strong believer in taking easy opportunities in transition away from the opposing team. He shares a couple of transition defense drills that he uses to ensure that his team doesn't give up easy baskets. These drills work on stopping the ball, loading up to the ball side, communicating, and making sure the defense coming from behind flows to the weak side. These drills always end with the defense converting to offense and coming back trying to score.
- 5-on-3 Transition Defense - Communication is key in this drill. McDermott challenges the offense to get a shot off quickly by using a 12 second shot clock.
- 5-on-4 Transition Defense - This simulates teams that don't send their 1 and 2 to the boards. The defense focuses on double-teaming or pinching out during the box out.
- Circle Transition - A great drill for causing match-up issues for the defense. The unpredictable nature of this drill makes communication and purpose of action key.
One huge emphasis that McDermott stresses with all of his drills is they must be game-like. For transition defense, disadvantage drills are useful, but simply going with the disadvantage number isn't game-like. McDermott likes to limit the number of players, but then quickly add them so they eventually match-up evenly.
Quick-Hitters Against a Zone
Coach McDermott provides seven quick-hitting plays to use against a 2-3 zone. He covers ball movement, player movement, timing, screening, and how to seal. These plays contain options for getting a specific player open, 3-point shots from the top, shots from the corner, getting the ball to the high post, and generating low post opportunities. He explains that some of the plays' movements and actions are the same in order to help disguise the true intent.
Out of Bounds and Late Game Set Plays
McDermott shows a series of situational sets against zone and then a series of out of bounds plays to build efficiency out of timeouts and dead balls.
- Baseline Out of Bounds Plays - McDermott shows three plays to get great looks at the hoop. Your bigs will be excited, as each of the plays include a lob option.
- Sideline Out of Bounds - Four sideline out of bounds plays are included. These plays aren't only great for quick looks, but are fantastic for creating mismatches or when you're trying to score late in the game. Plays include slips, elevator screens, and 3-point shots.
- Late Game Plays for 3 - McDermott details three plays that can be used efficiently late in the game, both out of a timeout or on the fly.
Coach McDermott also provides some thoughts and instruction on the standard Shell Drill. However, his additional tweaks and philosophy behind it keeps the action going. With McDermott's version of the Shell Drill, you can realistically review all of your defensive actions in just 5 minutes.
This video is based on the most common questions Coach McDermott gets from other coaches. From key defensive drills to offensive plays, this
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Craig Doty: Offensive Success vs a Switching Man-to-Man Defense
with Craig Doty,
Graceland University (IA) Head Coach;
2018 NAIA Division I National Champions;
2018 NAIA Division I National Coach of the Year;
2018 Don Meyer National Coach of the Year Award;
former Rock Valley College Head Coach;
2-Time NJCAA DIII National Champions (2014, 2016);
2x NABC National Junior College Coach of the Year
For many teams, defenses they're not accustomed to seeing can become a nightmare. For coaches who go up against man-to-man defenses that switch constantly, this change-up can cause problems. In this video, the 2018 NAIA Championship-winning Coach of the Year, Graceland's Craig Doty, demonstrates ways in which his teams gain advantages against this different type of man-to-man defense.
Doty passes on useful plays that will help your team not only verses switching defenses, but also with straight up, man-to-man and zone defenses. With each play, he explains the exact timing and spacing required for these plays to be successful. Throughout the video, Doty emphasizes the mismatches that occur when teams switch and how each of his plays take advantage of these mismatches. He also shares how his program uses analytics to improve in games and practices.
Regular Man-to-Man vs. Switching Man-to-Man
Coach Doty shows how he takes advantage of defenses that like to switch by first showing a variety of plays against straight man-to-man defense. Then, he demonstrates what the offensive set looks like against a switching man-to-man defense.
Out of a Horns set, the play "Pro 1" starts with a pass to the post and a dive to the basket by the point guard. Against a regular man-to-man defense, the play typically ends with either an open jump shot for the point guard or a feed into the post. However, the switching man-to-man defense ends with a seal by the post for a high-low duck-in pass.
