By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS) head coach, Matt Hixenbaugh, shows you a drill designed to help players make the correct read in a dribble hand-off situation. Depending on where the defender shades, athletes learn to hand-off and attack or cut back door.
Drill Summary: Set up with two lines outside the 3-point line on the lane lines extended. The player at the front of one of the lines has a ball. Have a coach or a player play defense around the top of the key. The player with the ball dribbles at the athlete at the front of the other line as if they were in a dribble hand-off situation within an offensive set. The defender either jumps to the ball or sags off. If the defender jumps to the ball, the player coming toward the ball back cuts for a layup. If the defender sags off, players complete the hand-off and the player with the ball finishes at the hoop with a layup. Have players switch lines after each rep.
By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Led by 2010-11 Naismith National High School Boys Basketball Coach of the Year Kevin Boyle, the following drills utilize dribble penetration in order to beat the defense and set up high-percentage shots at the basket. Ideal against man-to-man defenses, look to practice these key offensive options if you’re hoping to improve your team’s decision making while breaking down the opposition.
Option 1 – Jump Stop and Dish
Start players at half court. One at a time, players will dribble down and beat the first defender who’s positioned just above the three-point line. Once players reach the lane, have them make a jump stop before dishing off to a teammate with a left-hand bounce pass.
For the big guys down low receiving the bounce pass, get your fingers up and your feet pointed towards the rim. The goal is to quickly turn your shoulder and chest to the baseline and go up strong with a left-hand lay-up. Meanwhile, ball handlers should look to get deep into the paint for that effective jump stop and dish.
Option 2 – Wing Kick Out
Now get about half of your offensive guys over in a line at the wing area. Next, we will emulate those situations where you beat your man and a big man steps up in the paint. But let’s say that a help defender slides over to guard that offensive block player.
Therefore, in these situations, dribblers should look for the kick-out pass to the wing. Wing players should not fade down. Instead, step up a bit and be ready for that jump shot. Don’t fade down. Step up a bit and be ready for that jump shot.
Option 3 – Drive and Score
This next option works on those situations when the defense comes up too high to help. As soon as that happens, the ball handler should try to cut around the defense and make a strong move at the rim for a layup opportunity.
Option 4 – Pull-up Jumper
This final option imitates when the help defender makes a fake help gesture and just stays back. When this happens, the dribbler can stop and go for a 15-foot pull-up jumper.