The “3 To The Ball” (Meeting of 3) defensive concept applies to off ball screen (pindown) defense in a man to man setting. In this “3 To The Ball” concept, the player that is lock and trail (chasing) the player that is coming off the screen counts as one, the screener’s defender who is showing on the flight of the ball (Very Important) counts as two, and the on ball defender jumping to the ball counts as three.
In this short video edit you will see the University of Virginia do a great job of getting “3 To The Ball” and disrupting the screenee’s catch and shoot or the screenee’s catch and drive. Notice the hands of the lock and trail defender, the timing of the screener’s defender when showing, and the jump to the ball of the on ball defender who is now jumping into the gap.
All three of these players must work/communicate effectively together while moving and at the same time to properly execute this concept. The lock and trail defender must have active hands to discourage passing options and also discourage a quick shot, the show defender must also have active hands to discourage passing options and ready to contest a shot while not showing too early because that could give up the slip. Finally the on ball defender must give a hard swipe and get his hands ready to plug the gap on the drive.
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