By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Wayne Walters, inventor of the SWARM defense, uses the Bee Drill to teach players how to prevent cutters from receiving the ball in the lane on defense. Drills like this helped Walters’ junior college team force more than 30 turnovers per game in the last four years of his coaching career.
Drill Summary: Four defensive players begin in the paint; one on each block and one on each elbow. On each wing is a line of offensive players and at the top of the key is a single passer. To begin, the passer passes the ball to one of the wings. Depending on which wing the ball is passed to, the closest elbow defender must sprint to close out on the ball, while the weak side elbow defender splits the rims, making sure they can see both ball and man. Right after the ball is passed, the player at the front of the line on the other wing cuts into the lane, and the three remaining defenders must work together to deny the entry pass. Play continues until the offense can complete an entry pass or pass back to the passer at the top of the key. If the offense gets the ball entered, the player tries to score. Progression: Allow two players to cut and let the wing with the ball drive baseline.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Keep hands off on defense.
2) See both ball and cutter.
3) If the offense drives, bump defenders.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
If you really want to throw the other team’s offense off, look no further than this 1-3-1 zone variation from 2x New York state high school champion coach Tom Blackford. Blackford shows how to quickly shift from a 1-3-1 zone into a triangle and two to neutralize the best two opposing players.
Drill Summary: The defense starts in a 1-3-1 formation. After the ball crosses half court, the top player and side player trap the ball. Once the offensive player passes to the player on the same side down the sideline, the defense switches into a triangle and two. The bottom player in the 1-3-1 comes out and face guards the player with the ball, while the former sideline defender who just trapped the ball begins face guarding the player they trapped. Meanwhile, the defender who was at the top of the 1-3-1 drops to the top of the key and becomes a part of the triangle with the remaining two players, who drop to each block.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Know who the opponent’s best two players are, as well as the third best player.
2) Full-out deny the two best players.
3) Move players around the triangle based on the foul situation.
4) Dare the third, fourth and fifth best players to beat you.
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.