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The Buzz Defense: A Half Court Pressure Defense

with Mike Divilbiss,
Lakeland High School Athletic Director and Basketball Coach;
former Associate Head Coach at Wisconsin Green Bay & Illinois;
30 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level

Mike Divilbiss has had his fair share of successful teams in his career, and one of the commonalities shared between those teams is a high-pressure trapping defense called "The Buzz". In this unique style of play, he teaches players how to use their aggressiveness to fly all over the court and trap the opponent out of their game plan.

If you want to learn how to run "The Buzz" yourself, then this video from Coach Divilbiss will outline what you need to implement it for your upcoming season.

Basics and Alignment

Beginning with the setup, Coach Divilbiss lays out where your post players, best anticipator, best rebounder, and best trappers need to be. Players must understand their "home base" to allow them to read and anticipate where traps are going to occur. Additionally, athletes must get into passing lanes in order to force opponents exactly where you want them.

With each pass, Coach Divilbiss slows down the defense and walks you through each player's home base and responsibility so you can do the same with your own team.


In order to effectively play the Buzz defense, you must be able to do three things:

  • Play hard every single possession
  • Avoid mistakes
  • Prevent straight line passes

With each rule, Divilbiss takes you through various examples so you can see how your defense should look and react to offensive attacks. As long as your players remember to sprint, closeout and stop at their home base on the flight of the ball, you will be able to shut down the most effective offenses on your schedule.

"The Buzz" has players fly around the court, apply pressure and speed up opponents - meaning it's a blast to play in for athletes and fun to direct as a coach. Coach Divilbiss does an excellent job describing how to install and move as the ball moves within his defensive system.

77 minutes. 2019.

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Supercharge Your Offensive System : The Best Offensive Concepts I've Seen

with Fran Fraschilla,
International Basketball Analyst for ESPN;
former Division 1 college basketball coach (Manhattan College, St. John's University, and University of New Mexico);
former NABC District II Coach of the Year & MAAC Coach of the Year

Fran Fraschilla has been in the basketball world for over 40 years in numerous capacities. In that time, he's had an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the top experts in the world by coaching against the best in the college ranks and studying the very best as a commentator for ESPN.

In this video, Fraschilla shares some of the top offensive concepts he has seen. Through 14 examples, you will learn how to complement your plays with wrinkles that will give them the depth needed to score against even the toughest defensive tacticians.

Offensive Actions

Run an entry that can flow into your base offense while providing several scoring opportunities. This quick hitter will create an advantage for your post player at the rim before you've even run your main play. Fraschilla provides numerous ideas on how you can make plays more effective by tweaking elements that can help them fit the situation. You will see how to create four additional plays off this primary set through simple adjustments. These will create new scoring actions for different players in addition to helping you counter defensive strategies such as switching. Fraschilla also shows how you can use these wrinkles in your sideline inbound plays to keep things simple for your players and maximize the use of your favorite set plays.

Exploiting Your Opponent

If you have a talented player that you rely on to carry your team's offense, then you need to be ready for junk defenses. Fraschilla shows a continuity offense that can be used to get lay-ups versus Box & 1 zone defenses. You will also see how to create 2-on-1 advantages against rim protectors by distorting the zone with spacing concepts.

Attack a disorganized defense in transition with the "Kansas" secondary break. This play will help you feed the ball to your posts through quick ball reversals, lob passes, and cross screens. Additionally, you will see how this fast break play can be adapted to run in your half-court offense through a 1-4 set.

Learn how to use the Horns set in a variety of ways to continue countering all the adjustments that defenses throw at you. Fraschilla shows the "boomerang" concept that will use your guard to attack mismatches created off defensive switches. Implement false motions to scramble the defense before you hit them with a high ball screen. See how to automatically re-screen opponents that dare to go under the pick & roll.

Fraschilla also throws in two options out of a sideline inbound play that will create the 2-point or 3-point shot you need in the last second of a game. With multiple scoring options, this is a great play to keep in your back pocket for those critical situations. You will also see how Coach Fraschilla draws up plays for offensive rebounds when your team is having one of those off-shooting nights. If the ball isn't going in, then capitalize on the put-back!

This video will give you ideas for adding some depth to your plays. It will also provide you with a few sets to add to your library from a basketball expert who has seen it all throughout a lengthy career in coaching and broadcasting!

74 minutes. 2019.

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Ball Screen Defense

with Mike Thibault,
Washington Mystics (WNBA) Head Coach & General Manager;
all-time winningest coach in WNBA history;
3x WNBA Coach of the Year (2006, 2008, 2013);
2x NBA Champions with the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) as an Assistant Coach (1980,1982);
World Basketball League (WBL) Coach of the Year (1988);
1993 Continental Basketball Association Championship

Ball screens have become problematic for defenses as they have become more commonplace in the game of basketball. In this on-court presentation, Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault uses his decades of experience in professional coaching to break down how to smother ball screens whenever your opponent attempts to use them.

Basics of Ball Screen Defense

Thibault presents a simple verbal and numbering system to help define coverages for virtually every ball screen action. Starting with side ball screen options, he breaks down the defense's vulnerabilities to various types of attacks and player personnel. This unique two-pronged approach helps players better understand both their defensive options as well as the "why" behind their actions.

Coach Thibault also covers making considerations based on the scouting report, including whether the player setting the ball screen is a good shooter or if the screener is better at rolling to the basket. Additionally, the strengths of the player receiving the ball screen are also considered. Deciphering this information leads to the preferred ways in which the ball screen can be defended.

