Mike Hopkins: 2-3 Zone Defense - Scouting Adjustments and Breakdown Drills
with Mike Hopkins,
University of Washington Head Coach;
former Syracuse University Assistant Coach;
Court Coach for Team USA in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2010 and 2012;
two-year starter for Syracuse and was a team captain his senior year
Mike Hopkins has been an assistant coach for the Syracuse University basketball program for more than 20 years. Under head coach Jim Boeheim, Coach Hopkins has helped guide the Orange to the NCAA Tournament 16 times, including a National Championship in the 2002-03 season. In addition to his role at Syracuse, Coach Hopkins has been an on-court coach for Team USA's Men's National 21-and under team trials (2000, 2001) and recently was responsible for player evaluation and selection for USA Basketball at the London Olympics.
Syracuse basketball is acclaimed for its exclusive use of the 2-3 zone defense. Mike Hopkins has a unique expertise in this defensive style. He has both played for legendary coach Jim Boeheim and coached for the Syracuse Orange for over 20 years. Along the way, they have made postseason appearances every year with just one lone exception. This is in large part because of the 2-3 zone's ability to frustrate opponents.
Coach Hopkins gives you the "secret sauce" to the Syracuse 2-3 zone. You will learn everything that makes their zone defense unique through a detailed explanation of player responsibilities of each position, in-game adjustments, breakdown drills and more!
2-3 Zone Rotation and Responsibilities
With his coverage of each position, you will learn critical teaching points for guards, forwards, and centers. With the ball at the wing, Coach Hopkins shows how players should slide to take away the shot without giving up driving lanes. You'll see how to take away the high post pass and cover return passes to the top. The ball in the short corner initiates their "54 Trap." Coach Hopkins demonstrates how to pressure opponents with this trap and how to counter the high post dive with help-side defenders.
2-3 Zone vs Common Offense Sets
With a long history of running the 2-3 zone, the coaching staff of Syracuse University has had to pioneer the evolution of numerous defensive adjustments as opponents find new ways to attack their defense. Coach Hopkins shows you how to adapt to some of the most common offensive strategies used against the zone.
- Change your tactics versus high post players with different skill levels
- See how you can press up or sag with your center when the ball gets to the high post
- Keep the ball out of the middle by disrupting double high post flashes with your guards
- See how you can fight through "inside" ball screens and rotate players to cover shooters versus quick ball reversal
- Learn how to defend high ball screens by creating a wall with your center
Additional strategies are discussed for defending the low post, rotating your center to cover perimeter shooters, "icing" ball screens, stunting versus dribble penetration, and defending opponents that use four perimeter players on offense.
2-3 Zone Position Drills
Coach Hopkins demonstrates five position-specific drills to help you teach the fundamentals to each piece of the zone defense. Three drills for your center will train them to become a living wall that can shut down drives into the paint. One drill will help your guards focus on denying the high post and fighting through screens to cover shooters. Another drill teaches your forwards how to rotate from the wing to short corner.
Additionally, Coach Hopkins discusses how to defend plays using the 1-4 High alignment and using the zone versus baseline inbounds. You will also gain some ideas for increasing your pressure with different half court traps and full court pressure.
Coach Hopkins has delivered THE must-have resource for any coach looking to play with a 2-3 zone defense.
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Bruce Weber: Rebounding Drills & Last-Second Plays
with Bruce Weber,
Kansas State University Head Coach;
2013 Big 12 Coach of the Year;
former University of Illinois Head Coach;
2005 Naismith 'College Coach of the Year' Award;
2005 NCAA National Runner-up; 2x Big Ten Championship Coach
The war for the boards is one of the most critical components of winning in basketball. Giving yourself second chance opportunities to score while limiting your opponent's possessions can easily swing the momentum of a game in your favor.
In this video, you'll get a chance to learn the nine practice drills that Bruce Weber uses with his team at Kansas State to develop strong rebounders. Additionally, you will see practice drills for improving your passing, spacing, execution in crunch time, while also getting five last-second plays for the end of games.
Coach Weber demonstrates two drills that he uses to start his practices in a productive manner by teaching fundamentals. The Step-Off Passing drill teaches your players how to get open for the pass, pivot through pressure, and make on-target passes to teammates. The Rope Action drill develops your team's instinct to maximize space and play off dribble penetration from any type of action you might use in your offense.
Ranging from 1-on-1 to full 5-on-5 competition, these nine drills will give you a wide range of options for including rebounding in all of your practices. See how you can defeat a block out to grab offensive rebounds with the 1-on-1 Pad Rebounding drill. Add an additional challenge for your players by forcing them to find a new player to block out in the 3-on-3 Rotate drill or to secure the rebound while outnumbered in the Scramble Rebound drill. Weber explains his scoring method to turn each of these competitive practice drills into a battle.
