1–2–1–1 zone press

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In basketball, the 1–2–1–1 zone press (also called the diamond press) pressures the in-bounds passer, and attempts to trap the first pass receiver, the technique is considered a "gamble".[1]


Two variations of the technique exist; "one fist", in which the defenders immediately trap the first pass and "two fist", in which the defenders wait until the first pass receiver puts the ball on the floor and starts the dribble, and then quickly closes in and traps. In this situation, a player is waiting for the pass receiver to first commit with the dribble.[2]


Shaka Smart became one of the most well known users of this defense when put into his overall Havoc defense at his 2010–11 VCU Rams men's basketball team, which resulted in a Final Four run.[3]

See also

1–2–1–1 press in action


  1. ^ "1–2–1–1 Diamond Press – Full Court – Coaching Guide | Basketball For Coaches". www.basketballforcoaches.com. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  2. ^ Gels, Dr. James. "Basketball Defense – 1–2–1–1 Diamond Zone Press, Coach's Clipboard Basketball Coaching and Playbook". Coach's Clipboard Basketball Coaching. Archived from the original on 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  3. ^ "What the heck is Havoc? Meet Shaka Smart's press". 3 April 2015.

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