By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Flare screens are a wrinkle that many offenses are utilizing more and more in today’s game. Frank Allocco, University of San Francisco associate head coach and the only coach in California high school history to take two schools to a state title, explains his method of defending a flare screen.
Drill Summary: When the screener comes to make a pick, the defender getting the player receiving the screen must know what type of player their man is. If the offensive player is a non-shooter, going under the screen is fine. If the offensive player is a shooter, the defender must go over the top to avoid allowing an open shot. On both actions, the defender of the screener must help and take away a possible slip to the basket.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Frank Allocco, 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game West Squad Head Coach and De La Salle HS Head Coach, shares a Double Team Dribble Drillthat creates havoc on the offensive player. The havoc will force the offensive player to keep his head up, utilize a retreat dribble, and work to get lower than the defender.
Double Team Dribble Drill
● Players start on the baseline with a ball and a partner in a typical defensive zig zag drill setup, with one player dribbling against a defender.
● There is another player at half court who will attempt to trap the ballhandler at half court.
● The objective of the ballhandler is to beat the defenders down the court.
● Players should rotate positions within their group.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Frank Allocco, De La Salle (CA) HS Head Coach and 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game Head Coach, takes his team through the 4 on 4 on 4 drill. This drill will prepare your team for games as these practice situations are tougher than anything they’ll encounter in a game. Additionally, this drill can enhance your conditioning as you play competitively for four consecutive minutes.
4 on 4 on 4
Setup and Sequence
Create 3 teams (4 players on each team): Blue, White, Shirts
Blue inbounds the ball against a pressing White team; Shirts has two players in a tandem at the other end of the court and a player at both halfcourt sideline positions. The White team’s job is to guard only in the backcourt – they stay at that end of the floor; once Blue breaks the press and pass the half court line, the two Shirt players enter the front court and Blue plays 4 on 4. The White team then sends two players to the half-court sideline positions.
After the scoring attempt by Blue team, the Shirt team inbounds the ball against Blue team pressure. Once the Shirt team breaks the press and passes the halfcourt line, the two White players enter and now Shirts play Whites 4 on 4 in the front court.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Learn how to improve your team’s defense with Frank Allocco, the head basketball coach at De La Salle High School and the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game West Squad Head Coach. Coach Allocco’s 3 on 2 Earn Your Way Off Drillwill teach your defensive players the importance of communication and defensive rotations in disadvantage situations. Playing in an outnumbered situation creates athletes to think quicker, make better decisions and exhibit greater confidence and composure.
3 on 2 Earn Your Way Off Drill
Set-up and Sequence:
Place three offensive players around the perimeter with two defensive players in a stack situation.
The only way you earn your way off defense is to get a stop.
If one of the offensive players misses a shot and a defender gets the rebound, the defender is off defense and the offensive player moves to defense.
The ball is checked and the offense plays to score. If the offense scores, they stay on offense.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
2x State Championship Coach, Frank Allocco, provides you with a full-court drill that starts as a 2 on 1 and progresses to 5 on 5. This is a high tempo and competitive exercise that you can use in your practices.
Progressive Drill: 2 on 1 to 5 on 5
Drill Summary: This drill starts with a free throw. Inbound the ball before each trip down the court. Keep score for each trip and you can add additional point opportunities for rebounds, deflections, turnovers, etc.