July 18

5 Dribble Drop Step Finish Drill

The goal as a post player is to get as deep of position as possible when posting up. However, this does not always happen and sometimes the post player must be able to put the ball on the ground and take a couple dribbles to get better positioning before looking to finish.

This post drill is going to work on ball handling in the post by over exaggerating the dribble action, and then it is going to allow the post player to make a finish move towards the basket. It is a great drill to use in post workouts or practice when guards and posts split up for skill development work.

 

 

 

Drill Name: 5 Dribble Drop Step Finish Drill

Similar Drills: Drop Step Gather Finish DrillFlorida Gators Jump Hook Post SeriesPost Position Hook Shot Finish Drill

Drill Goal: Work on handling the ball in the post and then finishing.

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball, dummy defender, and pad.

Tips: Stay in an athletic stance the whole time and keep your eyes up seeing the floor when you are handling the ball. Make an aggressive and explosive move on the finish. You can change the finish to whatever move you want to work on.

Directions: The post player is going to start slightly off of the left block with the basketball and the post defender with the pad will be behind them. In an athletic stance, the player will take 5 pound dribbles with their right hand and then take a step to back down the post defender. The player will repeat this same action 3 total times. On the 3rd time the player will attack to the middle for a jump hook. If the player misses the hook shot they will immediately jump back up and tip the ball in until it is made.

Get the rebound and reset, or allow the next player in line to go. Switch sides after completing the desired amount of repetitions.

 

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July 18

8 Keys to Post Player Development

This article was written by University of West Florida Assistant Coach Brian Benator.

 

While the game has changed and evolved over the years to become more spread out offensively, I am a firm believer in having a strong inside presence that can take pressure off outside shooters. Having a low post scoring threat is key to a balanced offensive attack. Here are some key concepts that I think are paramount in post player development.

Run, Run, and Run

More and more teams want to play an up-tempo style, so it is important to be in great shape and be a good runner. Whether you are a longer 6’8” and 215 pounds or a bulkier 6’5” and 240 pounds, you need to be able to run the floor. Most of the time you will be a rim runner, but sometimes you could be filling a lane or running to the trail spot.

Especially on a missed shot, your guards are going to want to push the ball so you need to be able to keep pace. Being a great runner should be able to get you anywhere from three to four baskets per game. Think about that for a second. That is anywhere from six to eight points or more just by running hard. That can go a long way in close games.

 

Keep It Simple

It would be nice to have a Kevin Garnett or Hakeem Olajuwon where you are blessed with a variety of low post moves. It takes those guys hours and hours of gym time to do that. For our players, I like to keep it relatively simple —at least initially. I want them to master two or three moves and become nearly unguardable while using those moves.

Every day during our individual workouts and breakdown segments during practice, we focus on three moves. We work on these from both sides of the floor so we cannot be scouted easily.

Middle Jump Hook: We work on this with and without a dribble.

Counter: I don’t specify what their counter can be. It might be a drop step. It might be an up-and-under. Once we start our workouts, we will try a couple of them out and let the player decide what he is most comfortable doing. Once he figures that out, we stick with that counter and work to master it.

Turn and Face Jumper: We work on both reverse pivots and front pivots. We’ll also add a jab step to help create additional space.

 

Expand Your Range

In today’s game, it is crucial that forwards are more than just a low block scorer. While having an efficient low post scorer is always a great part of your offense, if you can make perimeter shots and become more versatile, now you have something very potent.

Now with that said, I do not mean that they must shoot 40% from the 3-point line. We work every day with our forwards on 15-18 foot jumpers. Primarily, we work from the short corners and the elbows.

Those are the areas from which we feel our forwards get a lot of touches and have opportunities to shoot. We will also work with our forwards on the trail 3-pointer. Again, it is not a shot that we expect them to make at a high clip, but we want them to have it in their game when the opportunity presents itself.

