Defensive Drills for High School Basketball Recruits

January 6, 2012
by Justin

Welcome back to Hardwood High School, your top-tier source for tips, techniques, drills about everything in high school basketball with a NCAA basketball perspective. Volume one was about the importance of great defense, and the second volume was all about you, the high school basketball player, who’s looking for the best opportunity to play at the next level. Week three was all about Duke and UNC basketball’s coaches and their high-level tips. Week four was all about AAU basketball and how to infiltrate the complex world of AAU sports. Week five and six were filled with drills for all aspiring high school basketball recruits, just like this week will be. The only spin will be that this week will have a defensive emphasis. Let’s get into the NCAA basketball drills right now.


Drills for High School Basketball Recruits: Gut Check Time

This drill for high basketball recruits requires three teams of either two to three people. With 12 minutes on the clock, have two of the teams play while the third team is shooting on a side basket. Each basketball team gets a point for every stop and a foul is an automatic loss of play. The first two basketball teams play for 4 minutes. Then the third team comes in after 4 minutes for the team that is winning. Each time the offence scores, the defense must sprint down and touch the opposite foul line and come back. The basketball will be passed to the coach and the coach will give to the team that just touched the foul line. There is only 20 seconds for each possession, so the team must sprint down and back to get more time. If the defense gets a stop the offence must go down and touch the opposite foul line and come back to try to score once more. This basketball drill is great for conditioning and an excellent fourth quarter simulation.


Drills for High School Basketball Recruits: Closeout & Seal Baseline Drill

This drill for high school basketball recruits requires three teams of three people. The emphasis of this defensive basketball drill is to teach your players to chop their feet and to not jump on shot fakes. The basketball players must closeout properly and seal the ball handler using the baseline and sideline as an extra defender. Separate the players in three lines; dribble man, pass man and defensive man. Each lines rotates clockwise between each station. The player that dribbles the ball runs hard to the baseline to receive the inbounds pass. If he is able to get the basketball, the dribble man tries to beat the defensive basketball player past half court. The five second inbound rule, along with the 10-second rule is in effect during this basketball drill.


Drills for High School Basketball Recruits: Shell Drill

This drill for NCAA basketball recruits requires three teams of 3-4 players. This is a great basketball drill to teach the concepts of ball denial and help defense. The emphasis of this drill is to ball pressure on the ball handler and to deny the pass. The defensive team will outnumber the offensive team’s players. The object of this basketball drill is to force your man to dribble into the help defense. The defense should deny the pass with one hand outstretched denying the basketball. The defender should not cheat by overplaying and getting caught back door. The defender playing help position need to focus on both the offensive players and the basketball, while being ready to help on penetration or players cutting through to the basket. If the defensive team, which has the natural advantage, gives up a basket, they have to run down and back to the opposite baseline.


Be sure to focus on playing harder and not about the day-to-day politics of your basketball program. There are just as much if not more politics at the college basketball level of athletics; your job is to never allow these issues in high school basketball to suppress with your future prospects in your sport. Ultimately, you should continue to work on your game, so when it comes time to show and prove, your skill on the basketball court speaks for itself. Check back next week for another installment of Hardwood High. Until then, this is Yorick Hempstead signing off.


Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for ScoutMe. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.


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