VCU Havoc Defense

VCU Havoc Defense

By VCU Assistant Coach Will Wade I’m extremely excited to bring to you the vaunted VCU Havoc Defense  brought to by VCU assistant coach Will Wade (Editors Note: Coach Wade was hired on May 13th to become the new head coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga).  VCU is coming off their 3rd straight 27+ win season and is just two years removed from their final four run in 2011.  VCU has become notorious for their signature havoc defense known for its aggressive attacking nature that forced an NCAA best 20 turnovers a game last season.  Coach Wade has provided us with some of great information about the VCU havoc defense.  Enjoy! Here’s a video to give you an introduction to the havoc defense implemented by VCU.

What are we trying to get out of the press?

  • Turnovers (Live Ball)
  • Quick / Bad Shots
  • Create Offensive Opportunities
  • Force Tempo / Disrupt Offensive Flow
  • Difficult to prepare for
  • Make opposing players do things they aren’t comfortable doing
  • Create Fatigue (Cumulative Effect) – Who gets tired 1st? / Who recovers quickest?
  • Make depth a factor (Who’s 6-10 is better?)
  • Exciting Style of Play (Players / Fans)
  • Identity / Brand

What should you emphasize as a pressing team?

  • Energy (5 guys flying around)
    • “Talking makes you quicker”
    • “Fouling negates hustle”
  • Communication
  • Getting into the press quickly
  • Deflections
  • Trapping Fundamentals (When, Who, How)
    • When to trap? (Good trap vs. Bad trap)
      • Consider ballhandler’s level of control
      • Element of surprise
      • Location on the court
    • Who to trap?
      • “One man trap”
    • How to trap?
      • Elasticity
    • Off the ball
      • Think like a trapper

Other points of emphasis for pressing teams

  • Taking away the obvious pass
  • Pressuring the ball (esp MtoM)
  • Stunting
  • Back Pressure
  • Outnumbered Situations
    • 2 vs. 1
  • “Fix It” Situations
  • Defending Multiple Positions
    • Front of Press
    • Back of Press

Diamond Press

  • Madman = On ball, Beat passer to the ball, Be Active, Angle yourself with the backboard
  • 3 Man = 1st player to left of 4, Inside Shoulder / Even – don’t deny the ball inbounds, No sideline
  • 2 Man = 1st player to Right of 4, FT line to close down (No Sideline), Interceptor High
  • 1 Man = Get back, Match up with next guy over top on the ball side, interceptor sideline
  • 5 man = deep as the deepest to ½ court, 2 on 1 guy, Protect the rim – Nothing Easy

 Diamond Teaching Points

  • Cannot get beat sideline
  • Control the dribble / corral
  • Active traps and rotations – deflect pass back to 4 man
  • Communicate = 2/3, 4/5 can switch based of offensive positioning
  • Throwback to 4 = Stunt and Retreat, Get ready to come again
  • Stay in it until a deep, penetrating pass
    • Back Tips, Back Pressure, Weakside Sprint to Rim
  • Talk, Match Up, Fix It

Diamond Press

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Double Fist

  • Match Up and Communicate Immediately – 4/5, 2/3, 1
  • Mad Man Influence to Ball Side
  • Inside Shoulder / Arrive on the Catch
  • 1/3rd the distance = Stunt
  • Force in the Ally / Stunt – Shrink the floor
  • 3 Stride rule – trap the turn and up
  • Clearout = FA at top of the key = trap turn / corral dribble

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Trapping

  • No Splits / No Fouls
  • Be physical with your lower body
  • Obvious pass = Eyes and Shoulders / Be Elastic
  • Penetrating Pass = 1st 3 steps, Sprint Back and Fix It

Side Diamond

  • Turn Diamond on the Sideline
  • 1 trap and sprint out
    • Midline and back or short pass up court
  • Keep the ball out of the middle
  • Closer to frontcourt = protect the middle even more
  • Madman = On ball, angle more as you are in the backcourt, trap 1st pass if within 3 strides
  • 2 man = backcourt guy, face ball, take away the inbounder
  • 3 man = front court, face ball, make sure no one is behind him
  • 1 man = rover, free safety who faces down the ball, match up deep as deepest if behind him
  • 5 man = enforcer, covers the basket, comes up with back guy if he flashes

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Practicing the press

  • Circle Trap
    • Trapping Fundamentals, Interceptors Reads
  • Trap Transition
    • Back Tips, Back Pressure, Talk & Fix It
  • Triangle Fast Break
    • Back Tips, Back Pressure, Talk & Fix It
  • 444
    • Get into press quickly, Conditioning

Circle Trap – Trapping Fundamentals, Interceptor Reads

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Trap Transition – Back Tips, Back Pressure, Talk & Fix I

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Triangle Fast Break – Back Tips, Back Pressure, Talk & Fix It

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444 – Get into press quickly, conditioning

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Half court defensive drills

  • Ironman Drill
    • Charge (3 per game), Loose Ball, Save it going out of bounds (specific spot?)
  • Brockport Drill
    • Charge, rotation, playing out of a scramble situation
  • Butler Transition Drill
    • Outnumbered in transition, hold fort for 7 seconds
  • Ballscreen Scramble Drill
    • Show and Go, Stunts, Scramble

Ironman

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Brockport

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Butler Transition

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Ballscreen Scramble

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