Round Table #20

Welcome to the twentieth edition of the Coach’s Corner Round Table on the Hoop Heads Podcast. Each episode of the Coach’s Corner Round Table will feature our All-Star lineup of guests answering a single basketball question.  A new Coach’s Corner Round Table will drop around the 15th of each month.

August’s Round Table question is:  How do you develop your team’s offensive and defensive system and what are those systems based on?

Our Coaching Lineup this month:

  • Mark Anderson – Owensboro Thoroughbreds (TBL)
  • Erik Buehler – Chatfield (CO) High School
  • Dan DeCrane – Gilmour Academy (OH)
  • Tim Heuer – 180 Coaching
  • Bobby Jordan – Wagner College
  • Kyle Pennington – Russellville (AR) High School
  • Nate Sanderson – Thrive on Challenge
  • Don Showalter – USA Basketball
  • John Shulman – University of Alabama Huntsville
  • Lee Swanson – Bunker Hill (NC) High School
  • Tyler Whitcomb – West Michigan Aviation Academy (MI)

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Welcome to the 20th edition of the Coach’s Corner Round Table on the Hoop Heads Podcast. Each episode of the Coach’s Corner Round Table, will feature our all-star lineup of guests answering a single basketball question. A new Coach’s Corner Round Table will drop around the 15th of each month.

August’s Round Table Question is, “How do you develop your team’s offensive and defensive system, and what are those systems based on?”

 Our coaching lineup this month includes

Mark Anderson from the Owensboro Thoroughbreds,

Eric Buehler from Chatfield High School,

Dan DeCrane from Gilmour Academy,

Tim Heuer from 180 Coaching

Bobby Jordan from Wagner College.

Kyle Pennington from Russellville High School.

Nate Sanderson from Thrive on Challenge.

Don Showalter from USA basketball.

John Shulman from the University of Alabama, Huntsville

Lee [00:02:00] Swanson from Bunker Hill High School.

And Tyler Whitcomb from West Michigan Aviation Academy.

Please enjoy this Round Table episode of the Hoop Heads Podcast, and once you’re finished listening, please give the show a five star rating and review, make sure you’re subscribed to the Hoop Heads Pod so you never miss an episode. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and YouTube. If you haven’t already, please tell a coaching colleague or friend about the Hoop Heads Podcast so they can listen and learn from some of the best minds in the game.

Get registered for our Hoop Heads Pod webinar series. If you’re focused on improving your coaching and your team, we’ve got you covered. Visit to claim your seat. Make sure you check out our new Hoop Heads Pod Network of shows, including Thrive with Trevor Huffman. Beyond the Ball, the Podcast and Cavalier Central with Justin Matcham.

Two new shows will debut soon, the Player’s Court with Joseph Harris, featuring conversations with players, for players and Grizz and Grind with Elijah [00:03:00] Campbell. Our second NBA team podcast, where Elijah will provide an in-depth look at the Memphis Grizzlies.

Mark Anderson Owensboro Thoroughbreds from The Basketball League.

Mark Anderson: [00:03:16] Over the years. I’ve always tried to base my offensive system on getting the best shots possible out of each of the sets, and from that building a base of sets that I use 14 or 15 of them,  early, the things that I ran early on in my career, I no longer run.

I’ve kind of evolved with some of the things with horns and with the triangle offense that opens up the floor a little bit more on what we want to do at our level and those types of things. And a lot of that’s gotta be based upon your personnel, who you’re playing the defensive schemes. Those types of things, all play into what our offensive system is based upon defensively.

[00:04:00]  at our level, we, we look primarily at,  man demand or else we’ll get the defensive three-second calls. So we gotta be cognizant of that. But having said that I’m going to utilize some more zones and try to mask it as we’re playing it and go from there and see how that works. So a lot of it’s gotta be based upon what I’m comfortable with as a coach and also what my personnel can do at either end

Mike Klinzing: [00:04:28] EriK Buehler, Chatfield Senior High School, Littleton, Colorado.

Erik Buehler: [00:04:35] What’s going on Hoop Heads?  This is Eric Buehler, Chatfield Senior High School. And this month’s round table asked,  how do we develop our offensive defensive systems? And one of our systems based on,  kind of our philosophy is we want to, we want to play in a fun style.  we want to play in a way that kids enjoy to play.

