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Defending
Australian closeouts


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Basketball WA

a) Mass closeouts

1 skip passes to 2, defender 3 closes out from a help position on the split line.

Close-out long with both hands up if 2 has his eyes up for a shot, close-out short if his eyes are down for a drive.

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2 hands the ball to 3, gets to the split-line, then closes out on a skip pass to 1.

1 will hand the ball to 2 and get to the split-line.

Progression (shown) - contain one or two dribbles left or right.

See Defending - Continuous closeouts, Pitt close-out, Izzo jump to the ball, Skip pass 2 on 2.

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b) 3-line closeouts

1-2-3 sprint halfway up the lane, stutter step, on coach's command close out to cones and rehearse containing 1-2 dribbles (on the wings, one hard step to take away middle, then hard containment to the short corner).

See Defending - Close-out 3X, Two-man close-outs, Fratello 4-player close-outs, DeMatha close-outs.

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c) Closeout X 3

X1 passes to 1 and closes out, 1 drives middle and goes back, drives baseline and goes back. Repeat three times, then it's live, play to a stop or score.

See Defending - Petitgoue close-outs, Team close-outs, Dick Bennett coach close-outs, Close-out to challenge.

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d) Closeouts with feeders

X1 and X2 pass out to the guard spots, follow halfway up the lane, close out on passes to the wings, contain one or two dribbles.

See Defending - Close-out from gap, Spurs close-out, Pensacola closeout, Arizona (Vegas) closeouts (crowd from the top).


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e) Diagonals closeouts

4 on 4, deny one pass away, if a diagonal skip is thrown the next pass must be a straight skip, and vice versa.

(Progressions)

- allow any skip pass, and a direct pass if not denied
- coach can call "shot" (box out) or "live".

See Defending - DeMatha shell, also 4-man close-outs.



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