Defensive Foul before the ball is inbounded, defender grabs offensive player’s jersey

This is an example of a defensive foul, occurring before the ball is inbounded by the offensive team. If a defensive player commits a foul before the ball is inbounded at any point of the game, other than the last 2 minutes of a quarter or overtime period, the penalty is 2 free throws for the offended player. If the foul occurs before the ball is inbounded in the last two minutes of a quarter or overtime period, it is to be ruled an “away from the play” foul, and any player in the game on the offended team may attempt one free throw. The highlighted defensive player on this play reaches out and grabs the jersey of the offensive cutter, impeding the cutter’s progress and affecting his freedom of movement. Because the foul occurred PRIOR to the throw-in, the offended team would be awarded two foul shots.