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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.
Current Iowa State University Men’s Basketball Head Coach and 10-year NBA veteran, Fred Hoiberg, believes in attacking the defense and looking at the different actions to score before the defense is set. With this Baseline Double Set shown in the clip below, Hoiberg shows several very good actions out of the same look that will provide both inside and outside scoring opportunities.
Baseline Double Set
Overview: The set begins with a traditional secondary break look with the point guard with the ball, the wings spaced in the corners, the first post down the floor on the ball side, and a trailing post at the top.
Player Movements: The trailing post goes down to the opposite block while the point guard starts in the direction of the wing that is going to get screened for, and then reverses his dribble back towards the top. The wing runs off two baseline screens from the post players located on each block, making this a good play for a team that has a good shooter. While this is happening, the other wing is cutting over the top and through the lane.
Drill Essentials: Creating strong screens on the baseline and good cutting runs from the wings.
Drill Tips: Counters and other options for this set include:
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD ”Fred Hoiberg: Transition Basketball with Six Secondary Break Sets.” To view the latest video selections on Secondary Break, click here.
Many coaches work on some form of a 4 on 4 shell defensive drill everyday. Gain insight on drills for building your man-to-man defense from ESPN Analyst and former highly successful college basketball coach, Fran Fraschilla. The 4 on 4 No Paint Drill is a variation of the shell drill that reinforces the first two points of Coach Fraschilla’s 4 points of emphasis on defense.
4 on 4 No Paint
Overview: The drill is set up with 4 offensive players on the perimeter and their 4 defenders underneath the basket. The coach has the ball and will pass to one of the offensive players. The coach may choose to throw a direct pass or a lob pass.
Player Movements: The offense drives the ball toward the lane and the defense’s job is to keep them out of the lane.
Drill Essentials: The offense needs to focus on the phrase – “Get a piece of the paint!” while the defense needs ensure the offense gets – NO PAINT!
Drill Tips: On the initial close-out, the defenders should get to the proper ball side and help side position in relation to their man. The player on the ball needs to put good pressure on the ball.
Creator of the Innovative Dribble Drive Attack Offense, Vance Walberg, tells you his philosophy of ”3 or Key”, meaning he wants the ball driven into the key and if the defense collapses then the ball should be kicked out for a 3-point shot. Walberg likes the 3-point shot because it can yield a higher Points Per Possession average than the mid-range jumpers.
Overview: The following video clip shows a great 3-point shooting drill that would be great for any coach to incorporate into practices to improve a team’s 3-point shooting, no matter what offensive system is used by that team. Start the exercise with three players at a basket – the shooter, passer, and rebounder. The Bird Drill is challenging, highly competitive, and players will love it!
Player Movements: The shooter will shoot from 5 spots on the floor starting in the corner, and then moving to the wing, then to the top of the key, then the opposite wing and then opposite corner. The shooter must then come back all the way to where he started for a total of 10 spots, and this must all be done within a 2 minute time limit.
Drill Essentials: There’s one big catch to the drill: The shooter must MAKE 2 IN A ROW before advancing to the next spot.
Drill Tips: When the shooter makes it to the opposite corner, he must make 2 sets of 2 shots in a row (it is not necessary to make 4 in a row). If the shooter makes it through all 10 spots, then he will go to the top of the key and make as many 3’s possible in the time remaining.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD ”Vance Walberg: Mastering the Dribble Drive Attack Offense.” To view the latest video selections on Offensive Drills, click here.