By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
2014 NCAA Championship Coach, Geno Auriemma, takes you through how to teach and execute proper on the ball defense. Utilizing these proper techniques and understanding your opponent’s strengths are key in disrupting the opposing team’s offensive design. It is the fine details that are often overlooked, but they are the most essential and effective. Coach Auriemma displays these keys in his on-court demonstration.
On The Ball Defense
Drill Setup: Two players are in a 1-on-1 situation. The defender is looking to string out the attack dribble made by the offense.
Athlete Movements: When the ball is picked up, it is the defenders job to guard the opponent and create an uncomfortable position for the offense. Once the whistle is blown again the player must take another attack dribble toward another specified area on the court. Coach Auriemma also describes how to defend your opponent and how to place your players in the most successful position.
Teaching Points: Auriemma stresses the importance of being aware of your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, early and often.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Geno Auriemma is the current women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut. A big part of UConn’s offense is playing through the high post. Coach Auriemma works on breakdown drills everyday which simulate movements throughout his offense and you will see those movements in this segment.
UConn Shooting Drill
Athlete Movements: In this drill, the post player starts low and sprints to just above the elbow area. The post player will catch an entry pass from a guard, get wide, and chin the ball. The passer will then set up his/her cut, get the ball back, and get a layup or short jump shot off of the handoff. This drill not only works on the guard cutting, but also the timing of the handoff and the entry pass. The players must also call out each other’s names on the pass and the handoff.
1) Timing the Post Entry Pass
2) The Post Player Being Strong with the Basketball
By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, November 1, 2013
Here is your chance to learn from two legendary coaches in men’s and women’s basketball! Bob Knight and Geno Auriemma provide athletes and coaches with tips on a variety of basketball topics. These videos will help you and your team become a better program during the season as well as increase your chances of post-season play!
By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Current UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is a huge advocate of drill work that translates from practice to the game. In the latest team development feature, learn how to be a force offensively via transition while playing to create more possessions. The following drills and concepts are frequently used by Auriemma and the Huskies, who are fresh off winning the 2013 NCAA National Championship.
Transition Offense Mentality
The overall idea with this transition offense is to move fast. For instance, as soon as ball comes out of the net, your squad should be off and running. Coach Auriemma wishes that more offenses ran this way and carried this mentality. It really makes the kids play where all five players are involved. The bigs are involved and the guards are creating. This is real basketball.
Fast Break Drill
In terms of implementing this strategy/mentality, we can begin by putting our offense together. Start with a point guard, two wing players, and two bigs down low. The drill starts with a coach throwing the ball off the glass. Next, one big guy will rebound it and the other guy will run the floor. As for the player who doesn’t get it, it’s their job to beat the guy who’s guarding them down the floor. If they do, his teammates will pass it to them and they’ll get a basket.
After the rebound, there’s an immediate outlet pass to the wing. Kick it ahead again and then throw the ball down low to the sprinting big man for a layup. This is exactly how Coach Auriemma teaches all of his team’s options off the fast break.
There are a number of things you can do out of the transition break. First, look to pass to the wing player as you are coming down the floor. Once within the half-court area, look inside while the original passer cuts to the corner.
Now, the trailer comes into play. You can hit him with a pass up top, look inside, reverse the ball, and then the original trailer and farside wing player can set a double screen in the corner. The corner player comes off of it to the top. So now you are looking for a quick post up and a jump shot up top right out of transition.
From here, you can go with a ‘High/Low‘ scenario where one big man screens across for the other, he flashes to the ball, receives it, and then passes high to low to the other big for a layup or lob play.