 

Rebound

This one skill will translate no matter what level you play. Some of the best rebounders in the NBA are not great scorers, but they carve out terrific careers because they are relentless on the glass. One of Pensacola’s own, Reggie Evans, played 13 years in the league and never averaged more than 5.9 points per game. However, he made a long career out of being a great rebounder.

Rebounding comes down to positioning and most importantly, your heart and effort. One of my favorite drills we do with our forwards is the “2nd Effort Drill”. This is for offensive rebounding, which again can steal you two to four baskets per game.

I will have a ball at the free throw line. Our forwards will start at the elbow. I will shoot off the rim and they must chase the ball off the glass while one or two managers hits them with a pad at the basket. Once they get the ball off the glass, there are 5 finishes they must make.

  • Score – Catch go right back up with the ball.
  • Shot Fake and Score – Catch, strong shot fake with your eyes at the rim, and finish.
  • Power Dribble and Reverse – Catch, use a low and strong power dribble to get you to the other side of the rim, and finish.
  • 180 – As you run for the rebound, once you jump to catch the ball, you angle your body to where when you make the catch; your back is now facing the sideline towards the middle of the floor. Once you come down gather the ball, use your inside foot as your pivot, and step to the rim and score.
  • 360 – Like the 180 finish, as you jump to catch the ball, you are imagining as if you got pushed off your spot by the opponent. When you catch the ball, you are almost facing the opposite basket. Now establishing your outside foot as your pivot, you turn towards the rim with a shot fake, then step through to a finish. This is the move that our players take a little time figuring out.

I always seem to catch our players scoring a bucket or two per game where they have gotten an offensive rebound and used one of the “2nd Effort Drill” finishes.

 

Footwork

Having great footwork can really impact your positioning and how your score around the basket. Again, we start slow with our footwork drills and keep them simple. We do a lot of jumping rope and ladder drills throughout our pre-season workouts and during the course of our practices.

One of the best centers in NBA history, Hakeem Olajuwon, had arguably the best footwork in basketball. There is a terrific video that we show our forwards during the spring and summer months that shows a number of drills that can help your footwork in the low post. Here is the link to the video – Attention to Detail: Hakeem Olajuwon

 

Repetition

I would rather work on a few drills and concepts repeatedly, than teach many different moves a few times here and a few times there. We work on the same low-post moves and perimeter shooting drills EVERYDAY.

Yes, sometimes a player may get a little discouraged or bored with doing the same things, but that is what makes the great players great. They master their craft to the point where it becomes unguardable. That’s what we strive for with our forwards.

 

Don’t Forget The Basics

It is so important to not forget about basic skills that all players, both guards and forwards, need to have. For example, you can have a deep seal and have great position to score the ball, but if you can’t catch it, then you lose that opportunity.

You may have snatched a tough rebound and need to outlet or even use a dribble bust out to start your fast break, but if you cannot pass or dribble then you might lose that opportunity. We work on dribbling, passing, and catching every day with our forwards.

It is so important to be able to have those basic basketball skills. No matter what position you play, you must be able to dribble, pass, and catch.

 

Ball Screens

Playing off ball screens is all the rage in today’s game. If you watch the NBA and college basketball, so many teams are using ball screens. We work on playing out of ball screens every day. Along with the rest of the things we teach, we keep it relatively simple.

We use a lot of sprint screens in our offense, so anytime we do ball screen work in our breakdown drills, we use a sprint screen. We work mainly on four moves out of the pick and roll.

  • Sprint screen, roll to the rim, finish.
  • Sprint screen, roll to the rim, secondary move – we usually simulate this with a manager acting as weak side help, forcing our forward to catch, use a dribble to make a secondary move and score.
  • Sprint screen, pop to short corner, jumper.
  • Sprint screen, pop to shorter corner, shot fake and drive the rim – we use a manager to simulate weak side help to make the drill more realistic.

Like our low post moves, we work on these from both sides of the floor.

