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Our Approach to Defense: Philosophy & Drills


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Our Approach to Defense: Philosophy & Drills



Our Approach to Defense: Philosophy & Drills

Put together a championship-caliber team defense with Bruce Weber's drills and philosophies!

  • Use multiple strategies to defend ball screens to adjust in countering the strengths of any opponent
  • Develop great on-ball defenders that will protect the paint from dribble penetration
  • Fight through off-ball screens to never give your opponent an advantage on offense


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with Bruce Weber,
Kansas State University Head Coach;
2013 Big 12 Coach of the Year;
2x Big 12 Champions (2013, 2019);
2019 USA Men's Basketball U19 World Cup Team Head Coach (Gold medal)
former Head Coach at University of Illinois and University of Southern Illinois;
In 2005, was awarded: Naismith 'College Coach of the Year',
Adolph Rupp Cup, AP Coach of the Year, Henry Iba Award, NABC Coach of the Year, Big Ten Coach of the Year;
2005 NCAA Final Four & National Runner-up (Illinois);
2x Big Ten Champions;
2x MVC Champions; 2003 MVC Coach of the Year;
Southern Illinois Salukis Hall of Fame (2018)

Team defense begins at the point of attack where individuals must be able to pressure the ball while containing the opponent's attempts to drive into the paint. Bruce Weber covers this concept in this video in order to help you piece together your own defensive strategy.

Defensive Drills

Under Coach Weber, Kansas State has emphasized great on-ball defense through a collection of drills. The 24-Second Drill will teach your players how to contain the ball to one side of the court with positioning and quick feet. The Superman Drill challenges players to prevent the opponent from scoring even in difficult closeout situations. The 3-on-3 Drill incorporates additional concepts such as off-ball positioning and helping on dribble penetration.

Beating Screens and Winning Disadvantage Situations

Next, you'll see some drills from Weber that cover more advanced fundamentals to help your players defeat screens. Two different ball screen drills will demonstrate multiple coverages that your defense can use. It's important to have multiple strategies in covering ball screens such as hard hedges, flat hedges, under, and ice. If an opponent can successfully beat your only tactic, then you'll be in for a long night. Having a "second bullet" allows you to adapt based on the situation.

Off-ball screens are also covered in the "Singles" drill. This is a terrific practice segment for quickly working on flare screens, pins, ball screens, and hi-low defense with your posts. The 4-on-5 Zone drill also teaches players how to handle exchanges and single-singles screening actions.

Great team defenses can withstand temporary disadvantages through great communication and rotations. Coach Weber practices this with his team using the "Scramble Closeout" drill. These disadvantages are also common in transition defense. You will see a progression of drills that run through these situations such as 2-on-1, 3-on-2, and 4-on-3 disadvantages that your players must be able to defend.

Develop a team defense that can contend with elite competition thanks to these drills and concepts from Bruce Weber!

80 minutes. 2019.

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