The Rush Rebound drill will test the toughness of your players with its non-stop full court action. Weber also discusses how to hold off your opponent from stealing easy second chance points by blocking out in free throw situations.
There are no 'magic plays' that will always deliver a victory when you need it in crunch time; rather, the real secret is that teams who consistently find a way to win when the game is close have developed that edge in practice with lots of practice under pressure. Coach Weber explains two practice drills he uses to prepare his players for excelling under pressure.
- The "Perfect Finish" drill puts players in a late game situation where a failure to execute results in a loss.
- The "30 Second Drill" challenges your defense to shut down their opponent for an entire possession.
In addition to these drills, Weber also demonstrates five sideline inbound plays that will help your players score through a variety of offensive actions. You'll get options for scoring off of flex screens, baseline staggers, flares, and more. These plays will help you score versus opponents who want to switch everything at the end or give you a solid option when you're unsure if your opponent is going to come out in a zone or man defense. All of these plays also give you a flurry of consecutive screens to present several chances to score from each set.
If you need drills to upgrade your rebounding or are seeking plays and ideas for improving your performance in late game situations, then this video from Coach Weber is for you!
Produced at the Spring 2017 Las Vegas (NV) clinic.
75 minutes. 2017.
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Breakdown Drills for the 4 Out/1 In & 3 Out/2 In Motion Attack
with Bill Self,
University of Kansas Head Coach;
Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2017); 600+ Career Wins;
2016 AP, USA Today, Bleacher Report's & NABC Coach of the Year;
2008 NCAA National Champions,
2012 NCAA Runner-Up, 13x Big 12 Regular Season Champions (2005-2017),
Naismith College Coach of the Year (2012),
John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award (2013)
Watch the Kansas Jayhawks breakdown their Fist and Four-Game ball screen offenses through practice drills. Head coach Bill Self explains concepts on a whiteboard in addition to showing you everything he discusses live on the court.
These drills are split into position-specific workouts for your bigs and guards so you can maximize your teaching of the details to each players' skill set. You'll have a much better understanding of how to implement Kansas' 3-out and 4-out ball screen attacks with the 17 drills demonstrated in this video.
Breakdown Drills for Bigs
Watch as post players are led through eight drills that refine their skill set for operating in the low post, utilizing ball screens, and playing through high-lows. A critical component to post play is sealing the defender to receive the ball. Learn a drill specifically designed for teaching post players how to use the duck-in move to seal defenders high for lob passes and easy finishes. Self reinforces this action through a progression of drills that have posts build up the movements of their high-low passing game.
In the 2v1 drill, players practice different options on high post flashes. This develops into chasing into ball screens and playing out of multiple options created in their offense through the 2v2 and High-Low Passing drills. The Jump Hook Series is a great way to get your bigs a ton of repetitions on essential post moves such as the jump hook, up & under, and face up.
You'll also see three great shooting drills for extending the range of your bigs on high post flashes and pick & pops.
Breakdown Drills for Guards
Nine different drills will train your guards to get downhill and make plays in the Fist and Four-Game offense. Learn how to space the floor after post feeds with three or four perimeter players on the floor. See how to drill four different offensive strategies for using ball screens based on what the defense tries to stop you with. Additionally, make your players shoot in situations similar to what they will see in games through four different breakdown drills.
In the L-Cut drill, guards learn how to get open at the wings and make separation moves to free up their mid-range jump shot. Players will also refine their scoring off wide pin downs, learn to get past defenders with dribble moves in the open court, and practice making the next pass to open shooters on baseline drives.These drills from Coach Self will help you implement the Kansas ball screen offenses in addition to giving you strategies to improve your players' skills!
74 minutes. 2017.
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"Get to the Altar" - Building Your Help & Recover Defensive System
with Avery Johnson,
University of Alabama Head Coach;
former Head Coach of the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets;
2006 NBA Coach of the Year;
2x SWAC Player of the Year for Southern University where he led the NCAA in assists for two straight years (1987-88)
Avery Johnson made a career in the NBA being one of the best defensive point guards in the league. Now, he's taken this no-nonsense approach to coaching.
In this video, Johnson preaches the importance of playing great help defense, regardless of the skill level or coaching level. He sums it best with the quote, "If you're not in help position, you're in the wrong position." He discusses the close out and how important it is for your team to prevent paint entries.
Basic Help Defense
Johnson often refers to 'the altar,' which is a player on help defense in the middle of the paint. By closing out and forcing sideline, your help defense is able to cut off baseline or the elbow area when penetration is achieved. You'll always have a player in the altar, and if middle leaves the altar to cut off baseline, a player will fill. With the movement, your defense remains active and can take away penetration and force jump shots if rotations are correct.