 [00:05:00] we have some structure, but at the end of the day, we want kids to,  get good looks at shots very quickly, take the first best option that can,  we want to transition. We want to run. Mmm. We want to play on the perimeter mainly because of our personnel. We’re usually guard heavy team year in and year out.

And,  we want to tailor that to our guards.  we try to copy.  the Villanova is of the world.  we have some dribble drive things added in there.  but we also will copy some Princeton and things. We kinda, we kinda just want to find ways to score quickly and score often at a high rate. And,  we’d love to shoot the outside ball.

 it’s something that we pride ourselves on and the kids enjoy to do,  ha I’ve never coached a kid that doesn’t like to shoot. So we want to. We want to play to that,  that enjoyment of the game and then defensively. [00:06:00]  we realized that we’re not going to be the biggest team in Colorado,  on a pretty regular basis.

So we’re trying to get as many turnovers as we can. We want to speed you up on offensively and defensively so that hopefully we can wear you down through the course of the game, as well as create more possessions for us.  they give us a better chance of winning that game.  just kind of our philosophies as coaches and our staff, and we want to do things that we like to do and we enjoy coach and that’s where we base a lot of our systems off of, but obviously it’s dictated by your personnel year in and year out.

 but we, we start this, these systems at a pretty young age and we encourage it. So by the time that they’re juniors and seniors, it’s pretty ingrained in them. So that’s kind of what we believe in and what we do.  hope everyone enjoys. And we’ll talk to you guys soon

Mike Klinzing: [00:06:55] Dan DeCrane, Gilmour Academy  in Gates Mills, Ohio.

[00:07:00] Dan DeCrane: [00:07:03] Everybody over at Hoop Heads, this is Dan DeCrane, the head boys’ basketball coach at Gilmour Academy. This week’s questions about offense and defensive systems and how we create those, what we base our system off of, we always feel that the game was about players, especially at the varsity level. And our program is basically made up of players that we receive in the ninth grade.

So we only get our athletes for four years,  unlike some other. A larger public school systems that might have their players all the way from kindergarten. So we really feel that we’re going to focus on four years of players and develop a, the system that they can succeed in within that timeframe.

This leads us to focusing on a player. The system to sets from an offensive standpoint, we try to teach them a more pure level of basketball that freshmen, JV levels, OSHA based principles generated on reads,  and our program stapled or transition offense.  however, we feel it’s really important to win games, [00:08:00] the varsity level, by putting our players in successful situations, based on their skills and abilities.

For instance, we’re going to focus on their strengths and not weaknesses.  and we realized that that might change year to year. So once we identify and hopefully continue to develop those skills and strengths, we then install our office and systems. So we might go from our transition often. So a continuity,  or dead walls.

We might focus on sets to put our guys in positions to score,  defensively. We’re going to do something similar.  we do believe that main man defense,  is most impactful style of play. However, that can change from year to year, of course, based on who we have. So we teach our base defense at all levels.

 with main principals, whoever we’re definitely gonna make modifications each season,  with our varsity team.  so we feel like sometimes our, our freshmen and JV teams are gonna be very similar, but our varsity might be unique and different and have different nuances. And for example, on the diva event,  we might add a secondary defensive might play more [00:09:00] zone.

We might defend ball screens differently,  so on and so forth.  we also might press more one year.  my first year at Gilmore, we press on, but 97% of our possessions.  my second year we, we press about 15%. We feel that, you know, whatever we have,  and, and those know our best players. So might sophomores.

So be seniors, there’s going to be a mix of kids. So when we get that group, we’re due to go in November, we might make modifications to make our team as successful as possible. A great quote from the movie money ball is that you have to adapt or die. And I feel like that’s true, not just with coaching, but with how you’re going to install your offensive defense.

So I think it’s fun and exciting to kind of change things year to year. I think it adds a lot of flavor in our guys who I feel like are always interested in what we’re going to do to put, make. Make our unit as successful as you possibly can. Best of luck to everybody. Thanks again,

Mike Klinzing: [00:09:53] Tim Heuer from 180 Coaching in Orange County, California.

[00:10:00] Tim Heuer: [00:10:01] Hi, this is Tim Heuer with 180 Coaching.  how I develop my teams, offense and defensive system is based on, based on four,  categories. One is vehicle percentage. The other is free-throw. The other is turnovers and the fourth is rebounds. So to increase our field goal percentage, we do a lot of transition, pace and space.

