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February 21, 2018 - Carbondale, IL, USA - Loyola Ramblers head coach Porter Moser instructs players during practice for a game against the Southern Illinois Salukis on February 21, 2018, in Carbondale, Ill. (Credit Image: © John J. Kim/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

More Than Just Talk: Building Communication on Defense

More Than Just Talk: Building Communication on Defense

Ideas, drills and an overall plan for developing good communication habits on the defensive end of the court. *This is Part 2 of a 3-part series. Check out Part 1 here. When discussing communication in basketball, most coaches immediately focus on the defensive side of the ball. The reason for this is there are great benefits

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Buying in to Defense: 8 Drills to Guard the Basketball Better

Sure, a huge part of playing defense is mindset and attitude, but these eight drills will teach skill and technique.  Oftentimes, when coaches talk about focusing on skill development in practice, they are referring to working on offensive skills like shooting, passing, ball handling, and finishing. Being a successful defender is almost always considered an

December 31, 2016 - Omaha, NE U.S. - Creighton Bluejays guard Marcus Foster #0 in 1st half transition action during an NCAA men's basketball game between #1 Villanova Wildcats and #10 Creighton Bluejays at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE..Attendance: 18,831 Third-largest crowd in Creighton men's basketball history.Villanova won 80-70.Michael Spomer/Cal Sport Media(Credit Image: © Michael Spomer/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Defending Disadvantage Situations

Transition defense starts with being able to defend in disadvantage or outnumbered situations. On paper, basketball is played 5v5. But in application basketball is played in advantage/disadvantage situations. Creating advantage situations is paramount for offense and the ability to neutralize disadvantages makes for championship defense. The difference between winning and losing may come down to

January 2, 2016: Jamall Gregory (4) of the South Carolina Gamecocks on defense in the NCAA Basketball match-up between the Memphis Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC. Scott Kinser/CSM(Credit Image: © Scott Kinser/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Individual Defense – “Bigs And Smalls”

Two individual defensive drills (“Bigs” & “Smalls”) to teach the basics of post and perimeter man-to-man defense. Success on the defensive end of the floor often comes down to winning individual match ups. But of course, defense is more complex than one-on-one. It involves individual players helping, rotating, communicating and giving effort in concert to

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