Maryland End of Game Set

Maryland executed this great set at the end of the game to take the lead @ Michigan.  As the ball is entered into the post, Maryland is able to keep great spacing on the floor.  Anthony Cowen Jr. takes his man to the weak side of the floor to clear out any help side defense.  Because he changes his speed, his defender must honor him as a cutter, which takes him out of his help side responsibilities.  Darryl Morsell relocates to the corner to give Michal Cekovsky room to make the pass.  Kevin Huerter does a fantastic job of setting up his man and exploding off the down screen set by Joshua Tomaic.  Huerter gets his feet set and makes a great shot to take the lead.  Unfortunately for Maryland, they would foul on the next possession and lose to Michigan on a pair of free throws.  

*Another option is for the 4 to slip the screen if the defense tries to take away the shot at the top of the key.  

Purdue High/Low BLOB

Purdue executed a simple BLOB two times in their game vs. Northwestern on February 1, 2017.  In the video below you will see the high/low action with Caleb Swanigan & Isaac Haas.  With two dominate bigs, Purdue is able to execute the timing perfectly and get position under the basket for an easy shot.  (There are two BLOBs in the video and a diagram below).

#DefenseWeek - 5 Spot Closeout


This is a great defensive closeout drill that also works on explosiveness to level off, shooting, and conditioning.  Anytime we run this drill we expect our players to pay great attention to the details through fatigue.  Here's how the drill works:

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#DefenseWeek - Man in the Middle Closeouts


This is a simple closeout drill that not only focuses on proper closeouts and on-ball defense, but it also allows offensive players an opportunity to focus on ball security and passing.  

The drill begins with 2 passing the ball to 1.  x1 immediately closes out to 1 as if he were a shooter.  In our pack line defense we always want our players to closeout with an angle to take away a baseline drive.  After x1 traces the ball and practices jumping up/back, 1 will pass the ball to 2 and then become the "new x1."  He will proceed to closeout to 2 and the rotation will continue as such.  Make sure to rotate your players from right wing, to top, to left wing, so that they get an opportunity to practice at various spots.  Below are some teaching points and a diagram of the drill.


  1. Sprint to closeout into 3-4 short, choppy steps.
  2. Closeout with angle to take away baseline drive.  
  3. Make sure to have high hands.  One or two hands is up to you as a coach.
  4. Keep legs loaded; ready to move and explode on dribble penetration.
  5. Encourage offensive players to be strong with the ball and make game like passes.


  1. Perform each skill at game speed.
  2. Expect lots of communication & voice pressure.
  3. Practice from different spots on the floor (corners, wings, top).

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