We want to keep the pace high. We want to get a lot of buckets and transition to make it easier for, for us to increase our field goal percentage.  in the half court set, we want to take a lot of three in keys.  we want a lot of three pointers in layups.  we wanna avoid mid-range twos,  but our three pointers we want inside out threes.

So we want to paint, touch. We want to kick it out.  we want to catch and shoot three, preferably as opposed to a lateral three.  And, you know, we wanna, we want to take the most efficient shots on the floor and avoid the long twos. The second category on [00:11:00] offense is free throws. We want to get to the line as much as possible.

We want to shoot more free throws and a higher percentage. And we do that through our spacing and. In essence, we want to create driving lanes. So we’re always four out, one in or five out. And we want to create driving angles and lanes so that our players can get to the, to the, to the rack. They get fouled and get to the free throw line is easily as possible.

And we do that through our spacing.  the third category is turnovers.  to reduce turnovers, we reduce passes. We don’t use all fences that are heavily reliant on a lot of passes.  we typically start our, our action with a, with a ball screen. Be it a drag screen, right shake,   pick and roll.  sometimes if the defense is set, we’ll start off with an, an action that involves three players, like a pistol action, which is a dribble handoff into a, into a, into a screen, or we’ll do a rip DHO, which is a back screen into a dribble handoff.

 the other [00:12:00] two players are spacing the floor, but occasionally they have reach where they can cut the 45 angle,  to get an easy basket.  and what have you category offensively as rebounds? We want to send forward to the glass. We want to rebound at least a third of our miss shots,  offensive, rebounding, you know, getting another possession is critical to us.

And so we sent forward to the glass.  now that’s what, that’s what, that’s how we manage our system on offense defense. We want to do the exact opposite. So on defense, we want to minimize the opponents field goal percentage. We find the best way to do this as well. Zone,  zone. You just don’t give up a lot of layups or a lot of people driving to the basket.

The help side is more clear cut on his own defense. And responsibilities or a little bit more, more out also with his zone defense. We want to force our opponents into long tos either by keeping it on one side, forcing everything to the baseline,  and not giving up a layup [00:13:00] or other years. I’ve forced things to the middle,  into the help defense.

If you force it middle,  you do shrink the court, which is good.  either way, it doesn’t really matter. It’s just your personal preference in personnel.  also defensively. We want to limit our opponents free-throws we don’t want to be fouling sending them to the line.  we typically find it in, in a zone defense as opposed to a man to man defense.

We bow less. So that’s why we, we, we like to play zone,  any, to be honest, any great man to man defense is a zone. The way they use principles,  helps ID defense in an eye. I mean, you’re, you’re really zoning it up anyway.  so zone one of the advantages we don’t send,  our opponents to the line. The next is turnovers.

Now a lot of zones don’t create a lot of turnovers to combat this and to keep our pace high and to get field goal percentage on offense. We’d like to press, but we don’t like to sell out, go all out on the press.  we do like to apply pressure, but we don’t want to give up just a gimme [00:14:00] layup. So we do this by just using zone presses.

Mainly two to ones or one to twos. Typically a we can, you can use other processes. It really doesn’t matter. As long as you’re just not giving up layup, FFR, layup, we want to apply pressure and then fall back into our zone,  and make it difficult for the other team to score,  by, by full court pressing.

 at every opportunity, it allows us to create those turnovers that we wouldn’t normally get in the zone. Deep half-court defense. The last is rebounding. Again. We assigned people to spots on the floor.  we really focus a lot on our rebounding. A zone defense does have typically has a,  You know, weaknesses, it’s rebounding.

 but that’s something that we want to really focus and harness and practice and get physical and, and, and make sure that everybody knows their responsibilities to block out, to put a body on it and ultimately to just to go get the ball and use their athleticism. So, anyway, those are the things that I do to, to,  my offense and defense ready.

It’s [00:15:00] basically,  based on those four criteria. Cause those four criteria are what win basketball games.

Mike Klinzing: [00:15:08] Bobby Jordan Wagner College, Staten Island, New York.

Bobby Jordan: [00:15:14] Putting in your team’s offensive & defensive systems for an upcoming year. I think it’s most important first and foremost, to know your personnel.  you need to know your team strengths, your guys’ weaknesses, where they can succeed and what they struggle with.

