A big part of being able to guard cutters in basketball is the defender’s body position as the offensive player makes their cut. If the defender is in a poor position, they will get hit by the screen and won’t be there on the catch to square up the defender.
This basketball drill will work on exactly this. The defender will be able to work on taking a great path on the cut and then being able to square up the defender on the catch. It will teach defenders how to not only work hard on defense but also work smart. Rather than fighting with the screen, they will be able to take a good angle and essentially eliminate the screen. After the cut, the players will play one-on-one, benefiting both the offensive and defensive players.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: 1 on 1 Chasing Cutters Defensive Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: Basketball, 2+ Players, Screener, and Passer.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on navigating a down-screen action as a defender and then being able to play defense on the catch.
- The offensive player will work on using a down screen and then playing against a live defender.
- Cuts need to be sharp and game-like from the offensive player.
- The defender needs to stay locked in and take the right angle as they chase the cutter.
- The defender needs to be there on the catch and able to square up the offensive player.
- Both the offensive and defensive players need to treat the one-on-one portion of this competition basketball drill like a live game situation.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The players will start under the basket with the defender on the hip of the offensive player.
- A screener will be just outside the paint, and a passer will be at the top of the key with the ball.
- When the drill starts, the offensive player will set up their defender and then come off the down-screen action for a straight line cut.
- The defender will jump to the cutter’s outside hip and chase them on the screen.
- As soon as the defender clears the screen, they must fight back in front to square up the offensive player on the catch.
- The passer will make the pass to the offensive player, and from here, the drill is live.
- The drill is completed when there is a basket, foul, or a stop by the defender.
- To make the drill more realistic, you can set a dribble limit.
- If you have more than two players, have the next group in line go, offensive player or defensive player stay on, etc.
- After the desired amount of repetitions, switch the down screen over to the other wing area.