Dean Smith's Scramble Defense is a defensive weapon that changes tempo, forces turnovers and was a major factor in Dean Smith's success at UNC over the years. The main benefit of the scramble is that it forces the opponent out of their regular man-to-man offense. A prerequisite for employing the scramble defense is a solid, pressure man-to-man attack. Everything comes as a result of players understanding basic man-to-man pressure.
Coach Smith begins with the 30 series - the run and jump attack that UNC has used successfully for decades. This is particularly effective after timeouts when the surprise factor is in the defense's favor. The 40 series is ignited after the first pass to either side of the floor. All players rotate to different positions and jam passing lanes for the errant pass. Both the 30 and 40 series can also be used all over the floor. Out-of-bounds situations, free throw situations, and defending the fast break are all covered by Smith. More than 50 vintage UNC game clips put the 30 and 40 series in action. Also, Smith takes to the floor in a classic, one-of-a-kind, on-the-floor clinic to demonstrate both defensive systems.
The scramble defense has become a defensive standard in basketball across the globe, and now Coach Smith breaks down this time honored trapping defense step-by-step, which will allow you to easily implement it into your program!
123 minutes. 2007.
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