PGC Fast Break: Assignment Closeout

This work­out will help play­ers learn the strengths of their oppo­nent, and how to take that strength away.

PGC Fast Break: Assignment Closeout

This work­out will help play­ers learn the strengths of their oppo­nent, and how to take that strength away.

Great defend­ers always know how to elim­i­nate an offen­sive player’s best move. In this week’s drill from PGC Basketball, ath­letes will prac­tice three defen­sive close­outs, each based on the kind of play­er they’re guard­ing. This work­out will help play­ers learn the strengths of their oppo­nent, and how to take that strength away.

Assignment Closeout

As play­ers progress through this drill, they’ll con­cen­trate on three types of closeouts:

  • Non-shoot­er
  • Shooter
  • Complete play­er

With non-shoot­ers, the focus is on tak­ing away the dri­ve, forc­ing the offense to take a shot they’re not con­fi­dent in. Closeouts on shoot­ers are about run­ning the offense off their line, being care­ful not to give up the open shot. Closing out on a com­plete play­er requires the defend­er to take away both the shot and the drive.

Like what you see? Don’t miss the oth­er drills in this series — The GauntletOne-Minute FinishOutlet and FinishCommunication DefenseBall Screen ReadsAttack the CloseoutPost Four DeepLadder Ball-HandlingSpin Ball ShootingScreening Circles, and Scramble Cut Defense.

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