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All-Access Duke Basketball: Full-Court and Shooting Drills

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

In this week’s edition of All-Access, we take you to Durham, North Carolina for another exclusive look inside a Duke men’s basketball practice. This time, head coach Mike Krzyzewski leads his squad through full-court and team shooting drills.

With the full-court drills, players run through a 3-man weave to a 2-on-1 break and even a 5-man weave to a 3-on-2. Coach K also gives explanation on why the team chooses certain drills and then highlights specific techniques, tips and roles for each.

Finally, with shooting drills, Coach K explains why basketball teams should simulate offensive sets to practice game-like movement and shooting. He also reveals the shooting drill used by Team USA at the Summer Olympics that proved to be quite popular among the players.

Full-Court Drills

Coach K frequently caters Duke’s full-court drills to simulate the different ways you can come down on a fast break. For instance, there’s the conventional way, where you come down the court and just fill a lane. And then there’s the 3-man wide, which is a different look. Here, one player will go ahead, and then there might be a quick screen. But the goal is still to net that easy layup. Also, the key when coming down the court is to get different looks than just the conventional layup.


3-Man Weave to a 2-on-1

The first time down the court, it’s a standard full-court 3-man weave. Then on the way back, the last player to pass to the layup guy moves back the opposite way and acts as the defender. The two other players streak down the court to finish the 2-on-1 fast break.

5-Man Weave to a 3-on-2

Once again we are working on different game situations. Remember to keep good spacing here. Players will go down the court on a five-man weave. Then, two players will step back and play defense on the other end. It’s key here to make quick decisions. Look to swing the ball fast on offense.

Remember, it’s important that the corner man is ready to shoot the ball at all times. If not, the near defender can close out and shut down the play.


Shooting Drills

According to Coach K, there are never enough shooting drills. He makes an emphasis to have his staff make up a number of different drills that will personalize the drill for the offense. In other words, don’t just have shooting drills. Instead, have shooting drills that will simulate the kind of shots that will be taken in your offense. Plus, put your players in a variety of different game situations.

It’s common for Duke’s shooting drills to go 3-on-0, but all three guys will get shots. It’s something that the US Olympic Team did a few years ago and it simulated the speed and type of shots when the team actually ran its offense. The key is for everyone to get involved and moving. If there’s ever a lull in a practice, this is the perfect “pick me up.”

Here’s a tip when simulating a wide move, which is a wing ball screen. Many times, the point guard will end up in the corner and we get a lot of corner shots. A versatile on the ball screener can slip, roll, post and pop. He’s a threat from all of those. One way to get your best player shots is to make him a screener. This forces the defense to defend the screen and then the screener gets open looks.

Plus, Duke makes an emphasis on always throwing the ball high. Also, it’s key for a big guy to keep his hands up all the time. A big man will be a great player if his hands never go below his waist. Look to try that with your own big guys. Go an entire game or practice looking to implement this technique. This way, he will stay tall and wide and can be ultimately more effective.


The following clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All-Access Duke Basketball Practice with Mike Krzyzewski.” Check out more All-Access videos in our extensive basketball library.

The Duke Basketball Online Clinic with Coach K!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Monday, April 4, 2011

Check out the Duke Online Basketball Clinic featuring Coach Krzyzewski and the Men’s Basketball Staff!

  • See how Coach Krzyzewski builds his team based on the strengths of his personnel
  • Pull back the curtain on Duke’s motion and zone offenses
  • Improve your players with superior individual workouts

Watch at your convenience, no shipping costs and no travel or lodging costs! Sign up today at: Duke Online Basketball Clinic

  • 14 days- $84.99
  • 30 days- $99.99
  • 45 days- $119.99


Exclusive All-Access Pass: Duke Men’s Basketball Practice

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

In this week’s edition of All-Access, we take you to Durham, North Carolina for an exclusive look at a Duke men’s basketball practice. Watch as head coach Mike Krzyzewski leads his squad through two-man drills, a consistent and instrumental part of Blue Devil basketball practices.

Two-man drills are typically used at the onset of a Duke basketball practice and are aimed at getting players moving around the floor and warmed up before more demanding elements of practice are implemented.

The workouts being performed — which include a variety of fastbreak and transition break segments like baseball passes and stop & dish plays — are influential in developing game-like communication and “real situations” between teammates as well. They are also helpful in sparking player communication and awareness during practices set at odd hours, such as early morning sessions that may find athletes rather groggy.

It’s also a good time for the coaches to talk with the training staff to see if there are any new injuries, updates or other developments with particular athletes. For instance, at this time, Coach K can observe a player early on in the practice who may have a lingering injury and will be able to deduce whether they may be restricted from any upcoming drills or particular activity.


This video is featured in Championship Productions’ DVD “All-Access Duke Basketball Practice with Mike Krzyzewski.” To view more videos featuring Duke men’s basketball and Coach K, click here.

Coach K Notches Win No. 880!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Congratulations to Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, who passed Dean Smith for second place on the all-time NCAA wins list as his No. 1 Blue Devils dominated UNC Greensboro, 108-62.

Coach K notched the 880th win of his career to move past the former North Carolina coach and now trails just Bob Knight, who currently holds the Division I men’s basketball record at 902 career wins.

New All Access Basketball Practice DVD with Mike Krzyzewski!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We have recently released a new basketball DVD featuring Mike Krzyzewski titled All Access Duke Basketball Practice: National Championship Season (2009-10).  This video series was filmed at the beginning of the 2009-10 season; a season that saw the Duke Blue Devils claim the NCAA National Championship.

One of the things that separates Duke from the pack is how Mike Krzyzewski and his staff effectively personalize their offense and defense to fit their personnel. In this all access DVD package, you will learn the tactics and drills employed by Coach K and his staff to capitalize on the strengths of their personnel.

This DVD set includes:

  • More than 10 hours of exhaustive basketball instruction
  • Three full practices
  • Multiple clinic sessions
  • Video breakdowns featuring Coach K and assistant coaches, Steve Wojciechowski and Chris Collins.


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