2 on 2 shell
Defenders X2 and X3 are in deny or gap positions, jump to the ball into on-ball and help positions when coach passes to 2 or 3, who square up and shot fake each time. Continue passing the ball around, including skip passes (see Izzo jump to the ball).
Coach can call for a pass to be allowed if denied, or make a bounce or lob pass to avoid a deny. If coach dribble penetrates, X2 or X3 help and recover when coach passes (or a deny defender just stunts and recovers). Coach can shoot at any time, defenders box out and rebound.
David Faucher - if coach starts to drive between X1 and X2, both players help stop the ball.
- defenders pass to coach or an attacker from in the lane
2 and 3 can drive middle or baseline, pass to coach or skip pass to the other attacker. Defenders help and recover, or switch.
Duke two-man contesting wide, Villanova 2 on 2 whack-out - when X3 helps on 2, X2 sprints to cover 3 on a pass.
That's a Foul (Nov 2004) - if X3 thinks that 2 is more likely to drive than pass, X3 moves at least to the ballside edge of the backboard; if he thinks that 2 will pass to 3, he hedges weakside to the edge of the backboard. X3 keeps vision of 3 unless X2 is beaten. Tips for reading 2 are:
- the higher he is holding the ball, the more likely a pass
- where is he looking
- where is his body facing (he can't drive until facing the basket)
- what is X2 taking away.
Also see 2 on 2 help rotation, 4 on 2 close-out with help, UConn 2 on 3 trapping, Pop-out.