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Defending
3 on 1 shell


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Options and progressions to work on individual defensive situations, X1 guards 1, use two other attackers (coaches or players).

See Defending - 1 on 1 with passers, 4 on 1 shell.
 
Progression - 3 on 3, e.g. Husky closeouts, Procopio 3 on 3 shrink, Spurs shift and close, Fratello drive and kick.

1)

X1 guards 1 at the top, jumps to a gap or deny position on a pass to either wing.

Option - to start, X1 passes to 1 and closes out.

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Close out on a pass back to 1.

Attackers pass and hold, then move the ball.

Progression - skip passes.

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b)

Help and recover on middle drives.

Progression - 2 and 3 can pass to 1 or drive and kick.

See Defending - Fratello 3 on 3 drive and kick.

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2)

Get 1 on a wing, X1 defends on the ball, one pass and two passes away from the ball.

1 passes, basket cuts and exits weakside, X1 jumps to the ball, forcing a backcut. 3 fills.

Progression - 1 cuts, posts up then exits weakside.

See Defending - 7-point defending, Villanova jump to the ball, Tactics - 2 on 0 side.

Options

- 1 cuts to the weakside corner, blast cuts from there on ball reversal
- to get 1 back out top and repeat on the other side, have 3 pass back to 2 and basket cut, X1 tags the cutter, 1 fills the top.

Variation - 1 waves through 2 (or 3) and dribbles to the wing, 3 fills the top, see Defending - Izzo closeouts, Wootten perimeter-to-post.

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X1 guards 1 on the wing, a help position.

2-3-1 play catch, X1 goes from help to gap (or deny) to on-ball defence.

Option - deny a wing entry.

See Defending - Weakside 1 on 1, Weakside cuts.

Progressions

a)

Skip passes.

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b)

3 can pass to 1 or drive left and kick, X1 helps and recovers.

See Defending - Pasquali closeouts (stunt and recover).

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c)

1 passes to 3, basket cuts, and comes back out to the wing. X1 denies the cut.

See Defending - Pasquali denial (backcut).

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d)

2 drives baseline, X1 cuts off the drive and calls "switch", 2 shoots, X1 boxes out the shooter and rebounds.

Variations

- X1 takes a charge
- X1 helps and recovers to 1.

See Defending - Fratello 3 on 3 drive and kick, Duke 6-point contesting, Pitt close-out, Pitt close-out 1 on 1.
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