Individual Defensive Drills

"Despite, the size, conditioning and talent of today's basketball players, who succeeds and who fails is determined by who possesses fundamental skills."


The success of any defense is totally dependent on individual player skills and techniques. Like their offensive counterparts, individual defensive skills must be broken down, practiced and refined on all levels of the game. These individual defensive fundamentals include guarding players with the ball, guarding players without the ball, guarding cutters, guarding players in post area along with boxing out and rebounding on shots.


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Individual Defensive Drills

1-on-1 ("Three Up")

Low Post Denial

Defending the High Post

Defensive Boxing Out

One-on-One with Trail

Defending a Dribbler

1-on-1 w/Double Closeouts


Related Links:

Defensive Breakdown Drills

Defensive Player Skill Development



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