And I think, you know, on the offensive end, this really. We’ll make you understand whether you want to be a fast place, fast paced team, whether you want to play a little bit slower,  from a defensive standpoint, it could be, you know, whether you want to press, whether you want to play half court, man, whether you want to play zone.I think that’s the first thing that all coaches should look for when developing their system is [00:16:00] knowing your personnel. The second thing that I also think is important is breaking it down,  in small group settings. You know, to start the year, and this is normally done,  in your preseason work,  really just emphasizing what you want from your team.

From an offensive standpoint, whether it’s, you know, driving kicks a jump stop, are they playing off of two feet?  and really ingraining that in your players heads through small group drills and work I’m on the defensive end. I think it’s important to do this as well.  whether it’s closeout drills,  are you playing with high hands?

Are you a two hand close out guy? Are you a one hand close out guy?  you really need to ingrain that in your player’s heads early on in the preseason. So it becomes a habit for them.  so these habits that can be formed in these small group settings,  I think will really help you develop your offensive and defensive systems.

Mike Klinzing: [00:17:04] Kyle Pennington, Russellville High School, Russellville, Arkansas

Kyle Pennington: [00:17:11] Kyle Pennington, head boys’ basketball coach Russellville High School. Russellville Arkansas. This week’s question was how do you develop your team’s offensive and defensive system? And what are those systems based upon. We develop our team’s offensive and defensive system through a series of breakdown drills.

For example, on the offensive end of the floor, we run a four out one in motion with ball screens for size footwork, jump stops, shot fakes, attacking close outs, making the extra pass ball screen angles shooting the three point shot finishing at the rim and getting to the free throw line. All of our offensive breakdown drills work on these aspects of the game.

On the defensive side of the ball, [00:18:00] we run them random, man, switching defense, all of our defensive breakdown drills help build up to this defense. We begin with close and guarding the ball. One-on-one doing some side two on two defense, three on three, four on four, all the way up to five on five. Our emphasis defensively is pressure on the basketball.  Communication and how we guard each scenario, whether that’s interchanges guard to guard screens, ball screens, post defense, and so on. These systems are based upon our personnel and can be tweaked from year to year.

Our personnel here in Russellville in most years is athletic guards. And guys that can shoot the three point shot.We use this to our advantage by defensively being able to switch the one through four spots and on the offensive end of the floor, being able to [00:19:00] attack close outs land in the paint off two feet makes the extra pass and knock down three point shots.

Mike Klinzing: [00:19:09] Nate Sanderson Thrive on Challenge.

Nate Sanderson: [00:19:15] Hey Mike, this is Nate Sanderson from Thrive on Challenge. And I’m going to answer your question about developing offensive and defensive systems. Separately. And I want to start with how we chosen our authentic philosophy. And the first thing that I would say is that we attempt to create a structure that allows players the freedom within that structure or organization to do what they do best.

So yeah, our offense is predicated on the Princeton and its motion principles within that. And there’ve been years where we’ve set the school record for three pointers made in, been an outside in type of team. And there have been years where we’ve been. Taller and had players that can post up on the inside.

And we’ve been more of an inside out team and shout a tremendous percentage from two point range. [00:20:00] Ultimately, what we want to do is help our players to be able to identify what they do best, what they’re most confident doing, and find ways for them to do that as often as possible in coordination with their teammates.

Now, the other thing we think about with our offense is doesn’t reflect our cultural values and,  One that’s been influenced by Phil Jackson, just watching the bulls, watching the Lakers over the years, studying the triangle and that the philosophy that he built into the culture there. And I love that there’s a whole and a unity and a coordination and a selflessness and a concept of service that is both talked about in the book.

The culture of their team and program also manifests itself in their authentic set. And so for us, we’ve been. Very collaborative in the actions and in the situations that we’re trying to create an offense because we want to serve each other in the same way,  on the court that we do off the court. Now at the defensive ends, we’ve [00:21:00] had the good fortune of being able to win multiple state championships, playing two, three zone.

And quite frankly, the reason that we chose to play two, three zone was because it made our offensive systems better. We found that over the course of time, There just aren’t that many different approaches to combating a two, three zone. And so our players were able to get very close in their positions.

We saw a lot of similar patterns. We didn’t have to spend as much time scouting and that allowed us to spend more time on our skill development and our offense, which made us a better basketball team. However, when I took another job at a higher level and we didn’t have the same caliber of athletes to be able to slow the ball down and really work collaboratively in the two, three zone because our players didn’t have a background in it.

We ended up switching to Manson. And my second year ostensibly, to improve our individual man-to-man defensive skills and abilities. This is why we went to man over the second summer that I was there, but we stayed in it because it allowed our players to be more [00:22:00] instinctual because that’s what they were playing in club.

