Drag 2 to the 3 – where to go next?

On a Drag 2 drive with a pass to the 3, the question has been asked where the 1 should go after the pass, if you want to take advantage of the post.

Wallberg has the 1 go to the 3-corner after the pass, as shown here.

The question posed is if it wouldn’t be better if the 1 goes opposite, as to not clog up the middle with his defender?

I think that solution poses several problems, as I’ll explain below.


Firstly, if we put the defenders onto the diagram with the 1 going to the 2 corner, there are now two defenders in the key playing weak-side defense.

If the ball is passed to 5 any one of D1, D2 and D4 can double team 5, and still leave two defenders to zone the weak side in case of a skip out from the post or dives to the basket.

To me that’s not a very advantageous situation for the 5 to score from.

In case 3 can’t make the pass to 5 (say, D% fronts and D1 takes away the lob), there are now really no penetration lanes either, as the key is full of defenders.

To me this option isn’t very good, so let’s take a look at the option of 1 going to the 3-corner.

The first option in this situation is that D1 gets caught traffic and takes the immediate pass to 5 away. This however leaves 1 open in the corner.

If you hit 1 for a corner three, I’m sure D1 will sprint out to the corner next time, leaving the pass to 5 more open.



Something I think was probably over-looked in the Walberg coaching DVD (but is included in the drills DVD and the drills papers I’ve got) is the pull-back dribble, which Calipari also uses in his DVD’s.

The pull-back and pass to the corner in this situation is a great option.

Firstly the pull-back dribble might make D5 take just a little step deeper into the key, allowing 5 better position.

It also allows 1 time to get to the corner, and as the dribble takes place D1 will naturally assume that he needs to get to 1, giving space for 5.

If the immediate pass to 5 isn’t open 1 should be open, and he should now look to 5.

If the ball does go into 5 the help side defense is in a much worse situation than with the 1 in the 2-corner.

The action should be 4 diving to the rim, and 2 dragging up to the open window.

The immediate help on the post is D2, and he has to make a choice – does he help in the post or does he give up the open 3?

After finishing his cut 4 is also very open for the skip.

To me this is just better balanced if 5 gets the ball.

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1 Response to Drag 2 to the 3 – where to go next?

  1. TL says:

    Maybe I missed this in the book, I’ll keep looking but can you answer this for me. Say the #1 man drives to the rack and passes to ballside corner #2. #2 dribbles to the lane thru the middle. Where should #1 cut? #2’s corner or backside corner like he does if he throws the pass to #4 or #3 dragging?

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