Re: Best Way to Defend Against Corner Jump Shot?


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Posted by My 2 Cents on August 13, 2018 at 13:35:58:

In Reply to: Re: Best Way to Defend Against Corner Jump Shot? posted by zones on August 12, 2018 at 19:22:41:

: : : : : : : : Good day guys

: : : : : : : : I coach a park league team of middle schoolers - we always give up many corner shots - we use 2-3 zone - sometimes man to man to try and prevent those corner jumpers - many are 3 pointers - they are killing us with those shots.

: : : : : : : : Any suggestions on how to defend against the corner jumpers? (Best overall way i mean)

: : : : : : : : Many thanks

: : : : : : : If you're playing zone my guess is that your bottom defender is trying to guard both the wing and the corner. You'll need to rotate your middle defender out to the corner and drop your bottom wing defender back to replace the middle. Your middle defender needs to be ready to go.

: : : : : : : If you're giving up corner 3's in m2m defense, then you're likely having your corner defender committing to a drive from the wing/lane line. First, play better ball defense to eliminate straight line drives which cause the need to help. If that can't be fixed, then you have to teach your defenders to read when a defender is beat or not, deciding of course whether you prefer to give up an unimpeded drive to the hoop or a shot from the corner. If the ball defender isn't beat, the corner defender needs to stay home, or at least just stunt to the ball handler while moving to close out to the corner.

: : : : : : : Giving up shots is not an issue, only if they are open.

: : : : : : Thanks you sound like a real coach - lol - appreciate your tips - heres my dillema - - my BIG man of course - in the zone - stays in the middle - he dominates and rebounds better than anyone - so to have him leave the post area to cover a corner - does NOT seem like a good idea? Know what I mean? (If thats what you mean when you said have middle man cover corner etc etc)

: : : : : If your big man dominates the middle, then your other 4 guys need to work harder it seems. Bottom defender has to get out to that corner jumper and get a hand up. The 2 guys on each side of the zone need to communicate more and you have to stress getting a hand up on that corner 3. Emphasize what you want done. If the big man is that good, the other 4 should be able to cover rest of the court if they work hard.

: : : : You never want a defender going on-ball to on-ball, so you'll either need to change your assignments for your zone defenders or honestly, if your big is that dominant, play man. Deny all players one pass away (eliminates any corner 3 looks) and force baseline to keep the ball on one side of the floor. Your big will help, just make sure your weak side help defender rotates under to take his man. Of course...that means you are giving up the over the top 3 ball on the weak side.

: : : : Defense is all about choosing what you are going to give up, because once a defender is beat 1 on 1, you are playing 5v4, at best.

: : : : I guess I should have started by saying the best thing for you to do is to work on your 1v1 defense so that you minimize any situations where guys are left open due to help rotation.

: : : Thanks guys - appreciate your suggestions - I like the idea of playing man - and keeping my BIG man in the middle - 2 passes away - get in the paint and help. Ill let you know how this works - game is later today.

: : You lost. Shooter had 21 in first game and 10 in second game. Second game he put ball on ground and drove to basket. He is a solid player on both ends of the court.

: Use a line of demarcation- FT line extended or 1st hashmark.. the "Gs" at the top of your 2-3 pick up ball at that point or above. if the ball is skipped and the "F" has to close-out, you should practice having him hold the ball-handler until help arrives and then handing it off to the "G" as he rotates over after the skip. They have to communicate through it or either you'll end up with a trap you weren't prepared to execute or a player with no one guarding them. If you can execute the defensive hand-off then your "F" can drop back down and be able to guard the corner.

: another option is to go 1-2-2 and let your bottom 2 cover corners and let your other 3 guys "X-cut" into the lane to help front the post. It gets your "big" away from the basket, with makes it tougher, but he's gotta learn to fly around and hustle, too. It's park league and it's junior high kids. You do him a disservice by teaching him that since he's big all he has to do is stand in the key and rebound and block shots. It's park league, so it should be about player development (heck, all levels should be about development when you think about it.)

My feeling on this has evolved with the 3 pt mentality of 2018.

Hard to fully advise/opine without seeing what offensive team is doing but here are some suggestions.

If offense has G-W-C on one side, then I have bottom defender responsible for corner jumper, strong side guard defend wing, and weak side guard on PG up top. If they reverse ball, then guards have to bust their butts to rotate.

In a park league, offense won't/can't swing ball that fast so it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Also, given the abilities of shooters now, rule number one is never help out of the corner. And that is true man or zone. If wing gets by defender, I want another defender to come and help. Over and over you see defender from corner try to help and the ball gets kicked for an open three. I would actually rather have a wing take a contested drive than give up an open three in the corner.



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