(Rental)-Practice Drills For Half Court Pressure Defense

(Rental)-Practice Drills For Half Court Pressure Defense

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    Will Wade: Practice Drills for Half Court Pressure Defense

    LSU head coach Will Wade has earned a reputation as a well-versed defensive coach despite his youth. Just 35 years of age, Wade has been a head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga and Virginia Commonwealth before landing at LSU. He was part of Shaka Smart’s staff on the VCU team that went to the Final Four in 2011.

    Coach Wade takes you through his whole philosophy of defense as well as the drills necessary in building a top-notch defensive ball club. This clinic video will help your team stop easy transition baskets as well as show you how to close out properly and prevent 3-point opportunities.

    Ball Pressure

    Coach Wade uses two drills to help defenders learn the art of ball pressure. The drills utilize a scoring system making them very competitive. Both drills emphasize an individual’s ability to apply pressure on the ball as well as rotate and position when off the ball. Your players will develop the skills necessary to disrupt ball handlers and force deflections and turnovers.

    Winning in Transition

    Defenses cannot give up easy baskets in transition. Learn how Coach Wade balances an aggressive style of offensive rebounding with limiting fast-break opportunities. Two drills – the Rat Race and 4-on-2 Continuous – serve the dual purpose of teaching transition defense and working as a conditioner. Players learn how to communicate and disrupt an opponent’s fast-break in game-like situations.


    Two specific drills aim at taking away your opponent’s best shooters. Learn the technique that Wade used while at VCU to cover open shooters. The Raiders and Heart Check drills will help your defenders anticipate and learn to be aggressive in covering ground and stopping long-range shots.

    Post Defense

    Coach Wade wants his entire team to be able to defend in the post to take away the possibility of a mismatch. Defenses with all players capable of defending in the low post are able to switch on screens more easily. In this segment, Coach Wade presents two very intense, physical drills designed to prevent easy entry passes into the post with an emphasis on full-front denial.


    Defense and rebounding go hand-in-hand and Wade has an aggressive philosophy for both. Rebounding is instinctive and Wade will show you how you can drill to bring out that instinct. Combined with all of the defensive drills, Coach Wade’s 79-minute clinic video is a must for those searching for a way to create pressure and force turnovers on defense.

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