International Basketball Analyst for ESPN and former Division I college basketball coach, Fran Fraschilla, believes in building great habits on both the offensive and defensive end of the floor. Watch how he teaches how to defend a down screen in a 4 on 4 setting, and how he tailors the drill to fit the personnel and philosophy of his team.
Athlete Movements: 4 offensive players are positioned on the elbows and blocks with a defender on each. The offensive player will pass to the player at the opposite elbow and down screen for his teammate on the same side.
Attacking the rim creates gaps within a defense, and ultimately creates high percentage perimeter shots for your offense. Take Andrew Grantz’s attacking drills and skills and build your offensive mentality to attack the rim. Apply these attack and react concepts and provide your players with the open looks they desire. Teach your kids how to play the game, by teaching all fundamental movements that have made so many players and teams great throughout the years.
Athlete Movements: One player starts on the right or left slot and the other offensive player must start on the same side wing as the guard in the slot. A pass is made to the wing and the offensive player will make a face cut, back cut, or pull up for a jump shot. Once they have done multiple cuts of each, you add a coach as a defender. At this point you have your players learn how to read the defensive player’s movements. This process is continued and then mastered from the opposite side. This drill can be used from any location on the court that is no more than two passes away.
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Being able to take foot quickness and ball handling, and implementing it into eye hand coordination goes a long long way on the court each season. Myron Epps of the Aztec Basketball Academy takes those important skills and adds multiple ball skills to his foot quickness drills in order to maximize his player’s ability to control the ball in various situations. Turnovers play a huge role in the outcome of a game along with the ability to lead and control an offense. These ball handling agility workouts will help build body control while building essential ball skills at the same time!
Drill Setup: Players move to the wall for their quick dribble reps. They then move to position themselves in front of the coach to execute two ball dribbling abilities.
Athlete Movements: Begin with dribbles moving in and out and then forward and backward, finishing with 15 side-to-side low dribbles and then transitioning to a high dribble. Following that is high low dribbles and figure eight dribbles, which transition into popcorn figure eights. The final phase is the juggling dribble.
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Nick Cammarano is the Founder and Director of the Quality Basketball Instruction (QBI) Basketball Camps. His accolades include, almost 300-career wins in 15 seasons, including two undefeated (30-0) seasons. This particular segment opens up with Coach Cammarano explaining the who, what and why details of the “Paint Cuts Drill” on the dry eraser board. He then shows you the drill on the court and you will see that this is great for teaching players the importance of constantly moving and passing, with a goal of getting a good look at the basket.
Drill Setup: Coach Cammarano sets up the 1 at the top of the perimeter with the 2 and 3 on the corners.
Athlete Movements: When the coach says go, the 2 and 3 cut through the paint toward the opposite wings looking for a pass from the 1. Once the 2 and 3 are at the wings, the 1 passes to the 2 who gets into a good triple threat position, while the 1 down screens for the 3 coming toward the top of the perimeter. When the 3 reaches the top of the perimeter, he/she, receives a chest pass from the 2 on the wing, and then passes the ball to the 1 and screens for the 3 coming around the perimeter toward the top.
Teaching Points: Each player must catch the pass in a good triple threat position, execute an excellent offensive screen, and keep the ball moving while they keep moving around the perimeter.
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Sean Miller is the current men’s basketball coach at the University of Arizona. In his short tenure at Arizona, he has won two Pac 12 Championships and Pac 12 Coach of the Year honors. Coach Miller teaches his sons how to react in the post if you are being played on the high side or on the low side. He also talks about how not to panic and what to do if you’re being fronted on the block.
Athlete Movements: Before the player catches the ball, Miller stresses that he or she should have active feet before the entry pass is made, elbows out to establish position, and to have your feet in the air when the ball is in the air.
Once the player catches the ball with his or her’s back to the basket, he or she should chin the ball and be strong with it. In this situation it is better to take your time than to be in a rush. Coach Miller wants the offensive player to be aware of their opponent’s positioning and then to go opposite of where the defense is playing.