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Learn Three Ways to Defend a Pick & Roll!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Two time All-American defenseman at Georgetown University and Schmeisser Award winner as a senior, Brodie Merrill, runs through the three different ways to defend a pick & roll. The offense’s actions determine which method of defense is the most effective, and Merrill demonstrates how to pull off each one.

Defending the Pick & Roll

Drill Summary: The first defensive option against the pick & roll is staying. To stay, have the defender guarding the screener push the screener forward so the on-ball defender can get through and stay with their man.

The second option is switching. The key to switching is communicating between teammates before opening up and swapping the person each defender is guarding.

The third and final option is jumping the ball carrier. To jump, communicate between teammates, then double the ball as the screen is being set. It’s important to deny passes to the roller while doubling, so be sure to harass the ball handler’s hands after jumping them.

Keys to the Drill:

1) For “staying,” push the picker through.
2) For “switching,” communicate and open up to the ball.
3) For “jumping,” double the ball carrier.
4) For “jumping,” harass the ball carrier’s hands.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Brodie Merrill’s ‘Defensive Player of the Year’ Skills and Drills.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

New Basketball DVD release featuring Jerry Petitgoue!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, August 20, 2012

Learn practice ideas from Jerry Petitgoue, Cuba City HS (WI) Head Boys Basketball Coach for over 35 years.  Coach Petitgoue has accumulated 19 Conference titles and 3x Wisconsin State Championships.  This new Basketball DVD is called:

Continuity Pick and Roll Offense

  • Discover a simple offense that creates effective continuity and spacing and implements ball screen actions from the wing
  • Learn quick hitters that flow into the continuity pick and roll offense
  • Counter attack teams that are running a pack-line type defense against the continuity pick and roll offense
  • Includes a look at a 1-4 full-court press break offense to overload a zone press and get easy buckets at the other end

Look at more best selling high school basketball DVDs below:

Bob Hurley: Practice Planning & Program Development
Bob Hurley: Motion and Zone Offenses
Bob Hurley: Building a Multiple Defensive System
Bob Hurley: Developing Perimeter Players
Dominating 1-3-1 Zone Defense
Winning with the Princeton Style Offense
4-Out 1-In Motion Offense
Pick and Roll Continuity Offense vs. Man and Zone Defenses

4 Effective Pick Options for the Screen & Roll Offense

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

In this introduction to the screen & roll offense, you’ll learn about a variety of screens to create mismatches on the offensive side of the floor. With North Dakota State University head coach Saul Phillips as your guide, pick up these essential pick & roll tips to give your motion offense the edge it needs – especially against those bigger teams that pressure passing lanes well.

Vertical (Vert)

With Vert, have your 5 man come up towards the top of the key and get his shoulders square to half court, looking to pick for his team’s ball handler. This kind of screen makes it hard for the 5 defender to stay with the 1 guard. It also makes defending guards nervous as they come up the court (especially as their head is facing the opposite direction).

All the while, this gives us a chance for our point guard to go 1-on-1 with a big for a few seconds. Look to eventually get two feet into the paint. In other words, dribble until someone stops you. Get in the paint, and if you don’t have a shot, stop, pivot and make a good pass back out and facing your target. From here, you can easily get back into the flow of your offense.


Many teams will eventually try to defend against the vertical screen by sitting on point guard’s right hand and then shading the big guy to the left. They will look to fight over the top of the screen. When this happens, simply re-screen them. All you have to do is cross it back over, but now the 5 defender has to cut over to cover a defender. NBA standout Steve Nash is the best at this, so we called this Phoenix. It’s hard to trap because of the angle.

The goal with Phoenix is to get the 5 man away from the hoop when you can’t go toe-to-toe with them all game. Also, you don’t necessarily have to score off of this. Instead, look to get two feet in the paint, turn and pivot, and get right into your offense.



With Pink, have your screener’s shoulders facing the sideline. We like to sprint into this screen as it’s harder for the defense to defend on the move. But be careful about moving screens, too. So as the big screener comes up from the low block to set the screen, pick the defender until it’s no longer effective. You also have a ton of options on the screen and roll as a screener. For instance, you can pop, seal, roll to the basket, or implement Pink (the threat of the screen and roll, AKA slip screen). You don’t even have to set the screen. It’s quite effective, too, especially after a defender hedges.



Finally, with Plus, instead of slipping the screen, come up, set the screen, and then go screen the next guy. This means there’s an extra screen coming and we’re gonna nail the helpside defender who’s just sitting there waiting. Through this, it will send a wide-open player off of the pick (via curl, fade, etc.). It’s also a terrific way to keep everyone involved.


The previous clips can all be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Multi-Option Screen and Roll Offense” featuring Saul Phillips. To check out more videos featuring the pick & roll, click here

All New Basketball DVDs featuring the Pick & Roll, Press Breaks, and more!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, May 4, 2009

We recently released new basketball DVDs featuring Dave Odom, Tony Barone, Terry Carroll, Kevin Sutton, Bobby Lutz, and Jim Baron.  The titles for each basketball DVD are:

Defending the Pick and Roll
Tony Barone: Set Plays for High Scoring Transition Game
Terry Carroll: Second Cutter Press Break Offense
Kevin Sutton: Two-Ball Basketball Workout
Bobby Lutz: 18 Full and Half Court Quick Scoring Plays
Jim Baron: Communication Drills for Transition Game


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