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The Prospect Post: The Freshman Defense

Fred Katz

Fred Katz

Fred Katz averaged almost one point per game in 5th grade, but he maintains that his per 36 minutes numbers were astonishing. Find more of his work at or on ESPN's TrueHoop Network. Follow him on Twitter at @FredKatz.

With just under 10 minutes left in the first half of Tuesday's game, Kansas center Joel Embiid had the ball, single teamed on the left block.

Duke's Jabari Parker rotated over to double, but it was a marshmallow double team, one that's as soft as they come. Parker didn't trap. He didn't close in or close out on Embiid. Instead, he came in lackadaisically with two hands raised as if he were just strolling by for an awkward stop-and-chat to whisper, "Hello" and then continue his stroll.

When a defender comes over for a double like that, it has to be a hard double. Otherwise, you're basically freeing up the paint with the defender, who is supposed to be doubling, guarding no one. That's what happened to Parker when he drifted off Embiid after about a half a second of faux double teaming. With his hands by his side, he shaded back toward the paint, but didn't retreat far enough. He didn't commit to t

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