 

Conclusion

I hope you could pick something up that will help you as a coach and help your team. Our practices and workouts are always open so we would love to have you stop by if you are in the area. My contact info is bbenator@uwf.edu, so please feel free to reach out.

 

Brian Benator
University of West Florida Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

Brian Benator has been a part of the University of West Florida basketball program as an assistant coach since 2015. Coach Benator has also spent time at Young Harris, Fishburne Military School, UT Chattanooga, North Georgia College, and State University.

 

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July 12

Taking your Shooting to the Next Level

This article was written by University of Southern California Assistant Coach Chris Capko. 

 

As a player you should be watching the game of basketball. Whether it is your level, conference, a level up, or a level down, you should be paying attention to how the game is being played. Each level or league generally has its own style and brand of basketball. Some leagues are more physical, while some are more fast paced. Some leagues you need to be big in and some you can get away with being a little smaller.

One thing that has become more apparent at any level to win in today’s basketball is the ability to shoot. No matter the position, you become more valuable in today’s game if you can help spread the floor by shooting the basketball. Even if you aren’t deficient as a shooter and it is one of your strength’s, you can always be developing and improving. Regardless of whether it is the off season or in season, you need to make time on a regular basis for improving your shot.

 

5 Shooting Concepts

The best shooters in the game have mastered the details of shooting by first spending the time learning the correct shooting techniques, and then putting countless hours into turning them into muscle memory. Here are five concepts that I use with my players at USC to help take their shooting to the next level.

The “L” Drill: Regardless of the shooter, everyday starts out with “L” Drill shooting. All we do in this drill is accentuate what I call the “L” in someone’s shot. This is a one handed shooting drill in which we want to emphasis follow through and arc. I may have our players make anywhere from 100-150 shots right around the basket. This is repeated EVERYDAY.

Guide Hand: The next thing I will generally do is bring the second hand or “guide” hand into the shot. Again, we will do this from a close distance to ensure the technique is perfect. I make them hold their form up through the result of the shot. They will make anywhere from 50-100 makes at about 1 step further than “L” shooting.

Footwork: We will then begin to get our footwork into the shot. We still are going to stay inside the paint and make sure the top part of their shot is correct. I teach a 1,2 step into every player’s shot. To me this helps give the player a plan into each shot, as opposed to guessing.

Also, I believe it is an easy transition into a player’s triple threat moves. When doing this you want to ensure that the player is jumping straight up and down and his/her momentum is taking them to the basket. Do not let your players start walking backwards or fade. The principles that you teach for the top part of your shot should still remain intact.

Consistent Repetition: Now, regardless of the level of the shooter, I will still go to about 15 feet and shoot at about 5-7 different spot on the floor. I like to give each player a goal at each spot. For instance, if a player is very good from 15 feet, the goal is not to miss two shots in a row.

If he/she misses two in a row, the drill starts over. They must make 10 shots without missing two in a row, after the completion of 10 makes from one spot, I like to go right into consecutive shooting and see how many in a row they can complete.

Drills like this force your players to really focus on the mechanics you have worked on before you got to 15 feet and the competitor in them generally comes out. If they miss two-in-a-row you will usually see them get mad and really lock in. To end the drill if they make 10-in-a-row, you will see them want to now make eleven and so on. I will do the same out to the 3-point-line and off the dribble as well.

Contested Shots: With better shooters, I will make them make shots with a hand in their face, yet maintain the same discipline as if they were five feet away. This isn’t teaching them to take bad shots in a game, but instead to be able to make shots when the clock is running down or if there is a slightly late closeout and just enough time to get a shot off over the defender’s hand.

 

Conclusion

As coaches, develop your own shot philosophy and try to hold each kid accountable to replicate it. Shooting is extremely important at all levels and if a player wants to keep progressing it is imperative that they become a better shooter as they continue in their playing career.

