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When it comes to game-like shooting drills, the Penetrate and Kick Series is one of the most effective drills you can run in basketball practice. For former Duke assistant coach Chris Collins, the drill series teaches players about proper spacing, how to instinctively move without the ball, how to drive and dish effectively, and how to get good game shots.
This drill series is something that Duke basketball implements all the time in practice. The drills really work on improving footwork, drive and kick ability, team communication, and getting in game shots. Start with two lines and get three players in each line. The ball should be up top with a coach. Begin by going off the right side.
Start with a V-cut where you must work to get open. Players also must call for the ball. Next, catch the ball in a strong triple threat and imagine you are being guarded by someone. From here, look to hard attack the middle. The goal: You must get into the paint.
Coaches: Get on your players if they take lazy routes or don’t get into the lane. You could also have a coach stand there in front of the passer to drive the point home.
*Tip: Drive to score. If you do this, the defense collapses and now you have options, bailouts, and kicks.
As for the shooter on the opposite wing, they cannot just stand in that spot. Any good defense will have solid helpside pressure. Therefore, you can slide behind the ball OR chase to the corner (if the defense slides up). Your feet should be locked and loaded and ready to shoot.
Meanwhile, after the passer dishes off, the passer can’t just stand there. This player must get to an open area. The coach up top will have a ball and the passer will now play off of the coach. Get to an open area for the pass and shot.
*Make it Competitive: You can run this drill with the entire team working together to reach a goal. Or you can split things up and have teams play against each other.
As you drive baseline, the opposite wing’s responsibility is to give his teammate a bailout in the opposite corner. As he drives, defenses will rotate. From here you can make two passes. The first is a baseline pass. You can actually pass out of bounds (with feet inbounds, of course) to get yourself a lane to get around the defense. The second option is that you can deliver a power skip. Jump up and let go of a powerful skip pass across for any open shot. Eventually, look to add shot fakes to these drives as well.
In the latest edition of All Access, we return to Richmond, Virginia for a glimpse inside a University of Richmond men’s basketball practice. Follow along as head coach Chris Mooney leads the Spiders through a series of quick-fire warm-up drills before getting into competitive 2-on-2 action in the post.
We begin with this rapid-fire passing drill that plays out in the middle of the court. The drill utilizes one ball but comes from multiple angles. Players must concentrate throughout and move fast. Be sure to deliver good passes to your teammates each time, step into the catch, and don’t jump. Be attentive and move briskly.
Next, players pass and cut before delivering a layup. Each athlete must really work on shooting all different types of layups. This makes the layup drill game-like and realistic. Whether you go with reverse layups, opposite hand layups, or something else, fly in hard each time and assume that you must finish the play against an active defense.
2-on-2 Post Up
In this final series, the ball gets rotated back and forth between coaches around the perimeter. Meanwhile, players go 2-on-2 down low. Offensive players fight for positioning and try to get open for a high percentage shot. At the same time, the defense works on getting good positioning and preventing any entry pass for an easy bucket. Notice how the defense fronts the post and brings that extra element of pressure.
After a few passes between coaches, the ball gets entered and the action plays out. Players will switch up from offense to defense and vice versa. Also, watch as the players demonstrate hustle plays, such as diving out for loose balls and taking charges.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD ”All Access Richmond Basketball Practice with Chris Mooney.” To check out more videos in our all-access lineup, click here.
Follow along as Middle Tennessee State University head men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis breaks down some of the basics of his highly-effective Zone Motion Offense. Coach Davis first details the roles of each player in the offense before highlighting the basic continuity of the system. Each section is diagrammed for you on whiteboard before being played out live on the basketball court.
Basic Zone Motion
Coach Davis will run this zone motion against all of the defenses his team goes up against. His squad will end up in the same offense all the time. It all starts with a base movement. Players 4 and 5 are mid-post, straddling the first lane marker. The 2 and 3 wing players will start off low enough that the bottom defender will have to guard the wing player on initial passes or ball reversal.
Meanwhile, this offense is big on attacking the short corner area. This base movement moves our 4 and 5 players. We believe the short corner area (which is about 10-12 feet along the baseline) is a great angle to step through and score and gives you great chances to screen the zone from the short corner.
The initial movement begins when the ball goes from player 1 to 3 on the wing. Player 5 will be straddling the first lane marker and then the opposite post is sprinting hard to the short corner area with his/her backside facing the baseline. Be in a position to get off a quick shot or drive it to the basket.
However, let’s say we don’t have anything on the mid-post or short corner. Well, the ball is then reversed back to the 1, the post player steps in hard in the lane and looks for the ball. On ball reversal from 1 to 2, the short corner will assume the post position on the ball side. So upon reversal now, the 5 is sprinting to the short corner, and the 4 is coming hard to straddle the first lane marker. That continuity will continue.
Live on the court: In the video clip below, notice all of the good ball fakes, shot fakes, and hard sprints to the short corner. Everything is crisp and clean. This is the basic continuity of the offense.
Short Corner Mid Post
Now let’s take the offense one step further. So what can happen when the ball is entered to the short corner? Let’s start with the ball in player 2′s hands on the left side. 5 is in the short corner position. 4 is mid-post. 1 is at the top and 3 is on the opposite wing.
The goal for player 2 is to catch it low enough where the bottom defender must step up to guard him. We call this dragging the defender up to the T. The biggest thing you can do in a zone offense is have one defender have to guard two players. This will stretch the defense.
From here, the first option is for a pass to 5 and he will catch the ball with his/her backside parallel to the baseline. This player will catch and step through the move and go right at the rim.