WHY USE THIS DEFENSIVE BASKETBALL DRILL
Playing great defense comes down to footwork, hustle, communication, rotations and stopping the ball. This drill, which is a staple in what Tom Izzo does defensively at Michigan State, covers it all.
The offense is playing with a 6-on-4 advantage. Place an offensive player in each corner. This player must drive the baseline anytime he or she receives a pass.
HOW TO PLA Y
Action begins with a pass to the wing . On a pass to the corner, the defensive rotation begins. The wing defender slides low to follow the ball. The ball-side top defender jumps in front of his man. The weak-side top defender shifts down to the free-throwline area. The backside post gains position in the lane .
On the baseline drive, the defender in the lane steps up to stop the dribble as the ball-side wing defender slides to the block. The ball-side top defender moves into the middle of the lane while the weak-side top defender comes low to protect the backside of the lane .
It’s easier for a player starting on the weak side to slide over and defend the ball handler as the action always is in front of him or her.