Using a wide range of quick hitters against man-to-man defense has made Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse Orange a tough team to defend every year. Coach Boeheim runs through his two “Double Fist” sets in this video that will get specific players shots where they are most comfortable on the court.
Drill Summary: Coach Boeheim presents two plays out of his “Double Fist” look:
Double Fist 1 – Begin with the point guard out top, a post on both sides of the top of the key, and the wings in the corners. The point guard dribbles to the left side and comes off a double ball screen from both posts at the top of the key. After that, the posts go and set a double screen down for the guard on the weak side wing, who comes off and receives a pass from the point guard. Next, the posts relocate to the baseline and the strong side wing comes through off a double screen to the wing, receiving a pass from the other wing. Finally, the point guard receives one more double screen on the baseline from the posts and comes to the ball side corner, where they get the ball. If nothing opens up in this motion set play by then, set a ball screen for the point guard in the corner.
Double Fist 2 – This is a look for a team that has a post that can shoot from outside. Begin with the point guard out top, a post on both sides of the top of the key, and the wings in the corners. The point guard dribbles to the left side and comes off a double ball screen from both posts at the top of the key. After that, instead of the posts setting a double down screen for the weak side guard like they did in “Double Fist 1″, they fake it and the 5-man sets a screen for the 4-man, who takes a look at a long range shot. If the shot isn’t there, the 5-man drops to the hoop, the 4-man passes the ball to the weak side wing and immediately sets a ball screen. Off the ball screen, the wing comes off and the 4-man pops out for a shot.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Good double screens.
2) Cut and flash hard.
4) Sell fakes and false motions.
Coach Ryan Looney has led Seattle Pacific University to new heights under his tenure, with one of the key reasons for success being his teams’ shooting ability. In this three person drill, players work on shot-faking a defender, taking one dribble and pulling up for a jumper.
Drill Summary: This drill is for three players. Each group needs two balls. Begin with one player in the half court at a spot within their shooting range, ready to catch a ball. Have the other two players begin underneath the basket with one ball each. The first player under the basket passes the ball out to the player in the ready position, then closes out with high hands on the shooter. The shooter must shot fake, take one dribble and shoot a pull up jumper. After shooting, the shooter gets their rebound and goes to the back of the line underneath the hoop. The passer becomes the next shooter. Practice going both left and right with the dribble off the shot fake.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Make sure to run the drill at game speed.
3) Consistent jumper.
4) Work on communicating (on the pass).
New Iowa State University head coach, Steve Prohm, sometimes begins practice by taking players through the “Rebel Drills.” The series of closeout and individual defensive moves will get players used to guarding the ball, help them be quicker on their feet and make them better half-court defenders.
Drill Summary: Two or three coaches line up evenly spaced on the top of the key extended. The rest of the players split into even lines on the baseline. The first player in each line steps up under the hoop extended and gets in a good defensive stance facing the sideline. On the coach’s whistle, the player closes out on their corresponding coach and works on their on-ball defense actions. Situations to run players through include: closing out short, contesting a shot and “dead-call” either direction.
Keys to the Drill:
2) Defensive shuffle back to the baseline when closing out short.
3) Get a rim touch after contesting a shot and boxing out.
4) Make the ball handler uncomfortable on a “dead-call.”
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Former NBA head coach and current NBA analyst, Mike Fratello, uses the “Tap Head” series of baseline out of bounds plays when his team needs to make a clutch basket at the end of a game. With three different looks out of the same starting formation, these plays will catch the defense off guard and give your players a great look at the basket.
Drill Summary: The 3-man takes the ball out of bounds. Set up with a post just off each elbow, with both facing the top of the key. The point guard and shooting guard line up just inside each post player and face the baseline. In the first look, the guard on the ball-side screens away for the other guard, who comes off that screen and gets another from the ball-side post to the near side corner, where they’re passed the ball from the inbounder. Meanwhile, the weak-side post sets a screen for the first screener and that guard goes to the opposite corner. Finally, the ball-side post screens across for the other post, who comes off the screen high. If the defense switches, the screening post pivots and rolls to the hoop for a layup.
For the second look, the player coming off the initial guard-to-guard screen goes straight down the lane, then the screener turns around and comes off a screen from the ball-side post to the near corner.
In the third look, “Special”, the guard sets the initial screen for the other guard, but instead of coming off the screen at all, the guard getting the screen pivots and immediately sets a screen on the first guard’s man. From there, the player comes off that screen and a pick from the post to the near side corner. However, the primary look will be to the opposite corner, where the screener will go to off a pick from the weak-side post.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Start the play when the ref hands the ball to your player.
2) Good screens.
4) Sell the false actions.
One of the necessary skills for great individual defense is having quick feet to stay in front of the offensive player. Wake Forest University head coach, Danny Manning, uses this series of defensive slide drills to prepare his players for the rigors of play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Drill Summary: Coach Manning has the width of the lane lines taped across his gym floor and another line halfway between the lines for this drill. The first movement is to defensive slide between one lane line and the halfway line at full speed for about five seconds. Touch both lines with your outside hand when doing this motion and chop hands in the air between the lines. The next progression is to slide and get both feet outside one lane line and the halfway line for 10 seconds. Touch the lines with the inside hand every time you get to one during this motion. Next, players slide between both lane lines, touching each line when they get to it, for 10 seconds.
Once all the defensive slides progressions have been completed, it’s time to move on to the closeout progressions. Players begin on one lane line and sprint forward to the other lane line. First, stop on the far lane line with the right foot forward every time, then backpedal and do it again. Do this for 10 seconds. Next, do the same thing, but stop on the far lane line with the left foot forward. Make sure to close out with high hands.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Stay low to the ground.
2) Chop hands between lines.
3) Touch every line.
4) Keep your head and eyes up.