Another Horns set, "Pro 3" is used to set up a help-side down screen on an entry to the elbow. Against a regular man-to-man defense, the wing uses a screen to get a jumper. With a switching man-to-man defense, a high-low entry to the screening post man against the wing's defender creates an interior mismatch that leads to many easy baskets.
Utilizing Early Offense
When attacking in transition offense, a switching man-to-man defense can cause problems. To get around this, Coach Doty shows maneuvers using post and wing interchanges and dribble hand-offs to create mismatches and exploit switches.
Also demonstrated are "Harvard" and "Cross." Both actions lead to opportunities to use cutting actions by the wings that lead to easy baskets in transition.
Sets vs. 2-3 Zone
When facing a 2-3 zone, switching principles still apply, as screened zone defenders are oftentimes replaced by other zone defenders having to come out and guard the basketball on the perimeter. You'll see how using down screens and flare screens on the top of the zone create open 3-point shots.
Running Bulldog against a 2-3 zone leads to many open opportunities to get the ball inside to a post player who can score. Flood is also demonstrated as a zone offense designed to take advantage of the zone.
Doty invests some time to talk about his program's use of analytics. Using analytics can help you determine who should and should not be on the court. However, Doty also uses analytics to show players why they are successful and why others are not.
The actions and techniques shown in this video create opportunities for offenses to attack switching and zone defenses. Coach Doty's principles are a must for anyone looking to expand their playbook to better handle uncommon defenses.
Produced at the Nike Championship Basketball Coaches Clinic - Indianapolis (IN); Fall 2016 .
71 minutes. 2018.
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Mike Procopio's 3-on-3 Player Development
with Mike Procopio,
Director/President of Hoop Consultants;
Director of Player Development for the Dallas Mavericks (NBA);
Director of Basketball Operations for ATTACK Athletics in Chicago (IL);
has worked with Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Caron Butler, as well as 75 other NBA players;
Strategic Game Management Coach to Kobe Bryant for two seasons (2009-12 and 2 NBA Championships); former Maine Red Claws (NBDL) Assistant Coach
He is the best player development coach in the NBA. Mark Cuban - Owner, Dallas Mavericks
Coach Mike Procopio provides a way for you to work on various aspects of team development, both offensively and defensively, using 3-on-3 play.
There are numerous benefits to using 3-on-3 play:
- It provides more touches
- Forces the defense to focus more and communicate better
- Teaches players offensive concepts, how to execute them, and how to make reads off each
The other aspect that makes this video valuable is it's perfect for coaches who, for various reasons, have a small number of players at practice.
Coach Procopio goes through a variety of game situations that are used frequently throughout a game. He communicates in a way that is easy to understand and can quickly be put into a practice plan to make your team better.
Coach Procopio opens by explaining the various rules you can apply to enhance the concept being taught to get players outside of their comfort zone. He covers rules for when athletes can screen, can't dribble, have a specific number of dribbles, can or cannot switch, and what players must do after they pass.
The 3-on-3 offensive and defensive concepts covered in this video include:
- Pin Downs
- Wide Pin Downs
- Post Entry Off a Cross Screen
- Back Screens
- Pick & Roll
Some of the skills players will learn from these 3-on-3 drills include:
- Timing of screens
- Importance of where on the floor certain screens should be set
- Passing angles
- Post entry passes
- Talking on defense
- Fighting through screens
- Help defense
- How to recover defensively if you get clipped on a screen
- Offensive reads coming off a screen
Coach Procopio demonstrates a very popular NBA set called Pistols and how it can be taught using 3-on-3. The focus of the set is to show how difficult it is to defend a pin down screen action where the player coming off the screen immediately goes into a dribble hand-off.
This is a great video for coaches at any level to learn how to teach offensive and defensive concepts in a 3-on-3 setting.
65 minutes. 2018.
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