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Basketball Defensive Drills - Duke stop penetration and closout drill

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Have three lines on the perimeter with one line underneath the goal. The defender underneath the basket passes out to the wing, where he will closeout. The offensive player will drive baseline forcing the defender to stop the drive, but not allow the ball into the lane via crossover or spin. Once the ball is stopped on the drive the defender crowds the passer and forces a 'dead' call. When the offense passes it will be to the top of the circle. The defender will now recover and closeout. This time the offensive player sees to drive hard to the hoop. IF the defender can draw the charge then that's our top goal, but if he just stops penetration we accept it. After stopping the penetration the offense passes to the other wing, this time the defender must closout with a contest as this player is to shoot the three point shot.

Our rotations will be defender goes to first line then everyone moves to the line they passed it to during the drill. After taing the shot the player goes to the defenders line. The next player in line has rebounding responsibilities.


Same as above except keep their closeouts under control and force a high rate of speed to build a frenzied pace. All players must work on position and footwork.

Number of Players:

5 or more


BE AGGRESSIVE! with the threat of three point shot we must always closeout high.


You can add an extra defender and mae drill continuous.




This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.

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