PGC Fast Break: Attack the Closeout

This drill will improve your team’s abil­i­ty to read the defense on close­outs and help them rec­og­nize what their best move is.

PGC Fast Break: Attack the Closeout

This drill will improve your team’s abil­i­ty to read the defense on close­outs and help them rec­og­nize what their best move is.

The best offen­sive play­ers know the defense is always wrong. Take away a dri­ving line? Great offen­sive play­ers will knock down the open shot. Close out too far? Time for the offense to attack the rim. In this week’s drill from PGC Basketball, ath­letes will prac­tice mak­ing good reads on defen­sive close­outs, becom­ing the pow­er­house play­ers defens­es strug­gle to stop.

This sim­ple drill will improve your team’s abil­i­ty to read the defense on close­outs and help them rec­og­nize what their best move is.

Attach the Closeout

The offen­sive play­er will use three dif­fer­ent reads in this drill, with each read ini­ti­at­ing its own offen­sive attack.

  • When the defense has an over close­out, the offen­sive play­er will attack the rim with a drive.
  • When the defense has an under close­out, the offen­sive play­er will take the open shot.
  • When the defense has a sol­id close­out, the offen­sive play­er must move the defend­er off his line to get a good shot.

In the first pro­gres­sion of this drill, the offense will know which defense is com­ing. This will teach your team to do the right thing at the right time.

You can then move to the sec­ond pro­gres­sion with a com­pet­i­tive live defense and force the offense to make impor­tant deci­sions at game speed.

Love this drill? Be sure to check out the oth­ers — The GauntletOne-Minute FinishOutlet and FinishCommunication Defense, and Ball Screen Reads.

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