Four-Minute Coaching Sessions

As the season ends, coaches take stock and rebuild for what is next to come with the new season. This four-minute coaching gameplan and tips just migh... READ MORE »

’22’ half-court press smothers ball handlers

The "22” is a highly effective 2-2-1 half-court press defense. It has turned some of my average defensive teams into ball-hawking defensive squads.... READ MORE »

An aggressive 1-3-1 zone for trap, half-court defenses

Initially, our 1-3-1 zone was intended to serve as a half-court trap in a multiple defense package. When the trap was broken, our players were instruc... READ MORE »

Steve Prohm

Steve Prohm’s defensive stance & closeout drills

* Editor's note: Steve Prohm shared these drills with Winning Hoops in 2012, when he was the head coach of the Murray State men’s basketball team. ... READ MORE »

basketball denial defense

4 half-court denial drills to clamp down on offenses

Denying the pass takes a tremendous amount of athleticism, focus and preparation on a defender’s part. Here are four half-court denial drills that p... READ MORE »

Point-zone defense picks apart offenses

The point-zone defense is a simple way to match up against an opponent while using zone responsibilities, which many times confuse the opponent. The d... READ MORE »

10 creative methods for ‘selling’ defense to your players

It may sound like a cliché, but our program strongly believes that we win championships with defense. We also believe that the foundation of any qual... READ MORE »

basketball defense block

The Front and the Pack

How to gain an edge defending the post player from the front The way you defend the post dictates how you play everywhere else. This is one of th... READ MORE »

basketball trapping

‘Thunder & Lightning’ trapping press unleashes relentless pressure

For a full-court press to be successful, you must continuously stress the importance of attitude and communication among players. We developed a full-... READ MORE »

Fan or funnel? Analyzing which man defense works best

How many times have you heard coaches shout during a key defensive possession, “Don’t give up the baseline!” It's a phrase that rings in every p... READ MORE »

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