It is key that you as the coach are spending time really helping your players lock in on the correct shooting mechanics so that they are practicing great shooting habits when they shoot. You don’t want your players reinforcing bad shooting habits that they may have.

 

Chris Capko
University of Southern California Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

Chris Capko was named an assistant coach for the Trojans in 2016. He has also been an assistant coach at Georgia Southern University and Stetson University. Along with coaching, Chris Capko also played at the Division 1 level for the University of Southern Florida.

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June 14

Walking Double Behind the Back Dribbling Drill

One of the biggest parts of being a great ball handler is being able to change up your speeds and keep the defender off balance. If you are consistently playing at one speed, you become predictable and easy for the defender to guard.

This ball handling drill is going to work on the double behind the back combo move, but it is really going to emphasize being able to pause, and then make a really explosive move. Once you can really start figuring out change of pace as a ball handler, you become exponentially harder to guard off of the dribble.

 

 

Drill Name: Walking Double Behind the Back Dribbling Drill

Similar Drills: Walking Between the Legs Crossover Dribbling Drill

Drill Goal: Work on selling the between the legs behind the back move and really changing up speeds.

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball.

Tips: Stay low in a low athletic stance the whole time. Don’t be a robot with your movements, really look to pause, sell your move, and change up speeds as you go through the drill. Keep your eyes up as you do the drill and also use your eyes to sell the move.

Directions: The player is going to start on the baseline with a basketball. The player will take a stationary dribble (the only one during the drill), pause, and then make an explosive double behind the back combo move leading themselves forward with the move. Without taking any stationary dribbles in between, the player is going to pause again and then execute the same move. Continue this pattern all the way to the free throw line and then retreat dribble back to the baseline. Repeat the same action, but this time starting with your other hand.

 

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June 14

Walking Double Between the Legs Dribbling Drill

As a ball handler, if you are really able to; pause your defender, read them, and then make an explosive move, you become so much harder to guard. A lot of the times though ball handlers get caught playing too fast at one consistent speed. The reason Kyrie Irving is such a hard player to guard, is because of his ability to stop and go at anytime he chooses.

This ball handling drill is going really focus on having the player change up speeds and from slow to fast as they are getting ready to set up a move. The move that this drill is working on is the double between the legs combo move, but it is really focusing on these other areas as well.

 

 

Drill Name: Walking Double Between the Legs Dribbling Drill

Similar Drills: Walking Between the Legs Crossover Dribbling Drill

Drill Goal: Work on selling the between the legs behind the back move and really changing up speeds.

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball.

Tips: Stay low in a low athletic stance the whole time. Don’t be a robot with your movements, really look to pause, sell your move, and change up speeds as you go through the drill. Keep your eyes up as you do the drill and also use your eyes to sell the move.

Directions: The player is going to start on the baseline with a basketball. The player will take a stationary dribble (the only one during the drill), pause, and then make an explosive double between the legs combo move leading themselves forward with the move. Without taking any stationary dribbles in between, the player is going to pause again and then execute the same move. Continue this pattern all the way to the free throw line and then retreat dribble back to the baseline. Repeat the same action, but this time starting with your other hand.

 

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June 14

Removing Excuses

This article was written by Basketball HQ co-founder Kyle Ohman

 

One of the easiest (and unfortunately one of the most common) ways to avoid potential situations where you might experience failure is to come up with excuses. It is natural as humans to use excuses to help us justify why we won’t be able to accomplish something. In life excuses come in all forms. With basketball though, they are pretty much narrowed down to; too short, not quick enough, not strong enough, not fast enough, low basketball IQ, etc.

Players are constantly being evaluated from a young age and are critiqued based on what they are perceived to be able to do or not able to do. Players allow themselves to be put into boxes created by other people’s criticisms, and even worse, they begin to place those same criticisms on themselves! Players become their own biggest doubter based on what other people are saying about them. A player’s limits are now being created by their own mind, and instead of figuring out a way to overcome them, they are using them as an excuse for failure.

