The closeout is one of the most important defensive skills in basketball. It occurs when a defensive player goes from an off-ball position to an on-ball position. The Shell Drill is an excellent way to teach defensive position. During a closeout, the defensive player must close the distance between he and his man. The goal is to be able to prevent/contest a shot and/or defend the drive … it is quite a task! Closing-out is a skill that must be emphasized daily.
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