And that’s what they were playing growing up. So we got better defensively because players had to think less because they played more men. Well, they were developing,  before they got to high school. Now, obviously whatever defense that you’re going to run, you’re going to have your principles. And I think it just comes down to what’s most important to you as a coach.

Are you going to, and what you can live with, are you going to allow a perimeter shot? Do you not want the ball to get to the rim? Are you going to over help and fly by shooters like the Toronto Raptors, but there, there has to be some foundational philosophy so that your coaches and your players know.

Whatever we’re doing on defense, whether it’s man or zone, we’re doing it for this reason, we will not allow a player to dribble what their dominant hand or get to the rim or, yeah. And uncontested three, whatever that means is, is I think it’s critical that it then determines kind of the strategies and the systems that you’re using going forward.

And finally my [00:23:00] last admonition coaches would be, you gotta be yourself. You have to coach what you’re comfortable teaching. So no matter what you see on Twitter, no matter what the last national Champion’s dead, or you saw someone doing the MBA, if you can’t teach it in a way that your players will be able to understand it, you saw it, but you’re really not sure if it’s the thing for you.

You’ve got to be you and you got to do something that you are comfortable knowing inside and out believing that will work with your team in your league, against the teams that you’re playing.  and that commitment to that is about as important as anything that you actually choose to run in terms of your system.

Mike Klinzing: [00:23:41] Don Showalter USA basketball.

Don Showalter: [00:23:47] Hi, Don Showalter from USA Basketball here. The question for the day is how do you develop your team’s offense and defensive system? And what are the systems based on this is really kind of complex question [00:24:00] because the system that you want yeah. To run at your high school level may not necessarily be the system that you prefer to run based on your personnel. That’s why high school coaches need to be so flexible, and be open to running a system that allows your players to have the most success at any rate. Uh the systems are based on pure fundamentals, whether you’re running a man, a defensive zone, a full court press motion, offense, and flex offense is based on fundamentals, passing, catching, shooting.

So that’s your number one?  system-based,  a point of, of where you want to be.  the second thing is, I think you can. Have a system and an adjust every year. So let’s say you’re a full court press guy,  and really want a [00:25:00] full court press with all your teams. Well, I think you can do that based on your personnel, but do that with a different type of press, might be a zone press might be a three quarter press, might be a full court man to man press.

Or whatever. So your systems is still in place. It just looks different year after year. So your systems I think, are really based on your fundamentals. And then I think you have to decide if those systems will work for that specific year and gave your team the best chance to win

Mike Klinzing: [00:25:34] John Shulman University of Alabama, Huntsville and the 720 Sports Group.

John Shulman: [00:25:42] The question is how do you develop your team’s offensive indeed. Sense of philosophy or your systems? What’s it based on This is John Shullman at UAH.  I think that’s a great question.  [00:26:00] I think it is,  in high school, I think it’s different high school. I think it’s different college.  I’ll start with college first because that’s where I am at this moment.

 I think you can recruit to it. I think you have to recruit to it. Maybe not when you first get a job.  but I think that’s, you know, it’s really who you are of your personality. I think in college, it’s more kind of who you are, your identity. Who are you? What are you?  do you want to play fast? You want to play slow?

That’s who you are.  do you want to play straight, man? Do you want to play zone a zone guy? Are you a man guy?  it didn’t recruit to it. It’s easy to say in college, it’s, it’s, it’s also difficult to do in college because you may not be in a program or a system that will allow you to recruit those type kids or, or whatever you’re you’re looking for.

 [00:27:00] but I think that’s what you do. I think it’s your personality.  you know, when you first take over a job, it’s a little different.  but really once you get in there,  you just gotta ask yourself, do you want to play fast and slow? Do you want, are you a ball screen team? Are you a Princeton team? Are you emotion team?

Are you a pounded inside team and defense Lyria straight man, and, or your multiple DS or your pressing team. And, and that’s what, you know, that’s who you are.  and I will say this when I took over at Makaley in a private school in Chattanooga. You know, I knew what I wanted to be, and I didn’t really care my personnel of in high school, we were going to press and trap and we were going to take the pin out of the other coaches and, and we’re just going to make players B players.

 and so, but really I’ve got a severe case of add. So I need action and excitement all the time, or I get [00:28:00] bored. So that’s part of my personality as part of my identity.  Your offensive and defensive systems.  what’s it based on in high school? You know, I think truly, I think that’s where the best coaches,  in the country are and on the high school level, Cause you may have to, when running the flex one year and the next year run a motion and the next year doing this or doing that, you may have to change.

