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Dan Muller: Foundations for Man-to-Man Defense

with Dan Muller,
Illinois State University Head Coach;
2017 Missouri Valley Conference regular season champions;
2017 MVC Coach of the Year;
2x MVC Defensive Player of the Year as an athlete at Illinois State (1996, 1997)

Dan Muller provides the instruction you need to produce a top-tier man-to-man defense. His focus of man principles with a mix of a 2-2-1 press and 2-3 zone were vital in creating tough shot opportunities for opponents during his team's fantastic 2017 season. Illinois State ranked as one of the best teams in the nation at creating the longest defensive possessions, showcasing just how tough it was for opponents to gain a bucket against Muller's defense.

Coach Muller takes you through his defensive approach, building his man-to-man defense, and then utilizing his principles to create a stellar zone change-of-pace defense.


Muller stresses the importance of being elite communicators as a team and throughout this video Muller reinforces it.

You will learn how to ensure your players talk when they close out, help on screens, and call out if they are covering the basket or another offensive player. By communicating, your defense will move and be able to pick up the right assignment while rotating. This prevents multiple players from going to same area, and your defense will work together to cover necessary areas of the floor.

Three Line Closeouts

Incorporating help defense within your closeout drills allows you to work on multiple things at once. Coach Muller shows a drill that incorporates help defense, closing out to the gaps within the first passing lane, and on-ball defense. After your players work on their footwork and proper closeout technique, they will progress and incorporate live game play. This drill allows you to instill your defensive philosophy in your players. You can also adjust the drill to force the ball to the sideline, middle, or baseline.

Shell Drill - Stunt the Dribble

The Shell Drill is one of the best drills to build a defense. Muller builds off this traditional drill by incorporating movement and stunting toward the dribble, along with recovery. Stunting the dribble is a great progression in your Shell Drill because it allows your players who are one pass away to stunt and help, then recover on their defensive assignment.

Ball Screen Defense

Coach Muller focuses on trapping ball screens from day one of practice through the first few weeks of the season. This strategy is one he built by learning from Eric Spoelstra of the Miami Heat. Trapping ball screens leads to a constant scramble situation, and you'll utilize the same rotations as you would on any ball screen. This mentality will prepare your team for any ball screen approach, and you'll learn the roles of the trapper, basket player, and fliers.

This video from Coach Muller is filled with information that you can utilize for the summer and pre-season install of your defense. You'll see how to get your players to build a defensive mentality and be fundamentally sound before becoming more game plan-oriented and player specific. Lay the foundation of your program's defense with Dan Muller!

Produced at the Nike Championship Basketball Coaches Clinic - Cleveland (OH), Fall 2017.

"Coach Muller does a fantastic job showing us the main points from the first closeout drill to positioning drills and even how to defend the ball screen. I tried this in my first practice after seeing this video with my team and it made an immediate difference." - Customer Review

64 minutes. 2019.

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A Conceptual Approach to Man-to-Man & Zone Offense

with Bob Richey,
Furman University Head Coach;
led Furman to a school-record 25 wins in the 2018-19 season, including wins over 2018 Final Four participants Villanova and Loyola-Chicago

Furman head coach Bob Richey has guided Furman to back-to-back 20+ win seasons by teaching his players how to read the defense and take what is given to them. Continuity offenses can cause players to get stuck in neutral, which is why teaching your athletes terminology and actions they can use to break down defenders on their own will ensure your team has an unstoppable offense.


Coach Richey believes in a structure where players are able to go from option 1 to option 3 in a matter of seconds. By emphasizing close twos, assisted 3-pointers and getting to the free throw line, your players can play and excel in any position on the floor.

Man Offense

Richey breaks down his terminology and demonstrates the actions that he teaches beginning with his early offense. As he incorporates more off-ball screening, players are able to use the open floor to get easy cuts, drives, or dishes to open shooters.

As athletes transition into half court offense, Coach Richey provides a series of actions including a Houston Series that uses a dribble hand-off and a ball screen to create a pick & roll or pick & pop action for your post.

Zone Offense

By putting a playmaker in the middle of the zone and using passing and cutting actions, you can create a simple, but effective zone offense against any opponent. Using a 4 around 1 set, your players can still use your man-to-man cutting actions to score. As your players feel more and more comfortable with cutting actions, you can add in a ball screen to create a pick & roll offense that will leave wide open back cutters or wide open shooters.

