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Open Practice: Defensive Strategies & Drills

Open Practice: Defensive Strategies & Drills
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  • "Build a wall" to take away key scoring areas on the floor
  • Defend the post with undersized players
  • Implement a unique NBA-style of defending ball screens
  • Use 3-on-3 drills to teach players to guard ball screens and dribble hand-offs

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with Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State University Head Coach;
2014 Big 12 Tournament Champions; 2012 Big 12 Co-Head Coach of the Year;
10-year NBA veteran and former executive with the Minnesota Timberwolves

In this dynamic presentation featuring five live practices, Fred Hoiberg focuses on defensive concepts that help his team shut down their opponent's offense.

He explains his transition defense philosophy, including who is sent to rebound offensively, who gets back on defense and how he builds a wall to take away key scoring areas on the floor. Coach Hoiberg illustrates several drills on the whiteboard and demonstrates the Line Transition drill on court.

Coach Hoiberg explains how he uses 3-on-3 drills to improve defensive skills to guard ball screens and dribble hand-offs. Each drill focuses on important details like hand position, staying active and communication. Drills are diagramed and demonstrated on court.

The presentation also includes a segment on defending the post with undersized players. Coach Hoiberg shares key points on how to force post players into turnovers by using high, active hands and taking away baseline moves to force post moves to the middle of the floor.

Coach Hoiberg's offers an in-depth look at his unique NBA-style of defending ball screens to keep them on one side of the floor using weak side help and rotation. Different calls are used to communicate how the defense plays the screens. Two drills for defending ball screens are shown.

Finally, everything is put together in Coach Hoiberg's "Down-Back-Stop" drill. In this full-court game simulation between two teams, players start with the ball on one end of the floor and play the offensive possession. They transition down to the other end on defense, come back on offense and stop. Between each Down-Back-Stop drill players huddle with a coach to discuss the previous repetition and the emphasis of the next rep.

This video will help the undersized team prepare for opponents, learn to defend the ball, defend screens, create turnovers in the post and stop teams in transition.

77 minutes. 2014.

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