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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!
In this shooting drill that Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg learned from former NBA star Chris Mullin, a player will work on their shooting while incorporating some conditioning into the drill. Hoiberg stresses good footwork and proper form on every shot, even when the player is tired.
Drill Summary: The player begins by running one line and shooting from the opposite elbow after receiving a pass from the coach. Then, the player runs two lines before shooting two shots (one at each elbow). Then three lines with three shots, four lines with four shots and five lines with five shots. At the conclusion of the drill, the player does a round of threes and then shoots five free throws to catch their breath. If the player is more conditioned, they can continue “back down the ladder” as well.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Footwork. Plant on the correct pivot foot.
2) Maintain good form when fatigued.
3) Shooting balance.
4) Work on conditioning.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Open Practice: Off Season Shooting and Conditioning Workout.” View other world class Basketball videos!
Four-time National Coach of the Year Andy Landers shares his twist on the 2-3 zone defense that helps increase ball pressure and prevent the ball from getting into the paint. Learn the “flip-flop” rotations that have helped Landers achieve over 900 victories during his coaching career.
Drill Summary: As the ball comes up the court, one of the two players at the top of the zone picks up the ball, while the other assumes a support position near the high post, slightly shadowing whichever hand the ball handler is using to dribble. If the player guarding the ball gets beat off the dribble, it is up to the player in support position to slide over and prevent the ball handler from making it into the lane. Meanwhile, the former on-ball defender rotates and takes over the support position. If the ball is passed to a wing, whoever is closer must close out and defend the ball, while the other covers the high post. “Quick man to the ball.”
Keys to the Drill:
1) Always guard either the ball or the high post.
2) Apply lots of ball pressure. The other guard has your back.
3) Recognize the offense’s spacing.
No matter what point you’re at in the season, ESPN basketball analyst and former college coach Fran Fraschilla stresses the importance of being prepared for any situation. In this sideline out-of-bounds play, Fraschilla runs through the counter for his “Double” set that gives the offensive team a shot at a layup with little time left on the clock. This play is great against teams who tend to over-commit on defense when guarding offensive players flashing toward the ball, and will open up space on the backside for a lob pass.
Drill Summary: The four players on the court line up in a box formation, with the 5 man on the nearside block. To begin the set, the player on the far elbow flashes towards halfcourt, while the player on the nearside elbow screens down for the player on the backside block. Then, the player who just screened down comes off the screen and cuts to the ball side corner. In the original “Double” set, the inbounder would then pass to the player cutting to the corner. In this counter set, the player who received the first screen plants their left foot at the three point line and cuts to the backside of the hoop, where they’ll receive the lob pass. It is also important that the 5 man flashes to the ball after setting their screen so more space is cleared out for the player receiving the lob pass.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Spacing – don’t let defenders guard two offensive players.
2) Crisp cuts.
3) Sell the original play.
4) Accurate pass.