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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).
 
Variations
 
- coach drives and kicks to 1, 2 helps and closes out
- 1 passes back to coach, 2 sprints back to a gap position, closes out on another pass to 1.
 
 
Ben Jacobson - closing out from a gap position on a pass from the top to the wing, use a proper angle of approach, get underneath the ball (first step toward the baseline), then approach head on.
 
Jim Boone - 2's first step is baseline, a straight closeout provides a baseline drive.
 
Stuart Manwaring - on a closeout you must recover to the line between the ball and the basket and ahead of the ball, so you can stop a layup then move forward as needed to stop an outside shot. If you try to move toward the dribbler, he will explode past or you will be forced to foul.

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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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