(Rental)-Man to Man Defense Drills & Concepts
Open Practice: Man-to-Man Defense Drills & Concepts
Dave Richman began his coaching career at North Dakota State University in 2015 by taking the Bison to the NCAA tournament and winning the Summit League Coach of the Year award. He has produced three 20-win seasons and three NCAA berths and a big part of his success is due to defense.
In this video, you get an inside look at an NDSU practice that reveals the foundation of Coach Richman’s man-to-man defensive philosophy. Coach Richman shows you over two dozen drills that develop defensive skills like on-ball defense, closeouts, help defense, and more.
Essential Drills & Skills
The most important skill in successful team defense is also the hardest one to master – defending the ball. Coach Richman places a great deal of emphasis on challenging ball handlers with a number of daily drills.
Two drills teach and reinforce the proper technique for closeouts. Two different 1-on-1 drills continue the refinement of on-ball defense. Players learn to force drives away from the rim while staying in front of the ball handler through the first two defensive slides.
Three-Hoop Campaign is an awesome drill that forces players to compete to improve their on-ball defense. Coach Richman also shows some 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills that work on other aspects of defense like help and rebounding. He also shares his “Hit, Pinch, Chase” concept that helps defenders maximize their chances of securing a rebound.
Transition & Switching
Successful defenses are the ones that transition from offense to defense quickly. The Scramble Conversion drill challenges players to rotate through disadvantage situations in transition while also pushing the offense to score quickly with a reduced shot clock.
Richman uses 4-on-4 drills to demonstrate how the Bison handle screens. Learn how to switch any offensive action that brings two players near the ball. Coach Richman explains how to defend the pick-and-roll and how to defend four different scenarios that create unique challenges for defenses.
This is an outstanding look at how a Division I basketball program teaches its man-to-man defense and is perfect for any coach looking to do the same.
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