By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
There’s a reason Montverde Academy has won three consecutive high school National Championships – head coach Kevin Boyle expects only the best from his team on the defensive side of the ball. In this drill, players will work on help D, as well as recovering once they’ve helped on the ball.
Help and Recover
Drill Summary: A single file line of players lines up at the top of the key, while another line positions itself on the wing. The front two players of each line step into the drill as offense/defense. The ball starts with the offense at the top of the key. The offensive player dribbles twice with their outside hand before crossing back, and the defender lets the offensive player beat them. As the offensive player drives, the wing defender steps in on help defense and the wing offensive player slides to the corner. The offensive player with the ball kicks it to the other player in the corner, and the defense must recover to defend the ball. Continue to drive middle, working on helping and recovering from the top of the key and the wing.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Get to spots early (but not too early).
2) “Ball, you, man”
3) Good closeouts.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Huntington Prep Head Coach, Rob Fulford, has produced 23 NCAA Division I basketball players from 2010 – 2013 including Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Deng. Help defense is the name of the game in this next clip which features both the “Sword Fighting Drill” and the “Help & Recover Drill.” The “Sword Fighting Drill” is used to practice stopping dribble penetration into a gap of the defense and then recovering. While the “Help & Recover Drill” uses the same concepts except in a 3-on-3 setting.
Sword Fighting & Help/Recover Drill
Player Movements: In the “Sword Fighting Drill”, players pair up across from each other and simulate coming together to stop a dribble drive. They will touch hands to stop the ball and then recover or close out to their man with a hand up to contest a potential shot. Coach Fulford stresses quickly stepping in to help and then to step out to recover. This is a simple drill but it really drives home the need to recover with a hand up if that ball handler kicks the basketball to a shooter after he is stopped driving middle.
In the “Help & Recover Drill”, three perimeter players are looking to drive the ball into the gaps of the defense. The defenders must help or pinch to stop the dribble. As with the “Sword Fighting Drill”, the defense must recover with a hand up to contest a shot when the ball is kicked out to the perimeter.
Teaching Points: React quickly and stop dribble penetration (Prevent gap penetration). Recover quickly with a hand up to contest a potential 3-point shot