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All Access DeMatha Basketball: Transition Defense & Half-Court Shooting Drills

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

In the latest edition of All-Access, we take you back to Hyattsville, Maryland for an inside look at a DeMatha Catholic High School boys’ basketball practice. Follow along as head coach Mike Jones leads his team through a number of warm-ups and drills focusing on transition defense.

Hit the Floor

Five players at a time start out facing the baseline. On the coach’s whistle, all five players smack the floor to commence the drill and work on defensive slides all the way down the court. Once the players get down to the mid-court line, they sprint to the opposing baseline. Once at the other end, players close out toward the three-point line shouting, “Ball, Ball, Ball” before sprinting back to the baseline. As soon as each group has finished, the first group starts all over again and heads down the opposite end repeating the movements.


This is DeMatha’s take on the standard “Shell Drill.” The team divides into four white team players and four blue team players. The squad is simply working on perimeter ball movement, defensive adjustments, and overall technique. There is constant ball movement and defensive movement going on in this drill. The coach may yell out “Drive” or Shot” at any time and players must be ready to rebound and box out.


Transition Defense

The squad sets up a line of players at the midway point of the sideline. A coach has a ball in the paint. One at a time, players sprint toward the basket, receive a quick bounce pass, and then finish strong at the rim. That same player then immediately sprints down the court to get ready for defensive responsibilities in a transition setting.

Players finish the rep when they reach the opposite foulline, plant, turn forward (open up), get into a good defensive stance, and then slide toward the sideline and off the court.

After moving through a number of layup reps, there’s a switch to short seven-foot jumpers using the glass. Next, players work on lob plays and finishing up high and in tight. The coaches make some contact as well so players must finish in traffic and with defensive pressure.


Oklahoma Shooting

To wrap things up, DeMatha runs Oklahoma Shooting on both ends of the court at once. Down at each end, players form two lines total, one on each side of the sideline and around the top of the key extended. One player has a ball and passes to his opposite teammate, who is cutting hard to around the free-throw line area (the squad places a chair right in front of the line to mark the exact spot). Next, he catches the ball right on the side of the chair and shoots immediately.

The drill is simply catching the pass, taking two steps to the side, and then letting the shot go with a quick release. Be sure to work on your footwork, elevating, and knocking down your shots.

Next, move the chair towards the wing and have guys shoot off the elbow and in the corner. Use similar passing techniques and movements like before. Then switch the chair to opposite side of the court and continue shooting directly off the pass.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access DeMatha High School Basketball Practice.” To check out more videos in our exclusive All Access collection, simply head over to our basketball library.

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

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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.

New All Access Kentucky & Dematha High School Basketball DVDs!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Thursday, July 14, 2011

New All Access Basketball DVDs featuring John Calipari and Mike Jones!

All Access Kentucky Basketball Practice (2010-11) with John Calipari

Watch as John Calipari prepares his young team for the 2010-11 season which included a run into the NCAA Final Four. In this All Access DVD, Coach Calipari reveals everything he teaches and drills to get the Wildcats into an aggressive, attacking mindset on both the defensive and offensive ends of the floor. With this video set, Coach Calipari breaks down every drill in more detail than ever before to teach his team how to play the right way!

All Access DeMatha Catholic High School Basketball Practice

Mike Jones and Alan Stein bring to you an all access look at the DeMatha basketball program. Coach Jones, a former DeMatha player and assistant coach under basketball Hall of Famer Morgan Wootten, shows why DeMatha is one of the top high school basketball programs in the nation. Learn DeMatha’s entire system- offense, defense, drills, warm-ups, and conditioning – all in one DVD series (3-discs that include over 5 hours)!

Interested in multiple All Access DVDs? Purchase any 3 (or more) All Access Basketball Practice DVDs for only $99.99 each. Enter promo code AA99BB at checkout to redeem savings!


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