I’m not sure at a high level program in high school, you probably don’t have to change a whole lot because you’re going to be bombarded with players.  but if you’re not, if you’re at a small school, you may have to change, you may have to play.  we played this past year at UAH. I had just taken over.

We played. I like playing man, but we couldn’t play, man. We played, we played a little man, little zone, little two, three little three, two little one, three, one little one, two, two. And we just tried [00:29:00] everything. And so,  but in high school, I think touch what you’re going to have to do.  unless you’re at an elite program where you can just run what you want to run, but I think it’s fun.

It makes it interesting. Makes it different.  but you just want to be miserable to play against. That was my whole philosophy and my whole key. Don’t be easy to play against. Don’t be predictable to play against, be different.  but that’s what makes basketball great. You, you got the Bobby Knights of the world who was going to play man and run motion.

And then you got Dave Smith and came through and started throwing multiple offices and multiple DS etch it. And now you’ve got a, I was watching the NBA the other day. And, and it, it literally almost made me sick watching the rockets play, and then I’ll watch the heat and, and,  a few other teams play that do a lot of different things.

So it’s what makes basketball great. But going back your system, probably these speed, very connected to your [00:30:00] personality, into your identity. Hope this helps things.

Mike Klinzing: [00:30:05] Lee Swanson Bunker Hill High School, Claremont, North Carolina.

Lee Swanson: [00:30:12] So the question was how do you develop your offense and the defensive of systems?

And I think from a high school perspective,  that would be a little bit different than maybe a professional obvious your college because. A lot of times in those areas, you’re gonna hire a coach and he’s going to have a system and they’re going to be able to piece together personnel or at the high school level.

 that’s not necessarily the case, unless you’re at a place where your private school and can get your, your personality a little differently. But I would say,  the better coaches are gonna count. It’s weak,  their system based on their personnel,  that may not change as much year to year for some places and other places that may change a ton based on the, the talent level and type of gear that you got.

Come with him. But as far as how we develop those things, we’re going to try to shape our skill development. So for instance, we run the dribble, [00:31:00] drafts, everything we do is kind of based off of that.  we want to do things that incorporate ball skills and shooting and where we want to take our shots. And we really want to focus that on offense.

 we try to become a more of a man demand team. So in the off season and things, we, we play man to man.  we did things that were mandatory, but even we weren’t good at them.  to begin with, if we are thinking about a little more zone,  we try to do things that are specific to us.  for instance, maybe to be more clear that we’re not going to take a bunch of 15 foot jump shots in our workouts.

Now, if we’re building somebody shots, we may move in, or we’re not looking for a bunch of 15 to 17 foot jump shots. So we try to be really specific on how we do things.  so I think,  being specifically planters, a lot of great drills out there. But they’re not going to be great drills for your team or your program, trying to tailor exactly everything you do to what you want to do in a game, I think is the key to really developing a new system.

Mike Klinzing: [00:31:55] Tyler Whitcomb, West Michigan Aviation Academy, Grand [00:32:00] Rapids, Michigan

Tyler Whitcomb: [00:32:02] The Hoop Heads Round Table question, How do you develop your team’s offensive and defensive system?  and I’m going to just go with the defensive end is we have building blocks,  as a pack line coach at one time for about,  five plus years now, more of a pressure man to man coach, but basically we’ve incorporated a bunch of three on three drills.

 and now the pressure system, we go from one on one to two on two to three and three, which are three and three drills. We have about four or five and then four on four and five on five drills just to get our team prepared to. Of what our system is. So, and we work on those drills every day,  are again, yeah.

 we usually go one-on-one to, on to in the beginning of the year, and then we usually don’t visit a less if we have to  but typically we do a lot of three and three drills,  through a three day. And then we do our foreign four drill that really,  helps our defensive system. [00:33:00] And then also w I mean, well, we really believe,  that really makes our defense different as we work on four on five disadvantage defense every day, sometimes even three and four disadvantage. And then of course we incorporate everything. Five on five,  helped us ups. This is Tyler where come from West Michigan Aviation Academy. Thanks.

Mike Klinzing: [00:33:22] Thanks for checking out this month, Hoop Heads Podcast Round Table.

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