Slice and dice through your opponent’s zone defense using “Special” and “Special Down” from St. Edward High School head coach Eric Flannery. Both sets focus on targeting the middle of the zone to open up room for the post to take a high percentage shot.
Drill Summary: In “Special,” start with two stacks (one above each block) of a guard and post. The posts should be at the front of each stack. If the coach wants to get the post on the left side of the court, the point guard dribbles to the right and vice versa. Once the point guard picks a side, the opposite guard cuts to the ballside corner off a double screen. After setting the screen for the guard to the corner, the players set another double screen on the middle of the zone to open up the opposite post flashing for a layup. For “Special Down,” both guards cross underneath the hoop and pop flat. Whichever direction the point guard chooses, the ballside post seals the middle of the zone and the opposite post flashes high.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Head hunt the middle of the zone on the double screen.
2) The big reads the defense to determine whether to go above or below the screen.
3) Guards pop flat on “Special Down.”
4) Big seal on the middle of the zone.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Eric Flannery: Zone Offense Sets and Ball Screen Continuity.” View other world class Basketball videos!
Coach Fran McCaffery’s teams at Iowa and Siena have effectively executed the 1-2-2 three-quarter court press. The variations of the press allow teams to speed up and slow down the opponent, as well as create turnovers when needed. McCaffery’s 1-2-2 can be used the entire game or spontaneously to throw off the other team.
Drill Summary: Coach McCaffery always wants someone with length and athleticism to be the “1” in the 1-2-2 press. The “1” is responsible for reading the offense and being a nuisance to the opponent’s ball handlers. On the inbounds, the “1” denies the ball in, but makes sure to not get beat deep. Once the ball is in play, the goal is to force the horizontal pass over the top. The two players in the middle of the press must know where the player they’re guarding is, as well as be ready to jump the ball handler for a trap if they put their head down. The back two players are responsible for denying any long outlet pass and protecting the hoop.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Athletic, long player at the “1” position (doesn’t need to be a point guard).
2) Player judgment.
4) Team must be in unison.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Fran McCaffery: The 1-2-2 Three-Quarter Court Press.” View other world class Basketball videos!
The “Havoc” defense may be what VCU head coach Shaka Smart is known for, but the 2011 Clarence Gaines National Coach of the Year knows a thing or two about offense as well. In “30 Baskets,” teams compete against each other to see who can be the first to make 30 shots. This is a great shooting drill that gets the entire team involved and also improves the communication and competitiveness of your roster.
Drill Summary: The roster splits into two teams to shoot on two different baskets. On each team, five players space out evenly around the perimeter out to their individual shooting range. The rest of the team gathers underneath the basket as rebounders. Start with three balls for each team. On the whistle, players start shooting. After every five makes, players rotate one spot to the left around the perimeter, with one player becoming a rebounder and one rebounder becoming a shooter. Continue until one team gets 30 makes total.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Call for the ball if you’re receiving a pass.
2) Call out the player’s name if you’re passing them the ball.
3) Set your feet before shooting.
4) The entire team (at each basket) counts each made basket out loud.
University of Kansas head coach Bill Self has led his team to an unprecedented 10 straight Big 12 titles – and they’re still looking for more. Now, you can learn the bread and butter of KU’s offense, “Fist,” explained by the coach of the Jayhawks himself. The actions and concepts in “Fist” are simple, but have been extremely difficult for opposing teams to stop.
Drill Summary: If the ball is entered to the post in Fist Mode, no matter where players are on the floor, certain spots need to be filled. Those spots are weak side high, weak side low, strong side high and weak side block. The main rule in Fist Mode is that the post always follows their pass to set a ball screen on the perimeter. Another rule is if the ball ever crosses the lane line extended, the weak side post ducks in to try to get the ball in the paint. If the post doesn’t get the ball in the lane, they relocate to the weak side, filling one of the spots required in Fist Mode. If a guard or wing is in the corner on the side of a ball screen, the post down screens for that guard after setting the ball screen.
Looking for a way to improve your players’ focus during free throw practice? St. Joseph University head coach Phil Martelli uses the “Net” drill to add more purpose when practicing foul shots. Teach your players this fun game and they will be looking forward to practicing their freebies every day.
Drill Summary: Players partner up with one basketball. Each player gets five consecutive foul shots while the other rebounds. If the ball hits the backboard or rim and goes in, the shooter gets one point. If the ball swishes, but doesn’t roll back to the shooter, it’s two points. If the ball swishes and rolls back to the shooter, they get three points. Any miss is negative one point. If the player makes all five free throws, they get five bonus points. The player with the highest amount of points at the end of the drill wins the game.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Phil Martelli: Skill Development Workouts for All Ages.” View other world class Basketball videos!