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In this exclusive all-access look, we return to Jersey City, New Jersey for a glimpse inside a recent St Anthony’s High School basketball practice. Watch as legendary head coach Bob Hurley leads his squad through a number of full court team drills, including “4 Passer Layups” and “3-on-2 + 2 Attacking the Basket.”
4 Passer Full Court Layups
A total of four feeders set up stationary at the hash marks of the basketball court (between half court and the baseline). One at a time, players will pass to each designated feeder while sprinting down the length of the court and then finish with a layup at the other end.
Coaching Points: It’s crucial that players protect the ball at all times. Be sure to take it hard to the rim on each rep. Get up and get off your feet. Make this drill as game-like as possible.
Coach Hurley eventually halts the drill to talk things over with his team, stressing that countless times players will catch the ball and then immediately take it to the side of the body. Because of this, players are getting stripped when going to the basket. When players release their left hand, don’t drop it. Keep it there so you can hold the defender off and are able to shoot the ball while protecting the layup.
3-on-2 + 2 Attacking the Basket
This end-to-end drill goes nonstop for two minutes. It’s also a tremendous drill for guards to work on their creativity, decision-making, and build confidence out on the basketball floor.
Three players should spread out evenly on the baseline looking to attack the other end of the court. The middle player will start with the ball. Two additional players are just behind them and chasing. Meanwhile, at the other end of the floor are two defenders waiting to guard the three offensive players coming down. At first, the three offensive players have an advantage if they attack and score fast. If they don’t, the two chasing defenders will quickly make it a 4-on-3 and the defense will then have the advantage.
After the play runs its course,the chasers become the next two defensive players and a new set of players are already sprinting down court. It’s truly nonstop for two minutes. After the 120 seconds are up, switch up the groups.
Tips: We don’t want the wing players to be creative in this scenario. Instead, the wings should look to catch the ball and immediately attack the basket. There’s no time to get fancy here. Take it right to the rim.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Basketball Practice with Bob Hurley.” To check out the entire All-Access lineup, including new videos featuring Frank Haith and Rob Fulford, click here.
In this week’s team development feature, pick up some stellar drills to help your players expand on their offensive skill repertoire. With Stanford head women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer leading the way, you’ll learn about tactics like advanced pick and roll moves, dribble drag shooting techniques, and other top-notch drills that can take your team to another level.
Pick and Roll Passing Series
This pick and roll passing series takes this classic basketball play a few steps further with advanced movements. Each technique involves two players at a time going in a half-court setting and working on pick and roll plays. Notice that the emphasis in each segment is with the passer completing specific movements (which are detailed below). However, both players will end up getting shots to close out each rep.
Step Through – This move is a great way to for players to free up open space in order to take a shot or make a strong pass against a recovering defense.
Jump Hook – Feeders will hit the shooters with a little jump hook pass that sails just over the top of the defense leading to a quality shot opportunity.
Bounce Off – This one is great for stretching out the defense. Players should think score first and then go into whatever pass they are working on. Also, be sure to get more separation from your screen and look to drag the defense out on the bounce off.
Reverse Pivot – In this final one, we want to get a good drive at the basket and at the defense to get them to back up. This will create two stride lengths for your passing lane.
Dribble Drag Shooting
According to Coach VanDerveer, this is one of the team’s favorite perimeter drills. It involves a ton of ball handling and shots. Plus, it’s fast-paced and fun.
One player starts with the ball at the top of the key. This player dribbles to one perimeter wing area and hands off to a cutting teammate. That cutting teammate then takes the handoff, dribbles to the elbow, and takes a jumper or drives further for a layup.
The original ball handler also has options. For instance, he or she can fake the handoff and then just take it to the rim. Also, the cutter can go backdoor rather than taking the handoff. The key is trying to sell the handoff.
Overall, this is a terrific drill for your players to get creative. It also gives them a ton of reps in a short period of time. Be sure to work both sides of the floor and basket when doing this one in practice with your team.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “30 Skill Development Drills for Building Champions.” To check out more videos featuring skill development drills, click here.
Searching for that perfect last-second play? Look no further than these proven game-winners. The following plays are ideal for end of quarter situations and have been used with great success by high school basketball programs around the country.
Game Winner from Sideline Out of Bounds
Submitted by Brad Hatfill, Head Boys’ Coach, Lewistown High School, Lewistown, Illinois
Overview: Coach Hatfill’s squad recently won two games using this exact play. The best player (in this case, player 3) takes the ball out of bounds. This often confuses the defense. The other players start in a box formation, with 5 and 4 at the top of the key and lane-line extended, and 1 and 2 between the top of the key and halfcourt.
The Action: Players 2 and 4 screen for players 1 and 5. 5 then sprints to the opposite wing area while 1 heads toward the ball. Player 2 then cuts to the farside (or weakside) of the court while 4 dives to the basket.
The Finish: Next, player 3 passes to 5, who then passes back to 3 as he flashes onto the court. Player 5 then sprints to the nearside block for a possible give-and-go. Meanwhile, player 4 is the weakside rebounder and player 1 trails the play. Also look for player 2 as he/she is often overlooked by the defense.
Submitted by Brent Palmer, Head Girls’ Coach, Abilene High School, Abilene, Texas
Overview: If you only need two points at the end of the game, don’t try to get too fancy. This play will free up a player on the block for an easy score. Just be sure to get the timing down, as it’s vital to the play’s success.
The Set-up: Player 1 has the ball up at the top of the key. Player 2 is on the left side perimeter wing area and 3 starts out on the right side wing area. Players 4 and 5 begin on opposite low blocks.
The Action: Player 1 dribbles to the right side, player 5 moves to the high post and player 4 sets a back screen for player 2. Player 2 uses that back screen and slides to the ballside corner.
The Finish: Player 3 then screens for 4. Player 4 uses the screen and cuts to the ballside low block. Next, 1 passes to 2 in the corner, who immediately passes to an open 4 on the block for an easy layup attempt.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Over 50 Game-Winning Last-Second Plays.” Got a clutch play that has worked wonders for your squad? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll feature it in an upcoming story.