Attacking the Full Court Press
Man-to-Man Defense

Facing aggressive full court man-to-man defensive pressure can be a challenge for any team. For teams to be consistently successful advancing the ball against man-to-man pressure, perimeter players (1, 2 and 3) must develop the ability to advance the ball to the frontcourt with the dribble against a one-on-one defender. Teams that rely only on their point guard to advance the ball will struggle against pressure.

During practice it is critical to create one-on-one situations for ballhandlers in order to prepare them for the game time pressure. Remember that players 1, 2 and 3 are interchangeable and any of them can get the inbound pass and advance the ball up the court. This is what attacking any full court press is all about.

Here are some plays with options to attack the pressure.




   
    

Side

Step 1
Player 3 begins the play by breaking to the ballside wing asking for the ball.
Player 2 screens 1ís defender then cuts towards 4 (inbounder) to get the ball.
Player 1 cuts to baseline looking to get the pass from 4.
Player 4 can inbound the ball to 3, 2 or 1 to start the fast break.
Note: If player 3 gets the pass from 4 he will take the ball down the court
with player 2 takes the right lane and 1 the left lane.
Player 4 will be the trailer.




    

Quick Break

Step 2
Player 1 dribbles down the court.
Players 2 and 3 fill the lanes with 4 as trailer.
Player 5 stays at elbow then moves opposite low post.



    

Quick Break

Step 3
Players 3 and 5 screen for 2.
Player 1 passes to 2 at left wing.
Player 4, the trailer, cuts to the basket.
Player 2 can shoot or feed 4 inside the box for layup.




    

Line 321

Step 1
Player 3 breaks to the ballside wing asking for the ball.
At the same time player 1 cuts to opposite short corner to get screened by 2.
When player 2 screens 1ís defender he then seals the defender at baseline
and reaches for the ball towards the inbounder 5.
Player 5 can inbound the ball to 1 or 2.




    

Quick Break

Step 2
Player 1 takes the ball down the court.
Players 2 and 3 fill the lanes.
Player 4 goes to the left side of the block.
Player 5, the trailer, stays behind player 1.




    

Quick Break

Step 3
Player 5 screens for 2 and rolls to the basket.
Player 1 passes to 2 for a shot at the top of the key.
If player 2 cannot shoot then he passes to 5 inside the lane.




    

Shuffle

Step 1
Remember, players 1, 2 and 3 can take the ball down the court and initiate the half court offense.
Player 3 screens for 1.
Player 2 screens for 3 and rolls to the basket toward 4 the inbounder.
Player 4 looks to hit 1, 2 or 3.




    

Quick Break

Step 2
Player 2 dribbles down the court.
Players 1 and 2 fill the lanes.
Player 5 goes to the top of the key.
Player 4 is the trailer.




    

Quick Break

Step 3
Player 4 runs down the court to the opposite low post.
Player 5 down screens for 4.
Player 4 comes up to the elbow to get the pass from 1.
Player 4 looks to feed 5 inside the box.




    

Big 5
Step 1
Player 3 screens for 2 then gets open on the weakside corner.
Player 2 moves to the ballside corner.
Player 5 cuts toward the inbounder 1 to get the ball.
Player 5 catches the ball and quickly hands off to 1.
Player 4 takes position at the elbow.




    

Quick Break
Step 2
Player 1 advances the ball.
Players 2 and 3 fill the lanes.
Player 4 stays at elbow.
Player 5 is the trailer.




    

Quick Break
Step 3
Player 1 passes to 2.
Player 2 hands off to player 1.
Player 4 for screens for 3.
Player 1 drives to the basket for layup.
At the same time player 4 screens for 3.
Note:
If 4ís defender tries to stop 1 from going to the basket,
player 1 looks for 3 at free throw line for a shot.




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