Duke Defense Drills

(Rental)-Mike Krzyzewski Open Practice: Defensive Skill Development

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    Duke Defensive Drills

    Learn how to apply defensive pressure the Duke way in this video featuring Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his former players and assistant coaches Chris Collins and Steve Wojciechowski. You will get all the breakdown drills used by Duke to help implement their defense. All of the Duke Defensive drills you will see are taken from three years of coaching clinic sessions and incorporate fundamentals like stance and footwork. You will see how Krzyzewski and Duke shape the individual defensive skills of their players into an in-your-face-pressure defense that has led Coach K to 12 Final Fours.

    Wojciechowksi, now the head coach at Marquette, begins the presentation with the most basic of defensive skills – the stance. He demonstrates the proper stance and runs players through drills like the Duke Zig-Zag Series, which builds the strength, stamina, and footwork needed to run an effective full-court pressure defense. Players learn to pressure the ball in the open court and other skills like how to jam the passer on a dead ball. These skills are learned in other variations of the Zig-Zag Series.

    Duke Defensive Drills Progressions

    You will then see Coach K and his staff work a progression of the Zig-Zag series in a practice setting. Players are taken through 1-on-1, 2-on-2, and 3-on-3 drills that begin teaching team defense. You will learn how to properly defend and rotate against baseline and middle drives to the basket.

    Coach K then introduces the Driving Line Drill, which is used to build Duke’s half-court defensive pressure. Players learn how to control a dribbler and force him to the baseline. Weak side defenders learn when and when not to help. There is also the 2-Man Contesting Drill that Duke uses to teach players how to see the floor as the ball moves. The drill challenges players to deny, apply on-ball pressure, transition between denial and help defense, and jump to help or take a charge against dribble penetration. The drill teaches multiple defensive concepts.

    If you are looking to build a pressure defense similar to Duke, these are the same drills that Krzyzewski uses at Duke and with USA Basketball. Players will learn how to effectively pressure the ball, provide help to teammates, and communicate to build a top-notch defense. Rent this Duke Defensive Drills DVD today.

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