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The Basketball Podcast


Oct 31, 2018

Luke Yaklich on Building a Defensive Culture

Guest: Luke Yaklich, University of Michigan’s Basketball Assistant Coach

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, University of Michigan assistant coach Luke Yaklich joins the podcast to discuss defense. Entering his second season with Michigan, Yaklich helped Michigan build a strong defensive mindset that resulted in a program record 33 wins, a repeat Big Ten Tournament championship, and advancing to the Final Four for the second time in six years.

The defensive approach worked as Michigan led the Big Ten in scoring defense for first time since 1964 and were eighth nationally in scoring defense at 63.3 points per game allowed. Overall, Michigan was third in Defensive Efficiency according to the KenPom ratings (90.5).

 

Breakdown:

1:00 - Introduction

2:00 - Transition to High School to College Level Coach

4:00 - His Philosophy and the X and O Standpoint

6:00 - Towards the Goal

7:00 - Flexibility, Transition and the Sharing Knowledge with Coach Beilein

9:00 - Defensive Terminology Set

11:00 - Specific Actionable Things in Practice

12:00 - Great Communicators

13:30 - Reward the Player who Speaks a Lot

16:00 - Phrase Communication Possessions

18:40 - Building a Defensive Culture

21:00 - The Goal of Defense to his Players

22:00 - "It's okay to have a Weakness on Defense..."

23:30 - Offense and Defensive Matchups

24:30 - Ways to Focus on Covering the Ball

26:00 - Guard the Ball and the Ball Screen

27:30 - 4 to 5 minutes on Players Cover the Ball better...

29:00 - Emphasizing 3 to 5 things to focus on

30:00 - Stating

32:00 - 3-Point Defense

33:00 - Lack of Help and the On-Ball Defense

35:00 - Getting to get Beat

36:00 - Goal of the Defense and the Rebounding

38:00 - Emphasizing Rebounding

41:30 - "Pursue a 2"

43:00 - Zigzag Rebounding

44:00 - Concept of Kill Spots

46:00 - Scouting Reports

48:30 - Important Things in terms of Charting on Defense

51:00 - Coach Beilein's  "The tone on the Top"

53:00 - Fight and live for Your Core Values

55:00 - Conclusion

 

Luke Yaklich’s Bio

Bio: https://mgoblue.com/staff.aspx?staff=3672

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoachYak

 

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