Coach Richey has put together an offensive system where all actions flow right into an easy offense that your players will love. By teaching your players how to read the defense and play without running through a continuous offense, they will become unguardable and have the ability to create scoring opportunities!

78 minutes. 2019.

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Transition Offense with Breakdown Drills

with Mike Rhoades,
VCU Head Coach;
2019 A-10 Coach of the Year;
former Head Coach at Rice University;
former VCU Associate Head Coach (with Shaka Smart), including the 2011 Final Four;
former Randolph-Macon Head Coach (D-III), compiled a 197-76 record (.722 win percentage);
4x NCAA tournament appearances;
ODAC Coach of the Year (2001, 2002, 2003)

VCU head coach Mike Rhoades has developed a fast break system that will allow you to strike quickly in the first few seconds of the shot clock. This offense gives your players freedom to make plays with structure to maximize spacing.

In this video, you'll get all of the rules and responsibilities that make up Coach Rhoades' transition offense, how to react on dribble penetration, drills to build the fast break mindset and more. If you want to play fast next season, this will serve as a great resource for your program!

Transition Structure and Implementation

Rhoades breaks down the job of every player on the floor in the fast break. You will learn how to get your guards running wide as they explode down the floor for an early basket, help your post player develop the mindset of sprinting the floor hard every time as the rim runner, and teach your rebounder to secure the ball prior to locating the point guard and outletting the ball. Additionally, you'll see how to do all of these things quickly while inbounding off a made shot.

Coach Rhoades also goes into detail on how the point guard can receive the ball with space versus pressure to advance the ball as fast as possible. As the ball moves up the court, you will also discover how to maximize spacing after makes and misses in addition to various options that can happen during the flow of offense by reversing to the trailer. Coach Rhoades wants his team to attack the defense before they can set up and break them down with paint touches. Rhoades explains how all five players can react to drive & kick situations to maintain a continuous attack until an open shot is created.

Practice Drills

Eight drills are demonstrated that will help you develop an up-tempo style of play. Primary Cycles will teach your players how to quickly strike with initial scoring options. A competitive element is installed for this drill to help ensure that your players are striving to execute with maximum efficiency. The Three-Man Weave drill progresses through three different variations that become progressively harder over the course of the drill. This is a fantastic drill for developing full court passing and finishing. 3-on-0 Transition is the perfect drill for teaching your players specific scoring actions within your fast break attack. You will see examples of players rehearsing different drive & kick options as well as drag ball screens.

The Advantage Drill is a great scrimmage format that allows your players to compete through every advantage situation they could see offensively or defensively on fast breaks. This is a must-have drill for teaching players how to score intelligently in transition offense. The last transition drill that Coach Rhoades demonstrates is their 5-on-5 scrimmage. This is unique because they utilize a 12 second shot clock to demand a fast pace through the competition. If you want to run and spread the floor, then you're also going to need scorers that can excel through this style of play.

You will also get three additional shooting drills that develop shooting on the move through actions your athletes will see in transition, in addition to expanding their range in any situation they might see in the game.

This is a must-have video for any team that wants to play fast on offense. The concepts and drills presented by Coach Rhoades will help any coach excel using any offensive system!

71 minutes. 2019.

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John Beilein: Our Culture and Drills

with John Beilein,
Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) Head Coach;
former University of Michigan Head Coach;
2019 Coach Wooden "Keys to Life" Award;
2018 CBS Sports National Coach of the Year;
2018 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship Runner-up;
2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year;
2x Final Four appearances (2013, 2018);2x Big Ten Regular Season Champions (2012, 2014);
2x Big Ten Tournament Champions (2017, 2018);
1998 CAA Coach of the Year (University of Richmond);
1994 MAAC Coach of the Year (Canisius College; inducted into the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame in September 2019)

As a coach at the high school, junior college and four-year college levels, John Beilein has a proven track record of success at every level of basketball. The underlying factors of his success are the drills that have been proven to work for his teams and the culture that he has developed at every coaching stop. This fantastic video will provide you the chance to learn those very exercises and approach to running a successful program.

