How to Attack the Diamond Press
The Diamond press is one of the most effective full-court presses at the youth level. It takes advantage of the fact that most youth players cannot throw cross court passes.
Diamond Press Initial Formation
X4 lines up in the middle. X2 and X3 are on the side. X1 plays a centerfield-type role at half-court. X5 is the last line of defense.
How to attack it
Breaking the diamond press requires quick passes along with getting the ball to your best ball-handlers. Your players must be able to quickly inbound the ball before the defense can get set.
4 inbounds the ball. 2 and 3 are on the wings. 1 is in the middle of the diamond.
4 passes it to 2. 3 goes out to the left side to spread the defense.
As soon as 2 receives the pass, 1 sprints to the side. 3 flashes to the middle of the diamond.
2 passes it to 1. 1 dribbles it up the side.
This should present a 2 on 1 opportunity for an easy basket.
Note: it is very important to get rid of the ball as quickly as possible. X2 and X4 will look to trap the ball as soon as it is inbounded.
If X1 slides over to cover 1, 2 makes a quick pass to 3 in the middle. 3 dribbles it up the middle for a 2 on 1 opportunity.
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