On a pass from coach to attacker 1, defender 2 closes out from a gap position, forces middle or baseline or plays straight up as coach requires, optionally mirrors any ball movement or reacts to foot fakes (e.g., pop off).
- coach drives and kicks to 1, 2 helps and closes out
- 1 passes back to coach, 2 sprints back to a gap position, closes out on another pass to 1.
Ben Jacobson - closing out from a gap position on a pass from the top to the wing, use a proper angle of approach, get underneath the ball (first step toward the baseline), then approach head on.
Jim Boone - 2's first step is baseline, a straight closeout provides a baseline drive.
Stuart Manwaring - on a closeout you must recover to the line between the ball and the basket and ahead of the ball, so you can stop a layup then move forward as needed to stop an outside shot. If you try to move toward the dribbler, he will explode past or you will be forced to foul.