Change as a Constant

As Coach Beilein stresses throughout the video, "There's a lot of ways to win a game." Throughout the entirety of his head coaching career, Beilein has had to adapt and change to the different strategies and tactics in basketball. The biggest of these he mentions is the pick & roll and its increase in usage in the game. The tactic has forced him to incorporate it in his offense while also forcing him to put in more time defending it.

Another change that is discussed is strength training and how it has been incorporated into the game. With the right program, bodies can change to improve strength and leaping ability. However, the wrong program can result in the wrong outcomes that can hinder performance.

One last aspect that Coach Beilein has been forced to adjust to was in transitioning conferences when he was the head coach at Richmond. It was during that time he began to utilize the 1-3-1 zone and adjusting it to his opponents. He also discusses the use of the defense when he was at West Virginia and Michigan.

Things That Don't Change

While there are many areas where things change, there are those that will never change. The first is the importance of skill development. This includes ball-handling and shooting on offense - two skills that will forever be critical in developing quality players. To illustrate, Coach Beilein showcases a two-player drill designed to improve dribbling and one-handed passing that goes for two minutes.

Another drill that is demonstrated is the "Double Mikan Drill." In this drill, a player will do the traditional Mikan Drill, but will do it with two basketballs. The goal is to make 20 in 20 seconds or less, something that can be developed with three weeks of continuous work. A third drill demonstrated is "3 Taps and In." This drill has a post player tap the ball off of the backboard three times before tapping the ball into the basket. In 20 seconds, a proficient post player should be able to complete six sides.

Finally, Coach Beilein teaches shooting with the drill "60 in 5." The shooter in the drill has a goal of making 60 shots in five minutes with a goal of shooting at least 85 shots in the time frame. The shooter must move around on the perimeter and is not allowed to shoot from the same spot twice.

Culture is Going to Win

To build the culture of a basketball program, Beilein believes in having the coaching staff project an image. More important than being reactionary is to explain and develop why it is important to teach the values you want in your program and why they are good values.

As Coach Beilein believes, "If you don't have a good culture, you ain't never going to win."

Developing a Pivot Foot

What sets Beilein apart from other coaches is his attention to detail. One of the areas where he pays extra attention is on footwork and in establishing a pivot foot. The first aspect that gets attention

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Cutters Zone Offense

with Ryan Odom,
UMBC Head Coach;
Coached UMBC to the first ever #16-seed win over a #1-seed in the NCAA Tournament (2018);��
Led UMBC to a 25-11 record, including the 2018 America East Conference Tournament Championship (a school record for wins);
2018 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award;
2017 Joe B. Hall Award recipient, given to the top first-year coach in Division I

Teams at every level are beginning to spread the floor more often with skilled players that can shoot. Ryan Odom has developed an offense that will allow you to take advantage of this strategy versus zone defenses as well!

If you are in charge of a team that lacks post play or wants to capitalize on talented perimeter players, then you need to take a look at this video. This zone offense will open up the floor for weak side flashes, drive & kicks, and create natural overloads that can distort your opponent's alignment.

Cutters Offense

This versatile offense opens up the floor by utilizing extra shooters in your lineup. See how you can still play inside-out with additional perimeter players through a continuity that provides great spacing as well as awesome ball and player movement.

Coach Odom demonstrates how you can attack the rim through overloads, shifting your post player to open up logo touches, and dribble penetration. Vary the look you attack your opponent with by allowing your post player and baseline runner some freedom in their decision making. You will see how this can distort and overwhelm your opponent's zone defense to open up corner shots, drives, or post feeds. Odom also shows how to implement screens that can pin defenders for open shots.

1-3-1 Offense

You will see how you can find ways for your perimeter players to penetrate the defense through a more traditional zone look. This is essential to addressing the huge liability created when trying to play a non-shooting guard versus a zone defense. You'll learn how you can utilize ball screens to open up driving lanes that collapse the defense.

Additional Strategies

Coach Odom also shows how to incorporate ball screen set plays and other man-to-man plays effectively against zone defenses in transition or short clock situations. You'll see how to attack a zone through the "Horns" set or "Angle" ball screen as the clock is winding down. You will also learn how to flow into zone offense through actions typically used in the Blocker-Mover offense to create some early scoring opportunities.

See how to carry over modern basketball philosophies to attack zone defenses with this insightful release from Ryan Odom!

55 minutes. 2019.

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