6 Footwork Progressions For Elite Defenders
As we all know, the ability to play defense is what often separates the good players from the great players.... the winners.
Whether you're an offensive threat or not, giving 100% effort and dedication on the defensive end is a great way to earn more playing time and get noticed by college scouts.
In this video from our Elite Guard Camps, Jim Huber demonstrates a defensive footwork progression that he has used with Nike Elite teams that led the Nike EYBL in defensive points per game.
Here is the teaching progression for the defensive footwork taught in the video:
Defensive Stance - Teach the proper defensive stance.
Push step - Focus on exploding off the back foot.
Quick turn - Focus on quick movement of the hips and feet to put your body in position to explode in the other direction.
Quick turn then push step - Now you combine stance, quick turn, and push step.
Crossover step and recover - Next, you add how to recover when the offense gets by you or when you need to cover distance quickly.
Close outs - Then you teach your players how to close out.
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