Too many players (and people in general) allow different limitations to determine so much about them. Instead of working and overcoming being a little bit shorter, not as highly recruited, not built like the next LeBron James, etc. They allow these perceived limitations to define them and determine what they are capable of.

The goal of this article is to get you out of this type of fixed mindset and negative approach to your game and life as a whole. If you are able to have confidence in yourself and are willing to back it up with your best effort and hard work everyday there is no telling what you are capable of.

 

 

Personal Experience

One of the reasons I am so passionate about this topic is because of my playing history. To make a long story short, I went from not receiving a single college scholarship offer (from any level), to walking on at a division 1 school, earning a scholarship, scoring over a thousand points in my college career, being one of the best shooters in the country, and playing professionally in Europe.

If I would’ve listened to the limitations that others placed on me, I would’ve never even given myself the opportunity to have a chance at all of those things. One thought in my mind of, “I didn’t get any offers I guess I am not good enough to play” could’ve changed my entire life plan.

Not every player’s story ends up like mine, but if you allow yourself to come up with excuses, you will never even get the chance to prove what you are capable of.

 

The second reason I am so passionate about this topic is because I have seen way too many players in my coaching and training career that have allowed themselves to be limited by excuses. They allowed themselves believe that it couldn’t be done for one reason or another, and because they bought into this idea, it became true.

I look at similarly skilled players all the time. One player has the mindset to do whatever it takes, and the other has the mindset of limiting themselves with excuses, and the difference between the two similarly skilled players is night and day. You must have the mindset of anything being possible if you want a chance to do something great.

 

When the Rubber Meets the Road

At this point in the article I am hoping that I did my job and have you fully believing that you can overcome any perceived limitation that you may have, and that you are willing to run through a wall if need be. However, that is just the first part of the equation. Your mindset is a huge part of getting rid of excuses and it is definitely the first step, but without also following it up with action it doesn’t do much good.

I have always heard the saying, “when the rubber meets the road” and I thought this is the perfect time to use it. I looked up the meaning of the phrase because I wanted to use the exact definition and I really liked what it said. Here is what I found, “When something is about to begin, get serious, or be put to the test.” I thought that was absolutely perfect.

Believing in yourself is great, but if you are not willing to put the work in and; begin, get serious, and put yourself to the test, it really is for nothing. It wasn’t enough for me to believe that I was good enough to play in college, I had to work everyday and prove to people that I was good enough.

As a player you may find yourself in a similar situation with playing in high school, college, or professionally. It is up to you to prove what you are capable of. It doesn’t matter what others are saying about what you are able to do, it is up to you to work and show what you are able to do.

You don’t need to talk and complain about other people, just put in the work and there will be no doubt about what you are capable of.

 

 

 

Why Not You?

There are so many different stories of players that were doubted in college or overlooked coming into the NBA, but they believed in themselves, put in the work, and then proved that they belonged. From players like Steve Nash, who only received one scholarship offer and then went on to be a two time NBA MVP, or more recently, Stephen Curry who was told he was too small and slow to play, but is now a two time MVP and has two rings.

The list goes on and on, and the natural tendency is to see them as inspirational stories, but not really believe that you could do the same thing. Don’t fall into that trap! There is no reason why you as a player can’t be one of those exact same stories. It may not happen right away, and you may end up having a story like San Antonio Spurs Jonathan Simmons who took years to finally break into the NBA.

Not everyone’s journey is the same, so don’t give up on yours just because it looks different than everyone else’s. So I want you to ask yourself this question, Why Not Me? Ask yourself that question everyday and use it for motivation. Why can’t you be one of the player’s that has a story like Steve Nash, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Isaiah Thomas, or one of the other players that everyone said wouldn’t make it? WHY NOT YOU?

