Nick Cammarano has a career winning percentage of .715 and here he shows you the “Read the Defender Drill.” This drill is an offensive drill that focuses on teaching the guards what to do with the ball when a defender closes out on the ball, gives him/her an open look, or a teammate sets a screen.
Athlete Movements: Coach Cammarano sets one player up with the ball on the wing and the defender on the low post just about on the ball-side block. This particular drill starts with the defender throwing the ball to the guard and either closing out on the ball or remaining near the low post block. Coach Cammarano points out that the guard shoots the ball when the defender backs up or remains on the block, or pump-fake and attacks the basket when the defender closes-out.
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With nearly 300-career victories in 15 seasons, Nick Cammarano, has really improved his team’s defense. In this video Coach Cammarano shares his Defending Screens Drill that will help your team’s communication, matching up, and swift movement.
After a detailed dry-erase board explanation of the concept, Coach Cammarano sets up his players on the court in the following manner on defense: the 1 at the wing, the 2 at the top of the key or perimeter, and the 3 at the opposite wing.
The drill begins with the ball at the top of the perimeter, passes to the offensive player on the right wing while the player who passed the ball comes with the ball to screen or block out the defending player on the ball side wing. When that happens the number 2 man comes over to the ball side wing to replace the player being screened, which in this case is the ball side 3 on the wing. In this drill, if the offensive player mirroring the 1 tries to set a screen on the 2 at the top of the perimeter, the 1 then helps out at the top of the perimeter replacing the 2.
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Nick Cammarano has 284 career wins in 15 seasons and here you will learn the Mirror Drill. This is a good teaching tool best used in emphasizing the value of fronting the ball while in a half-court zone defense.
Athlete Movement: When the coach says go, the offensive players swing the ball around the perimeter, and attempt to dribble pass the defenders.
Teaching Points: The important aspect of the Mirror Drill is that each player on defense stays in front of his or her opponent while that player attempts to pass them and dribble into the paint.
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Nick Cammarano is the Founder and Director of the Quality Basketball Instruction (QBI) Basketball Camps. His accolades include, almost 300-career wins in 15 seasons, including two undefeated (30-0) seasons. This particular segment opens up with Coach Cammarano explaining the who, what and why details of the “Paint Cuts Drill” on the dry eraser board. He then shows you the drill on the court and you will see that this is great for teaching players the importance of constantly moving and passing, with a goal of getting a good look at the basket.
Drill Setup: Coach Cammarano sets up the 1 at the top of the perimeter with the 2 and 3 on the corners.
Athlete Movements: When the coach says go, the 2 and 3 cut through the paint toward the opposite wings looking for a pass from the 1. Once the 2 and 3 are at the wings, the 1 passes to the 2 who gets into a good triple threat position, while the 1 down screens for the 3 coming toward the top of the perimeter. When the 3 reaches the top of the perimeter, he/she, receives a chest pass from the 2 on the wing, and then passes the ball to the 1 and screens for the 3 coming around the perimeter toward the top.
Teaching Points: Each player must catch the pass in a good triple threat position, execute an excellent offensive screen, and keep the ball moving while they keep moving around the perimeter.
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Nick Cammarano is the head coach of the Frank Antonides Middle School Boys Basketball Team and has achieved almost 300 career wins in 15 seasons. Here you will see two drills related to the Box Offense. The essentials of both drills is for the 2 and 3 to make quick step movements executing the V-Cut and being able to square up to the basket for a shot, or drive to the rim. The V-Cut and the Tandem Guards drills are great for practicing how to freeze or misguide a defender, and creating various opportunities to score.
Drill Setup: For the Box Offense V-Cuts Drill, the 1 man will start at the top of the parameter and the 2 and 3 will be at each low post block (either the left or right side of the paint). And for the Tandem Guards Drill, the 1’s are on the perimeter near the wings and the 2 and 3 are near the low post blocks on the left and right side of the paint, respectively.
Athlete Movements: On the start command for the V-Cut Drill, the 1 dribbles toward the basket and passes the ball to either the 2 or 3 depending on who is open after executing a V-Cut toward the nearest wing. Next, the 1 sprints toward the man he or she did not pass to and screens for the weak side player coming around the perimeter. The player with the ball can either take a shot or pass to the man coming around the perimeter at the top of the key and screen for the weak side player coming to the top of the perimeter, usually the 1.
In the Tandem Guards Drill each 1 dribbles toward the basket while the low post 2 and 3 make a V-Cut to the nearest wing looking for a shot off the catch, or a drive to the basket.
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