Working from a base 4-out-1-in set, Coach Johnson covers:
- Close outs
- Defending cuts
- Screen defender's positioning
- Weak side defenders roles
- Passes his team tries to take away
- Direction to force the ball handler
- How to deal with a pass made to the screener after they roll to the basket
Pick & Roll Situations & Coverages
With the game changing over the years to include stretch 4s and 5s, you must be able to defend both the roll and shot off the screen. Players will learn how to defend various pick & roll situations while being able to defend the altar and recognize how to help and recover.
Johnson doesn't hedge off the screen, but the defensive player on the switch sags off to be ready for the switch. Your help defense will rotate to cover the roll, and you'll have two players available to trap the basketball. You are also able to cover the shooter on the switch without trapping the basketball.
Your team must be able to adjust to neutralize a strong post presence in man-to-man defense. Johnson covers:
- How the defender denies the post.
- Dealing with teams that have great shooters surrounding the post.
- Double teaming the post and the rotations out of it if the post passes out.
Coach Johnson uses on-court demonstrations to go over rotations within your help defense, covering certain scenarios that include trapping in different areas of the floor. Cutters are also covered, as well as a way to trap with the cutter going through. Johnson doesn't deny first pass away, but uses more of a gaps concept with the one pass away defender sagging off with a step toward the ball to take away middle penetration. The rotations are geared toward limiting points in the paint and easy baskets.
Coach Johnson covers:
- Defending floppy action
- Ball pressure
- Lock and trail
- Teams that have a 5 that can shoot
- Staggered screens
- Coming back in transition
- Defending the middle pick & roll
- Defending baseline out of bounds plays
This is a great video for any coach who's looking to step up their team's help defense. Johnson provides a solid foundation you can use for your team.
Produced at the 2017 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Clinic.
71 minutes. 2017.
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The "Mayhem" Amoeba-Style Defense
with Ryan McCarthy,
University of Alaska-Anchorage Women's Head Coach;
2016 NCAA DII Runners-up;
97-7 over the last 3 seasons (2015-2017);
Back-to-Back-to-Back Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament Champions (2015-17);
2x NCAA Division 2 West Region Coach of the Year; 2x GNAC Coach of the Year
Coach Ryan McCarthy has created a Mayhem style of play by using full court pressure to create turnovers into points. Using his Mayhem style of play, Coach McCarthy's team has led NCAA DII in steals per game for four consecutive seasons (2014-17) and have finished in the Top 5 in scoring defense, turnovers forced and turnover margin.
Learn how to turn up the pressure with your half-court defense to create turnovers using the "Amoeba" 1-1-3 defense. Ryan McCarthy has improved upon the blueprint created by legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian to create a version of the defense that can be sustained through an entire game. This defensive style will combine both pressure man-to-man and zone principles to be as disruptive as possible for your opponents.
Using chalk talk, on-court demonstration, and game footage, Coach McCarthy details the intricacies of his Amoeba defense. You will learn the responsibilities of each player on the floor, practice breakdown drills to teach the necessary fundamentals to play this system, trapping opportunities, and how to counter the primary offensive strategies used against this defense.
Build-Up Team Drills for the Amoeba Defense
Learn five practice drills that will teach your players critical concepts to successfully implementing the Amoeba defense.
- The Forcing to the Baseline drill teaches your players how to closeout and apply intense ball pressure. Players will also learn how to control the direction a dribbler attacks towards the baseline and how to force turnovers on dead ball situations.
- The Ball Pressure Jump drill teaches your guards how to help one another through rotations when one player gets beat.
Other drills will teach your players how to aggressively switch ball screens, take away your opponent's presence down low by fronting the post, and rotate to protect the rim when the ball goes to the corner.
Countering Offensive Strategies
McCarthy demonstrates the effectiveness of this match-up zone by showing you the rotations and responsibilities of players against the most common offensive strategies that will be used against this defense.
- Odd front alignments - See how to match up your defenders as the ball is brought down the floor, disrupt ball reversals with extreme pass denial, and eliminate options when the ball is at the high post or even force turnovers with digs from different angles. You will also see how to take away cutters when the ball is at the short corner with the X-Out rotation.
- Even front alignments - Learn how to shift defenders along the perimeter with the reverse bump. Completely neutralize pick & pops by aggressively switching defenders.
- 1-4 High Sets - Continue to match-up your defenders and apply strong denial with players closest to the ball while providing help support with weak side defenders. Get your players to anticipate dives from the posts. You'll also see how to take away weak side flashes by bumping your defenders.
Additionally, you'll see how to smother the paint when opponents try to go with a double low post alignment. You'll also learn how to bump defenders when teams try to distort your match-ups with shallow cuts into the corners.
The unusual rotations, aggressive ball pressure, and disruptive pass denials will undoubtedly help you create 'Mayhem' on the basketball court. However, if you want to crank up the pressure to the absolute max, McCarthy gives you trapping options that can make opponents "melt."
Coach McCarthy shows you two situations that his team will use to hunt for traps. He will als
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