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Open Practice with T.J. Otzelberger: Defense

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Open Practice with T.J. Otzelberger: Defense

Open Practice with T.J. Otzelberger: Defense

Play a brand of pressure defense that forces opponents into low-percentage shots!

  • Force your opponents into long, contested 2-point field goals by applying constant pressure defense
  • Use 2-on-2, 3-on-3, 4-on-4, and 5-on-5 build-ups to teach defensive schemes and techniques
  • Create a mentality where your defense cultivates pressure and gets stops in order to jump-start your offense

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with T.J. Otzelberger,
UNLV Head Men's Basketball Coach;
former South Dakota State University Head Coach;
2018 Summit League Coach of the Year; 2018 Summit League Regular Season Champions;
former Assistant Coach at Iowa State University and the University of Washington

T.J. Otzelberger, a rising star in college basketball coaching, shares an inside look into how he teaches his defensive system. Everything about Otzelberger's defense is designed to force opponents into tough shots and then rebound the basketball to quickly transition into offense and score easy buckets. Once you're done watching this video, you will understand why his teams are consistently ranked in the top 10 in the country for defensive rebounding.

Stance, Slides, and Closeouts

Defense begins with the basics: stance, slide, and closing out. Coach Otzelberger demonstrates how his team uses low, wide, and active stances. Keeping active hands allows players to use their hands as weapons to deflect passes, but avoid fouling. High, early hands on a closeout ensures your players attack the shooter as they prepare to load for a shot. This defensive style will help your team disrupt any offensive action.

Ball Screen Defense

In today's game, having lock-down ball screen defense is a must. Your team must be prepared with multiple ways to defend a ball screen while also having a go-to defense that can disrupt even the best ball handlers. In his side ball screen defense segment, Otzelberger teaches his players to have a wide, open stance and wall up/chest up the driver as they come off the ball screen.

Alley Drill

Continuing to build 1-on-1 defense, the Alley Drill pushes players to their limits. In this competitive drill, each team sends their athletes through the "alley." Defensive players work to keep their opponent in front of them in the lane line alley. They have to use good angles to cut off offensive players and force them to turn.

Coach Otzleberger demonstrates how to build a defensive philosophy from the ground up to ensure your team uses constant ball pressure and active hands. This is a great video for any coach looking to pick up a few new defensive drills or add to their own defensive philosophy.

186 minutes. 2018.

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