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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Practice To Game: Blueprint For Success!
with Bob Montrose,
Owner of Peak Performance Training Camps;
former John Marshall/Lourdes (MN) HS Girls Head Coach;
Back-to-Back-to-Back Big 9 Conference Champions (2014-16)
Many players get nervous, lose their poise, and make crucial mistakes in the game of hockey. Bob Montrose will help minimize these mistakes and help resolve the many issues coaches have with a player's clouded judgment.
Coach Montrose understands players' need for simple concepts and has developed a teaching style in which his players respond well to; they learn to be effective on the ice by playing fast and under control.
The first video (two-video set) focuses on simple system play in each of the three zones - the defensive zone, the neutral zone and the offensive zone. By minimizing the number of options players need to remember, the learning cycle is shortened. This enables the team to play with speed due to no delays in the decision-making process and all players understanding what their teammates are trying to accomplish. By giving players a limited number of options and training them to communicate with each other, your team can become a force on the ice.
The second video contains 13 drills that teach players how to make decisions on the ice during a game. Drills include a passing progression that incorporates the in-game decision-making process and intense, game-like drills that provide players with the opportunity to make real-time decisions.
A featured drill loved by Coach Montrose's players is called '10 Goals in 7 Minutes', a high-paced, game-like drill that pits the forwards against the defensemen and goalie. The objective is to score, or prevent, 10 goals from being scored in 7 minutes. For each repetition, there are three scoring opportunities presented: a 1v0, a 2v1 and a 3v2. All players get involved with this highly-competitive and action-packed drill that has athletes working on all aspects of hockey in a competitive and FUN atmosphere.
There isn't a single cone used in any of these drills, making this a simple framework for teaching how to play the game of hockey. Coach Montrose explains and illustrates his concepts for making the game simple for players.
183 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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