Defenders must learn to react and recover (scramble) when passes are flying around the perimeter — use this disadvantage drill to sharpen those skills. MORE
Closeout Defensive Rebounding
Pair players and have four sets at one basket. One player lines up at the free-throw-line extended area and assumes a ready position by holding hands in the shooting pocket.
HOW TO PLAY
The pass receiver calls, “Ball!” and the pass is made from the baseline. The passer follows the pass and readies to close out the receiver. The receiver executes a short, one-inch shot fake (with legs locked) and shoots a short shot in the air six to 10 feet away with concentration on shot technique. The defender closes out, yells “Shot!” and properly boxes out. The defender now hustles after the ball and grabs it with a “capture-and-chin” finish (secures the ball with two hands and holds it close to the chin to ward off the opposition).
When using this drill with younger players, don’t use a ball at first. Have them execute the closeout and rebounding, then eventually add a ball into the equation. Sometimes younger players are too fixated on the ball.