All-Access DeMatha Basketball: Warm-Ups and Closeout Drills

In the latest edition of All-Access, we take you to Hyattsville, Maryland for a look inside a DeMatha Catholic High School boys’ basketball practice. Watch as head coach Mike Jones leads his team through a number of warm-ups and closeout drills.

This “behind-the-scenes” look gives coaches, parents, and players a glimpse inside one of the nation’s most dominant basketball programs and reveals how practices are organized and conducted. Be sure to see what kind of drills, techniques, concepts and overall tips you can pick up and immediately begin implementing with your own team.

Speed Layups

Two lines are formed, one under each basket. One minute is placed on the clock. Players must dribble hard down the full length of the court and attempt to make as many layups as possible. Coaches are keeping count of the makes for each team. Players look to implement the speed dribble for this drill.

Lines are evened out. The team will first use the right side of the basket before switching over the left. Remember, don’t just dribble next to you. Instead, push the ball out in front of you.


Four Corner Jumpers

For this drill, players dribble up the floor and then pass to a teammate in the corner. That same player gets a pass right back and takes the quick jumper (from about midway between the foul line and the low block. Players go on both sides of the court at the same time.

Be sure that you don’t overrun the rebound. The player who passes it to the shooter must get the rebound and then pass to the next adjacent line in the near corner. First go right side and then go left side. Can you beat 29?


Five-Star Closeout and K-State Closeout

The 5-Star Closeout starts with one player in the lane. At the sound of the whistle, that one player must run out to the nearest offensive player above the arc and close out, getting his hands in the air and playing close-out defense. Then he immediately must sprint back into the lane and now join one other player for another closeout. This time, however, they go to different spots on the court to close out.

Key: Players should communicate and also announce that they have ball or specific positioning. Eventually, the drill builds to five players closing out at once. One player is on the ball and the other guys go to different spots, playing help defense, on the wall, help side defense, etc.

For the K-State Closeout, players cut diagonal across the lane and close out on the ball with their hands out and meet moving. One hand is high and one hand is out. There are two lines with staggered starts. Players must always be moving their feet. After closing out, players make a defensive slide into the corner. Coaches with the ball can also make ball fakes.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access DeMatha Catholic High School Basketball Practice.” To check out more All-Access videos in our extensive basketball library, including DVDs featuring John Calipari, Sean Miller, Bob Huggins, and Tom Izzo, click here.


I was impress with the inovative drills. I’ve coached for over 28 years and i am always looking for new, improved drills that the point of emphasis are meet. I thank you for sharing your knowledge, its what makes us better as coaches when we give it away.

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