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Defending
Close-out from gap


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1
On a pass from coach to attacker 1, defender 2 closes out from a gap position, forces middle or baseline or plays straight up as coach requires, optionally mirrors any ball movement or reacts to foot fakes (e.g., pop off).
 
Option - other defenders start on the baseline, 3 sprints to the elbow and pitter-patters when coach passes to 1, see Two-man close-outs.

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2
Rotate defender to attacker, 2 becomes the next attacker when 1 passes back to coach.

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3
3 closes out when coach passes to 2.

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4
Vary player and coach positions, e.g., close-out on a pass out top.

See Huggins, Continuous, Spurs and Weakside close-outs, Izzo jump to the ball, and 1 on 1 stops.
 
Progressions
 
- absorb a jab step
- react to ball up, ball down
- contain 1-2 dribbles left or right.
 

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