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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Complete Package for Man & Zone Offense” featuring Kevin Boyle. To check out more videos highlighting man-to-man offense and drills, please visit our basketball library. Got a dribble penetration drill that works wonders for your squad? Let us know below or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By taking advantage of baseline inbound plays and missed free throws, basketball teams at every level can creatively attack the basket and pick up extra points. Follow along as Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo reveals some of his key strategies for free throw situations and under-the-basket inbounds plays, including three different looks using the same play.
Start by getting two offensive players lined up inside their typical lane blocks during a free throw situation. With this strategy, look to get one player cutting in hard to the middle of the paint area, while the opposite player is spinning behind his inside defensive counterpart.
Make sure that the players give a signal about what they plan to do. The key here is to do something aggressive in order to get to the ball. It doesn’t matter if both players come to the middle or to the outside, they just can’t stand there. The overall goal is to get one basket out of this strategy per game.
Backcourt Players: As for the guys behind the free throw line, align one player to the side wing area just beyond the three-point line. As the shot is taken, there will be a signal by the two inside guys. The backcourt players must recognize this.
If the backcourt player’s teammate on the same side is going in hard to the middle, then he/she will cut toward the basket fast on an angle to fill that vacated area. It’s key that all five players do something aggressive to get to the rim. Also, don’t forget that your players can’t move until the ball hits the rim.
Chips: Set 1 – Coach Izzo likes to run this baseline out of bounds play out of different sets.
The Set-up: Start by setting up two big guys on the low blocks and then two smaller players stacked just above the free throw line. Get your best shooter as the first guy in the stacked group. The two block guys start by popping out to their respective corners. Next, the first shooter cuts down and the guard behind him cuts back beyond the top of the key.
Player Movements: Now, let’s say the ball is passed to the ballside corner guy. From there, he quickly reverses it to the top of the key guard. When this happens, have the first shooter screen for the inbounder. Next, get the former ballside block player to screen down for the first shooter. This shooter can now pop out to the corner/side for a catch and shot.
Notes: This play involves a bit of inside and outside action. Pay particular attention to the options for the inbounder as he’s cutting through the lane. He can go low or high and the point guard up top should be looking for him as he cuts through the lane.
Also, when the pass goes from the point guard down to the corner shooter, the shooter has the option to dump it down to his former screener for a layup chance. It all depends on how the defense plays it. Of course, the shooter can also just rip that jumper if open.
Chips: Line Set
For this set, get in a stacked line on the lane line ballside. Here, the two bigs cut to opposite corners and the point guard pops back — just like before. It’s essentially the same play just from a different set. So why is this so effective? It’s not as confusing for players and you can get more plays in since the end result is very similar.
Chips: Box Set
This box set is great for those times when teams are overplaying. Once again, everything is the same except for the starting set.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Tom Izzo: Winning Dead Ball Situations.” To check out more videos featuring special situations and inbounds plays, head over to our basketball DVD library.
After picking up dribble penetration tips and techniques in this week’s team development feature, look to implement the following offensive sets to tie it all together. Follow along as each play is diagrammed and broken down into segments before being simulated live on the hardwood via five-on-five action.
Submitted by Greg Zeller, Concord High School, Concord, MI
The Set-Up: Start with player 1 on the right side of the floor and with the ball. Player 5 is on ballside low block, 4 is on weakside low block, 2 is on ballside elbow, and 3 is on weakside elbow.
The Action: 1 initiates the play by dribbling to the right. 2 then flashes to the wing and 1 passes to 2. Meanwhile, 4 flashes to the ballside elbow. 5 replaces 4 and 3 breaks out beyond the three-point arc.
The Finish: From here, 2 passes to 4 and then follows the pass and cuts to the opposite block to screen for 5. 3 follows player 2’s cut and breaks out to the corner. Player 4’s options now are: 5 coming off 2’s screen, 3 in the corner, or 1 for the three-point shot.
Notes: This play is ideal versus a man-to-man defense that chases instead of switching. Also, 5 should be open on this often and can receive a low bounce pass from 4 for an effective finish.
Submitted by Rhonda Farney, Georgetown High School, Georgetown, TX
The Set-up: Players 4 and 5 start off on opposite low blocks. Player 1 has the ball on the same side as 4. Meanwhile, player 3 is on the ballside wing and 2 is on the opposite wing/corner area.
The Action: Player 1 has the ball up top. Player 5 cuts up gets a pass from 1. Next, player 3 cuts to the basket along the baseline and winds up in the ballside corner behind the three-point line. 2 pops out towards the top.
The Finish: From here, player 1 cuts to the weakside corner and 4 flashes up hard to set a screen for 5. Player 5 immediately rolls around 4’s screen and drives to the basket. Basically, 4 and 5 run pick and roll options in the paint. If the defense collapses, look to throw it to either corner for 1 or 3.
Got any go-to plays that are particularly effective against man-to-man defenses? Share with fellow coaches below or e-mail us at email@example.com. We’ll look to feature your play in an upcoming issue of BasketballCoach. The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Over 60 Plays to Attack Man-to-Man Defenses” by Winning Hoops.