 

Conclusion

After reading this article you may be feeling invincible and that nothing can stop you from accomplishing your goals, and that is great! However, the reality is that you may fail and you may not make it, but wouldn’t you rather give everything that you have and know that you gave your best? I know that I would!

I cannot guarantee that if you believe in yourself and work your absolute hardest that you will accomplish everything you want, no one can. I can guarantee though that if you do not do those things you will never even get the chance.

 

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June 13

Made in the Offseason

This article was written by SUNY Canton Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ben Thompson

 

As coaches, we are constantly preaching to our team that players are “made in the offseason”. We say this because it is true, but also as motivation to inspire our student-athletes to grind and work harder at improving their game. I have used this comment several times with my guys and truly believe that it rings true with them.

However, as coaches, we are “made in the offseason” as well. What do you use your offseason for? We expect our student-athletes to put in the extra hours and early morning times in the gym or weight room; but, how much extra effort do we put in during the offseason to work on our craft?

 

Depending on your level, you might be able to work with your team some in the offseason. This is a great thing, but how many of us also work on ourselves. The offseason is a time for you to invest in yourself and improve as a coach.

There are many forms of this, but self-evaluating how you performed this past season, as well as your staff, is crucial. Going back to watch film on games, practices, workouts; whatever it is and helps you, how much time do you spend trying to evaluate your own performance?

 

This is a great time to review practice plans, does your practice flow, where would you tweak some things, do you need a complete overhaul? Do you reach out to boosters, alumni, parents? Getting with your own administration, picking their brains on things they see, areas you could improve.

Ask questions of those around you and those you trust; asking coaches that you play against or that have seen you play, but have a great rapport with or friendship with can be helpful as well. Meet with people in the community, run camps, do things that will get you more involved in your area.

 

Invest in yourself and your own growth. Find clinics, roundtable discussions, and forums to attend to get different perspectives and give your own perspectives. Sometimes explaining things you do to other peers/coaches and what you believe in, helps remind and refresh yourself of why you do what you do.

Networking is another key thing in the offseason; this can be done in many ways, but meet different coaches, meet with other administrators, meet others on your own campus that you do not know.

 

Lastly, do not forget to take some down time. Do not use the ENTIRE offseason as down time, but take some time with family/friends and refresh. Work on your health and your fitness; sometimes during the grind of the season, we lose sight of our own well-being and our health.

Make sure you get back to your work/life balance. Take some trips, have some staycations, refill your tank, but then get back to work. We cannot tell our players that they are “made in the offseason” if do not rebuild and re-tweak ourselves in the offseason as well.

 

 

Ben Thompson
SUNY Canton Head Men’s Basketball Coach

“In his first season as a head coach, Thompson led the SUNY Canton Men’s Basketball team to a 20-9 record. They also won the first conference championship in NCAA program history and competed in the first ever NCAA sponsored post-season tournament in program history with a win in the ECAC tournament. It was the first NCAA sponsored post-season win for any sport in SUNY Canton history.”

 

 

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June 11

Box Drill Jab and Go

Having an arsenal of basketball moves makes you hard to guard and unpredictable to the defense. It is important to have counters to all of your moves, because if the defense takes away one move or is over playing you, then you need to exploit that and make them pay. The box drill is great for making you very hard to guard in the mid post and on the wing out of the triple threat position. This basketball drill is going to work on selling the jab step and then going opposite.

 

 

Drill Name: Box Drill Jab and Go

Similar Drills: Box Drill Jab Step Shot, Box Drill Face Up ShotBox Drill Shot Fake Drive

Drill Goal: Work on your foot work and be able to make a move with either foot being your pivot foot, as well as be able to pivot forward and backwards.

Equipment Needed: 1 Basketball.

Tips: Really sell your move and imagine the defender in front of you. Don’t waste any movement and really push the ball out in front of you when you make your move to the basket.

