Jay Wright, Villanova University head coach, runs his guards through the “Swing Series” to help them get better at taking defenders off the dribble. It’s nearly impossible to shake a defender without some kind of ball fake, but practicing swing-and-go’s can get your players a close-range shot in the lane once they shed their man.
Drill Summary: Players are guarded by another player or coach on the wing and work on stepping across the defender, giving the passer (at the top of the key) a target to pass to, catching the ball, ripping through and driving baseline. Work on going all the way to the hoop, as well as doing a dribble pull up to simulate when help defense arrives. Also work on ripping and driving to the middle to simulate when the on-ball defender anticipates the baseline drive.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Rip quickly.
2) Keep the ball close to your stomach
3) Don’t bring the ball down in the lane.
4) Watch footwork to avoid traveling.
In this clip, we will look at a shooting drill used in skill development practices with the guards at Wichita State. Led by Head Coach, Gregg Marshall, this drill will work on conditioning and shooting at game speed. Note the element of competition, will not only make the drill more interesting but help your players build their skills better.
Athlete Movements: Each player will shoot a series of 3 shots: an elbow curl shot from the baseline, backpedal into a shot on the wing, and then touch half-court and sprint into a 3-point shot. The player will then complete this quick series of 3 shots 3 times, for a total of 9 shots. Players are paired up and must keep track of the individual makes as well as team total, which adds a nice element of competition and concentration. The drill is then repeated on the opposite side of the floor.
In this segment, we will look at a shooting drill called the ‘4-3-2-1 Drill’ used by Gregg Marshall. This exercise is part of a skill development practice with the guards at Wichita State. Your players will develop their conditioning and shots at game speed.
Player Movements: In this shooting drill, the player will shoot 4 shots on one end of the floor while alternating right and left sides. The player will then sprint to the opposite end of the floor and shoot 3 shots in the same manner. The drill continues as he sprints to the other end again for 2 more shots and then he will push the ball on the dribble (no more than 3 dribbles), and pull up and take his last shot.
Drill Tips: Focus on conditioning your players and developing their footwork to make the most of this drill.
Billy Donovan, who was one of the best guards to play in the Big East during the 1980’s, shows you how to effectively use an inside out dribble. The purpose of this dribble is to fake a crossover, get the defender off balance, and continue in the same original direction. Get an exceptional breakdown of this drill that will help your son or daughter improve their dribbling skills.
Player Movements: The basketball does not change hands with this move. If you are doing an inside out dribble with the right hand, you would jam your left out to fake a crossover, and bring the ball back to the right using the same hand
Drill Essentials: Coach Donovan emphasizes the importance of the shoulders moving inside out.
Drill Tips: 1) Jam the opposite foot to fake the crossover. 2) Be sure to keep your hand on top of the basketball when you are bringing it back to the original side.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “AAU Basketball Skills Series: Billy Donovan’s Father and Son Workout.” To view the latest video selections on Youth Basketball Training, click here.
In this segment, we visit the home of the 2013 Final Four Shockers from Wichita State to see how Gregg Marshall and his coaching staff improve the ball handling of their guards. This is an excellent short series of two ball drills.
Ball Handling: 2-Ball Drills
Overview: Players are in a line at the free throw line facing half-court, and each player has two basketballs. Coach Marshall likes these drills to be done with heavy basketballs and big basketballs. Players dribble the two balls from the free throw line to half-court, pass back and forth once with a manager, then turn to dribble back to the end of the line. The series concludes with players again starting at the free throw line with two basketballs. They dribble to half court and back with added resistance from a manager.
Player Movements: Each player goes through once each with the heavy balls and the big balls using a same-time speed dribble, and then repeat the drill with an alternating dribble (one goes up, while one goes down).
Drill Essentials: Pound the basketballs, make a good pass – chest height, and receive a good pass.
Drill Tips: Make sure to use a one-handed push pass with their off hand to a manager and to make a one-handed catch with the pass back from the manager. In the resistance part of the drill it is key that the managers place resistance on the player’s shoulder on the dribble to half court and resistance on the player’s waist on the way back to the free throw line.