Basketball Defense Drill: Corner Close Live
This drill provides practice in closing from a distance at the baseline angle and playing effective one-on-one defense. Emphasis is on not getting beat on a drive for a lay-in, and you can add your own defensive emphasis if you wish. For instance, you could insist on not giving up any base line drives.
- The drill starts with the defender throwing a pass to a player at the top of the key, who then throws a pass to an offensive player in the right corner area. As soon as he throws to the top of the key, the defender sprints to close on the offensive player in opposite corner.
They should play one-on-one live. The offensive player is limited to four dribbles. After the initial shot, the ball remains live until the defender gets the rebound or the offense scores, but the offense is limited to a single dribble per rebound.
- The rotation through the drill is as follows: Defender goes to the passing line at the top; Passer at the top joins the shooting line; and the Shooter joins the Defender line. The diagram shows the second rotation of the drill with players in proper lines.
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