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6 Effective Shooting Drills Designed for Point Guards

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This week’s player development feature focuses on ways that point guards can hone their shooting skills. With 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose and University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari as your guides, follow along and discover six effective shooting drills that are easy to implement and have been used at every level of basketball.

Remember, an elite point guard must learn to play fast and yet still be in balance and have the skills to gather themselves and make shots. Learn the techniques through these easy workouts that Calipari and Rose used frequently while at Memphis.

Transition Shooting Drills

According to Calipari, if you’re going to play fast and be able to attack the rim, you need to gather yourself and still shoot the ball (often with a one-dribble pull up). It’s important to make big steps as a point guard. This is key for any player in order to get necessary separation from defenders. By having great separation, defenders now need to close out to guard you. As they close out, you can now beat them and become an effective point guard. Remember, the goal here is that you’re looking to score and create for your teammates.

Start these transition shooting drills at half court with the ball. Throw the ball to your  coach in front of you and then run to the top of the arc before anticipating a pass back from your coach. Catch the ball and take a shoot at the top of the arc. After the shot, the player will then jog back to the half court line and then run to the top of the arc again before receiving a pass before another shot at the arc, and so on.

This drill should go through three sequences and produce three shots per player at the top of the arc.

1. Jog and shot.

2. Sprint and shot.

3. Big steps and shot.

Keep in mind that by using those big steps, it’s one less step to get where you need to go. You’ll be faster ultimately with those bigger strides.


Big Steps from Baseline

In these big steps drills, players should start out in the paint under the basket and facing away from the hoop. Drill techniques include “Flat”, “Curl to Elbow”, and “Fade.”


Start under the basket facing out. Make a fake to one side and then come off to the wing area behind the three-point arc with big steps. Catch and shoot in full stride.

Curl to Elbow

Here, instead of flying out to the wing area, the player should curl to the near elbow before catching and shooting.


Finally, make your fake before fading into the near corner for the shot.

Always use big steps with all three drills. This will ensure you’ll never be out of balance. Also, you must set-up your defender at the start. Get the defender on your hip and then by using big steps, you can create space to be effective. Keep in mind that you need to have space to catch the ball, give a ball-fake and then have time to shoot the ball or drive it.


The follow clips can be found on the Championship Productions DVD “MVP Training: Basic Point Guard Skills & Drills” starring 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose and University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari. Check out additional videos featuring Coach Calipari in our extensive library.

Derrick Rose Honored as the NBA’s MVP!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Derrick Rose has been named the Most Valuable Player in the NBA! At 22 years old, Rose will be the youngest player to ever win the prestigious award. Rose averaged 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds this season, leading the Bulls to a 62-20 regular season record and a number one seed in the playoffs.  Rose joins an elite group of players with this exceptional honor and Championship Productions would like to congratulate Derrick on this outstanding accomplishment. We are honored to say we worked with  Derrick and Coach Calipari on the instructional basketball DVD MVP Training: Point Guard Skills & Drills Series with Derrick Rose

Championship Productions Wins Telly Award!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Friday, April 22, 2011

Championship Productions is honored to announce it has received another Telly by winning the Bronze Award for the production of MVP Training: Basic Point Guard Skills & Drills by John Calipari and Derrick Rose. The Telly’s honor the finest video productions created for film, television and the web. This is Championship Productions’ fifth Telly award in six years.  These awards are the result of great teamwork and dedication. For more information regarding this wonderful video check out: MVP Training: Point Guard Skills & Drills Series with Derrick Rose

3 Tips From John Calipari on How to Inspire Today’s Athlete

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

It’s a different era for basketball players these days, even at the youth and high school level. With team rankings, influences of the internet and advances of television as just a few examples, there’s so much information coming at young players today that it’s easy for them to be influenced in a negative way.

With that said, coaching the mind is just as important as coaching on the basketball court. Therefore, it’s key for players today to understand what’s coming at them in all directions – and it’s as influential as teaching a kid how to shoot a jumper. Check out these tips from University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari and see how you can make a difference with your own players.

Building Trust

According to Calipari, trust is very important between a coach and an athlete. It’s where you start with a player, and at the college level, it all begins at the recruiting process and the meetings you have with a particular young person. For instance at Kentucky, Calipari never promises minutes in the recruiting process and aims at under-selling and over-delivering. Meanwhile, it’s key to remember that their trust in you is also at stake.

It’s also important to create a family atmosphere on your team where the players know that everyone on the team is there for each other. This builds unity and chemistry over time.


Earning Respect

As a coach, you are always trying to earn respect, and you do that by being honest and making commitments you can stand by. If you are worried about affection and saying whatever you have to say to get the players to like you, then you’re not going to be long for this profession.

But by creating respect between you and a player, by doing the things you say you are going to do, by spending that extra time to communicate or figure out who a particular person is, that respect turns into affection over time. As far as trying to hold players accountable, you must be willing to say no as a coach.


Creating a Dialogue

The most critical aspect when sitting down with players is to create a dialogue and communicate openly, but it’s especially important that you listen to them. Remember, as a coach, that individual player wants to know first and foremost, “What’s in it for me?”

Meanwhile, don’t forget that a player’s perception is their reality. You must deal with that perception no matter what it is and address it.


Check out more tips from Coach Calipari in Championship Productions’ DVD “Coaching and Inspiring Today’s Athlete.” To browse the entire John Calipari collection, simply click here.

Learn From the 2011 Men’s NCAA Final Four Coaches!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Monday, March 28, 2011

Championship Productions would like to congratulate the teams who made it to the Final Four for the 2011 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament! Championship Productions is proud to say it has partnered with three of the four 2011 Men’s NCAA Final Four Coaches on various basketball DVD projects.  Learn the systems, tips, techniques, and drills that these outstanding coaches implemented within their programs…taking them to the top!
3 seed- Connecticut Huskies (Jim Calhoun)
4 seed- Kentucky Wildcats (John Calipari)
8 seed- Butler Bulldogs (Brad Stevens)


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