The West Virginia Mountaineers (28-9) are known for their Full Court Press and Trapping Defense. It’s their identity, and their relentless pressure causes havoc for the opposing offenses. The Mountaineers lead the country in turnovers forced with 20.1 per game. Bob Huggins has spent the last three years turning West Virginia into Press Virginia. They are known for this full court trap defense and have used it with outstanding effectiveness. This season, they lead number one in turnover rate and number three in steals.
Who is Bob Huggins?
Bob Huggins made his name at the University of Cincinnati and led them to the Final Four with Nick Van Exel. He had 399 of his 813 career victories there. The last ten season under Bob Huggins, West Virginia has made the NCAA Tournament eight times, three sweet sixteen appearances, and one Final Four. Press Virginia has had seven 20-plus win seasons and finished second in the Big 12 for the last two years in a row.
About Press Virginia’s Full Court Defense
This pressure defense is modeled after the Run and Stun that Ex-Cleveland State coach Kevin Mackey used to take his Vikings to the sweet sixteen in 1986. It uses a ten or more players to wear down their opponents and keep their team fresh. This Full Court Pressure Defense has been one of the best over the last three years of college basketball.
-To cause TO’s and leading to easier baskets
-To wear your opponents down
-To play more players on your roster
-To break opponents’ rhythm
-To eat clock on defense- shortening the time for the offense to get a good shot
These are just some of the reasons you should employ a press defense.
This book examines a variety of press defenses employed by some of the press defenses being used today. In this playbook, you will get breakdowns and drills from:
Shaka Smart- VCU and “HAVOC basketball.”
Mike White- Florida
Rick Pitino- Louisville
Jay Wright- Villanova
Scott Drew- Baylor
Mike Anderson- Arkansas and “Fastest 40” (derived from his mentor Nolan Richardson and “40 Minutes of Hell”)
Bob Huggins- West Virginia and “Press Virginia.”
Whether you want to employ a fast-paced, high-pressure defense or a slower paced, softer press- this playbook will give you the techniques drawn from these coaches
To help you become an efficient 94-foot pressing team.
In this book, there are over 122 pages of press breakdown and drills that will give every coach an excellent reference to draw from while working on the press defense.