Prepare your team to defend the offensive screens, cuts and intricate actions you'll see throughout your season
- Train your players to fight over screens and not allow easy passes
- Learn how to use defensive positioning to prevent high-low post feeds and neutralize talented post players
- Get a 4-on-4 box drill you can use every day in practice to work on defending a wide variety of screens
with Frank Allocco,
former University of San Francisco Associate Head Coach;
former De La Salle (CA) HS Head Coach; 2014 McDonald's All-American Game West Squad Head Coach;
2x State Champions (only coach in California history to take two schools to a state title); 2000 National High School Coach of the Year; 2012 National Catholic Coach of the Year; California State Coach of the Year (2010, 2011); 2nd All-Time in the State of California in Winning Percentage (.868)
National High School Coach of the Year, Frank Allocco, has a long history of success as a winning coach for De La Salle High School in California. All of the victories, championships, and awards his teams have earned are in large part due to his dominant system of man-to-man pressure defense.
In this video, Coach Allocco shows you the defensive strategies his teams have used to hold opponents to an average of just 38 points per game.
Coach Allocco shows you everything you need to get your squad ready for any offense you'll face. He teaches the footwork, technique and communication skills needed to defend 10 of the most common screen actions in basketball.
Defensive Breakdown Drills
Teaching screen defense is a challenge, but also incredibly important if you are going to be successful. Through a series of 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 breakdown drills, Coach Allocco explains how to neutralize your opponent's offense. For each offensive action, you'll learn the role of each defender involved in the play, teaching points, and how to maximize repetitions with each practice drill. All of these drills are demonstrated on the court, allowing you to see how Coach Allocco refines the execution of each strategy with his players.
- Ball Screens - Get your players to communicate with one another to hedge ball screens and fight over the top.
- Pass and Cut - Learn how to eliminate easy layups from basket cuts and screening away by jumping to the ball and beating screens by coming "up the shoot."
- Flare Screens - Two variations of this drill will challenge your defenders to fight through flare screens to cover shooters.
- Wheel Cuts - This drill can be progressively built up to teach players how to defend screen-the-screener actions that incorporate wheel cuts, down screens, and back screens.
- Dribble Drive - Teach your players how to fight through dribble hand-offs and contain dribble penetration with great on-ball defense and help support with two variations of this drill.
- UCLA Cut - Prepare your players to fight through consecutive screening actions by fighting through UCLA cuts, down screens, and back screens.
- Flex Action - Train players to defend the combined action of flex screens and down screens using 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 drills.
- America's Play - Prevent post players from securing great position by showing your players how to defend cross screens and down screens.
- Single Double Screens - Often referred to as "Floppy" action in the NBA. This 4-on-4 drill will teach players how to get "up the shoot" versus single screens and how to modify this concept for staggered double screens.
- High-Low Action - Use positioning and toughness to deter flashes into the high post and take away duck-ins from teams with strong post play.
Coach Allocco emphasizes that winning takes more than just great strategy. He shares his philosophy of demanding communication and obligation within your team's culture. Great defenses need players to constantly communicate with one another to remain in-sync throughout every possession. Players must also feel the obligation to their teammates to perform their role and not allow breakdowns. Coach Allocco demonstrates this constant attention to communication and to helping players do their job throughout all the defens