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Eric Flannery's Full Court Press Concepts

The very first rule of Coach Eric's Full Court Press is a ball pressure.

Eric Flannery's Full Court Press

With the hands up, defender's goal is to make a first pass the hardest possible, and make a player with ball to pass to the ball-side corner.  To make sure that the pass doesn't go straight or to the other side corner, defender should shade a bit to make that pass as hard as possible. 

Second, the players on a first pass should force their players to catch a first pass in the corner. Defender should stay on player's inside shoulder and close the middle, forcing the player to move towards the corner.

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As we can see on the picture above, behind defenders on the first pass there is a middle defender who is in the position to reach a possible long pass. In case of a long pass, this defender should steal the ball or cover up so ball doesn't go any further.  

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 The very last defender, probably the biggest man in the team, should come a few steps forward but carefully, since he has to stay the closest man to the basket; that's his priority and offense can't beat him over the top. In case that he decides to go for a potential steal, he has to make sure 100 percent  that he can catch the ball with two hands, otherwise its an open lay up for the offense. 

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After the pass, defender who was on the ball pressure goes for a trap to double-team a player with a ball. Very important is the way how will he trap; he should retreat a few steps back to get in the line of the ball ,and then go for a trap to stop penetration to the middle,such as an L-cut. Another defender is in charge of sideline penetration. 

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 This kind of defense Coach Eric likes to call  "Read", since defense reads what offense does.

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Eric Flannery's Read & Man to Man Full Court Presses

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