Why I Choose to Fully Commit to Motion Offense and Man-to-Man Defense

by Paul Cortes Head Boys Varsity Coach, International High School Director of Player and Coach Development, Bay City Basketball At the ages of 14 and under, which is what is widely classified as “youth basketball”, I do not believe in set plays and zone defenses. Here’s why: It is my conviction that basketball is, first Read more about Why I Choose to Fully Commit to Motion Offense and Man-to-Man Defense[…]

The problem with stutter steps 

Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter, 8.15. Subscribe here.

I attended a college practice, and the team practiced closeouts. Fake Fundamentals explains my philosophy on the traditional closeout. This drill mixed short and long closeouts depending on one’s starting position, and the staff treated them the same. Players ran a few steps and stutter-stepped to close the distance to one arm’s length from the attacker. Because it was a  non-competitive shell drill, nobody gave up an open shot or was beaten on the drive. The closeouts worked!  […]