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Defending
Calipari 4 on 4 shell


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John Calipari

20 or 30 seconds with each group then switch. Coach out top pounds the ball on the floor, defenders slap the floor, coach passes to 1 or 4. Five defenders are guarding the ball (your man plus one).

a) Passing

Attackers pass the ball, including skip passes. The on-ball defender tries to deflect the pass, it makes you jump to the ball. Defenders move on the pass not the catch, the on-ball defender may be a little late.

See Defending - DeMatha shell, Australian closeouts (diagonals closeouts).

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b) Interchange

Guard-to-guard passing with weakside interchange on each pass. 1 passes to 4, X1 jumps to the ball, X4 closes out.

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1 immediately makes a sprint cut, 2 replaces 1, X2 coming up (using the gap) has to get to the nail first and see ball and man (he can't face the ball), taking away a middle drive, can then recover to 2. Cover the nail.

If X4 has 4 under control, X2 can call "you got him" or X4 can call "I got him".

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4 hesitates, takes one bounce to the midline, passes to 2, X2 closes out, X4 jumps to the ball.

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4 sprint cuts, X3 comes up to the nail.

See Defending - DeMatha shell, Wootten Fogler.

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c) Stunting

The ball starts out top, when it gets passed to a wing, one attacker will drive middle and kick, then finish the swing to a wing, repeat coming back, continue. There should be multiple stunts on every drive.

Here if 2 drives and kicks the ball to 1, the ball will then be swung to 3.

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Repeat coming back, an attacker at the guard spot can drive either way, then finish the swing, continue.

Here 3 passes to 4, who drives right (or left, or 4 could pass to 1 who drives right or left).

See Defending - Pitt 4 on 4 penetration, Fratello 3 on 3 drive and kick.
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