Side Ball Screen Defense

Beginning from a four-out/one-in look, Coach Thibault covers the most utilized ball screen in the game today: the side ball screen. The on-ball defender works on preventing middle penetration and forcing the ball to the sideline. As the ball screen is being set, the screener's defender must communicate early.

The main type of defense Thibault uses against the side ball screen is to "down" it. This action requires the on-ball defender to force the ball to the baseline and the ball screener's defender to play "center field."

From there, the scouting report comes into play with regard to the ball screener's offensive abilities. To deal with a ball screener who is a good at rolling to the basket, the help defense rotates to clog the lane to prevent scoring opportunities. For a screener who is a good shooter, a variety of options are presented, including rotating to take away the shot.

Top Ball Screens

In defending ball screens set at or near the top of the key, Thibault covers how to "down" a ball screen on top against a ball screener who is a non-shooter. A hard show on the ball screen, a tactic that is rarely used, is also demonstrated to deal with this tactic.

To protect against a more dynamic perimeter player, the soft show or "3" is demonstrated. Here, the on-ball defender fights over the top of the ball screen with the screener's defender dropping before covering the ball handler until their defender recovers.

Thibault places a point of emphasis on communicating coverages early and loudly. This habit must be established to deal with crowd noise and so players can communicate to the on-ball defender who doesn't have the ability to see the ball screen coming.

The aggressive approach to ball screen defense that Coach Thibault illustrates in this video is designed to help teams exert control from the defensive side of the ball and force offenses into low-percentage actions and shots. This video will give you a high-level look at how your team can combat the increased use of pick & rolls by today's high-powered offenses.

52 minutes. 2019.

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Developing Players for a Free-Flowing Offensive System

with Dan D'Antoni,
Marshall University Head Coach;
2018 Conference USA Tournament champions;
2019 CIT Champions;
led Marshall to the school's first NCAA Tournament (2018) since 1987;
former Assistant Coach (for brother Mike D'Antoni) with the Phoenix Suns, NY Knicks, and the Los Angeles Lakers;
played for the Thundering Herd (point guard);
was inducted into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990

Marshall University's Dan D'Antoni takes a deep dive into the philosophy behind player development.

Player Development Philosophies

Among the tenets Coach D'Antoni preaches are a dedication to recruiting character kids and a zealous belief in the capabilities of his players. He goes over how to set a standard of excellence by working on a wide variety of basketball skills and holding players accountable for not settling for wanting to be average.

Among the important factors Coach D'Antoni believes contribute to player development are:

  • Being a positive coach
  • Refusing to pigeonhole players into predetermined roles
  • Teaching beyond fundamentals
  • A rigorous dedication to strength and conditioning

Development Drills

After an extensive discussion about the philosophy behind player development, D'Antoni illustrates a variety of drills to help players expand their talents. Starting with warm-ups, players are challenged to step outside their comfort zone with a variety of challenging finishes at the rim.

The pick & roll serves as the basis for the brand of positionless basketball that comprises the trademark D'Antoni offensive style. His breakdown of how to teach the pick & roll starts with a two-man demonstration and quickly moves to include movement by players off the ball.

Throughout the discussion, Coach D'Antoni pays meticulous attention to attack angles, proper roll technique and how to continue the offense after the initial pick & roll attack.

Drills utilizing the pick & roll attack start with a half-court set. However, after going through a complete progression, Coach D'Antoni shows how to incorporate the pick & roll into the transition game.

This video highlights how a great offensive mind thinks about holistically improving player performance while demanding a high level of character and effort. For coaches looking to add some new wrinkles to the development of their own players, this video is both challenging and informative.

74 minutes. 2019.

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Allowing Your Players Freedom on the Court

with Steve Christiansen,
Triton College Head Coach;
2018 NJCAA D-II National Champions;
2018 NABC Junior College and Spalding NJCAA Coach of the Year;
2016 NJCAA D-II Runners-Up;
IBCA Junior College D-II Coach of the Year

Positionless offense has been a big trend in the game over the past few seasons. In a positionless style, all players must be skilled and "buy-in" to the approach.

This clinic presentation from Triton College head coach Steve Christiansen discusses player freedom and how to incorporate it into your system, no matter what scheme you run. He explains the benefit of giving players freedom of choice, which in turn creates buy-in and in the end, positionless players.

Practice Drills

Coach Christiansen takes time to explain the "why" behind his coaching philosophy of player freedom and provides many insightful points and ideas that will stimulate your own coaching beliefs. He then presents some of his favorite practice drills, beginning with ball handling drills that will help players develop the skills to play with freedom on offense.

Moving on to full-court drills with an emphasis on freedom, Christiansen shows two attacking drills that work on decision making. These drills incorporate the ball handling skills that were practiced earlier in the session. With the Drive and Dish Drill, players work on a 2-on-1 situation, learning to be aggressive and read the defense while playing with concepts that reinforce the idea of player freedom.

Christiansen continues the trend of player freedom throughout the clinic with multiple defensive and offensive drills. One of his favorite drills is the Cut Throat Drill, which is ultra-competitive and able to be altered to emphasize offense or defense.

Man-to-Man Offense

Coach Christiansen ends the presentation by outlining his man-to-man offense, which allows players to make plays out of a 4-out, 1-in setup. This offense is simple to learn and will allow your athletes room to grow and develop as they work on their game. You'll also get a passing drill to help teach your players the flow of the offense.

Sometimes, coaches can stand in the way of players reaching their potential if too many restrictions are placed around them. Coach Christiansen gives you a blueprint and a simple offense that will provide your players the freedom to excel.

63 minutes. 2019.

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