By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Legendary college basketball coach, Rick Majerus, provides you with a scenario involving a dribble hand-off between an average skilled post player and one of the top scorers being chased. Enhance your defense by knowing which players to focus on in a dribble hand-off situation.
Defending the Dribble Hand-Off
Player Movements: #5 in blue screams “Hand-off!” so his teammate, who is denying #2 in white, knows it’s coming. Just like with a ball screen, the man guarding the big will aggressively hedge with a hand up onto the guard receiving the ball. #5 and #2 in blue should have no concern for the big handing off the ball. The point man in the triangle zone is responsible for the big rolling or popping after the hand-off.
Drill Essentials: As always, everything begins with communication.
Drill Tips: The two main points of the aggressive hedge are to 1) challenge a potential shot and 2) to prevent the guard from turning the corner and getting into the paint.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
In this segment we are presented with two scenarios involving ball screens within the Triangle and Two Defense featuring Rick Majerus. The former National Coach of the Year teaches you that the first line of defense with any screen is communication! In the first situation, a ball screen is being set for the third best shooter while the second scenario involves both offensive players who are being chased in the Triangle and Two.
Player Movements: The first ball screen scenario starts with #4, who is not a skilled offensive player, ball screens for #3. Coach Majerus switches this ball screen involving both defenders, who are part of the triangle zone. #4 in blue switches out onto #3 in white, forcing #3 in white to dribble the ball outside of the 3-point line. #3 in blue, who switches to the screener (#4 in white), sags middle and leaves #4 in white wide open.
In the second part of this clip, #2 in white will down screen for #11 in white. Once again, this is a switch for the defense. #11 in blue is two passes away and is playing a step below the line of the ball so that he is not back cut prior to the screen. As #2 in white goes to down screen, #2 in blue calls out the screen.
Drill Essentials: Communicate with your teammates in every screen situation.
Drill Tips: Coach Majerus wants players to switch and immediately deny the down screen between the two offensive players who are being chased in this defense. Coach Majerus shows how, in the point to wing pass, he wants to force a back door cut into the triangle zone.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
In the event one of the top two scorers is two passes away from the ball, Rick Majerus, wants the defender to play a step below the line of the ball. The former National Coach of the Year teaches you that stance and vision are highly important in this scenario.
Defending the Top Scorer
Player Movements: You will have one hand pointing at the ball and the other hand pointing at the man who he is chasing
Drill Essentials: If the player who you are matched up on, is two passes away and either flashes high or low to the ball, Coach Majerus wants you to jam or bump the cut.
Drill Tips: When you are guarding one of the top two scorers, who is two passes away, Coach Majerus stresses it’s critical not to get back cut. This is why you will play below the line of the ball in this situation.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Discover one of the keys to the triangle and two defense from former St. Louis University Head Coach, Rick Majerus. The clip below will show you and your players how the point of the triangle plays in different situations. With this insight from Coach Majerus, you will be able to shut down your opponent’s best shooters as well as take away the option to drive.
Point of the Triangle vs Third Best Shooter
Player Movements: When a non-shooter is at the top of the key, it’s critical that the top of the zone play much further below the line of the ball. Once that non-shooter catches, Coach Majerus wants the top of the triangle to level off.
Drill Essentials: Your defensive players will identify the top three scorers and guard to deny them the ball. A major point of emphasis in this video is to take away the third best shooter on the floor, not just the top two.
Drill Tips: Coach Majerus emphasizes that the top of the triangle must react and close out on the third best scorer (#3 in white) and force him to dribble the ball. That close out must occur when the ball is in flight. It is a must that the third best shooter does not simply catch and shoot.