Directions: Start on the right block with the basketball in your hands. Spin the ball out to the elbow and then run out jump stop and grab it with both hands. You are going to use 1 of 4 pivot moves at the elbow. The moves are left foot reverse/forward pivot and right foot reverse/forward pivot. Make your pivot move and square up to the basket. Jab at the imaginary defender and then drive hard to the basket for any finish that you want. Get your rebound and then go to the opposite block and repeat the same move. You are going to do a total of 8 moves, 1 type of pivot move on each lane line. Change up your finish each time.

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June 11

Fake Hand Off Shooting Drill

Being able to read the defense and make them pay for cheating a play can add so much value to an offense. So it is important that you take time to work on teaching different situations that a player can make a defense pay for cheating. This drill is going to work on a hand off action where the defense gets out of position by trying to anticipate the hand off too early. It is going to allow the post player to get lots of repetitions at selling the hand off and then making an explosive move to the basket for the finish.

Great basketball drills keep all of the players involved as much as possible, so this drill is also going to have a shooting action for the guard after they come off of the fake hand off. It is a great drill that you can use with your team or with a small group.

 

 

Drill Name: Fake Hand Off Shooting Drill

Similar Drills: Game Situation Post Flash Quick Attack DrillGame Situation Hand Off Shooting DrillGame Situation Fake Hand Off Backdoor Finish Drill

Drill Goal: Work on selling the hand off action and then keeping it for the finish. Also, the player coming off of the hand off action is going to get a shot as well.

Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs, 2 players, and a partner.

Tips: Really sell the hand off, try to hide the ball to keep the defense from seeing what you are doing. Push the ball out on the dribble to the basket and be explosive with the move. The guard coming off of the hand off needs to set their imaginary defender up before coming off, must take a great angle; the same goes for using the down screen.

Directions: The guard is going to start on the left wing with the ball and the post player is going to be on the right block. There is also going to be a passer at the top of the key with a ball and a chair on the opposite elbow. When the drill starts, the post player is going to flash to the left elbow and receive a pass from the guard. The guard will then set up their imaginary defender and cut off the post player like they are going to receive a hand off. The post player is going to fake the hand off and then take one dribble to the basket for a finish. As this is happening the guard is going to use the chair on the opposite elbow as a down screen and come up for a shot at the top of the key area. Once the post player makes their finish, they will get into rebounding position and look to tip in the guards shot if they miss. This completes on repetition, reset and repeat or have the next group in line go.

 

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June 11

Bob Knight Mid Range Shooting Drill

Being able to shoot on the move is a different feel from simply just catching and shooting. It is important to be able to do both so that you are a complete shooter. This basketball shooting drill is great because it works on so many things at one time. It improves your footwork, mechanics, form, gives you repetitions, and also builds up your conditioning. Being able to shoot when you are tired is mental as well as physical. This drill will help you break through both of those barriers.

 

 

Drill Name: Bob Knight Mid Range Shooting Drill

Similar Drills: Bob Knight Mid Range to 3 Point Shooting Drill, Bob Knight 3 Point Shooting Drill, 50 Makes Shooting Drill

Drill Goal: Improve your shooting and learn to shoot when you are fatigued. Be able to shoot on the move and build your mental endurance.

Equipment Needed: 2 Basketballs and 1 Partner.

Tips: Shoot the ball the same every time, jump straight up and down, and hold your follow through. Fight through the fatigue and stay mentally strong.

Directions: The shooter is going to stand at the right elbow and get down ready for the shot. The passer/rebounder is has both of the basketballs in the paint. He/she is going to pass one of the balls out to the shooter and they will shoot the ball. As soon as they land they will run to the opposite elbow for the next shot. The rebounder must pass them the ball before they go get the first rebound. Shooter continues back and forth for the set amount of time, between 1-2 minutes is recommended. Once the time ends the players will immediately switch spots and repeat the drill.

This drill can also be done from the corner to wing, and wing to top of the key. Also you can make this drill into a competition between your team and see which two players can get the highest score.

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