University of California women’s head coach, Lindsay Gottlieb, gets players used to her secondary break sets by putting them through positional breakdown drills. In this clip, you’ll see the actions that Coach Gottlieb teaches her posts to prepare them for the Golden Bears’ fast style of play.
Drill Summary: Forwards and posts line up in a single file line about 10 feet off the top of the key. A coach stands at the lower wing with a ball, and another coach stands at the top of the key extended with a ball. Players alternate running to the block, receiving a post entry pass from the coach and finishing, and receiving a ball at the top of the key, taking one dribble and pulling up for a jumper. After doing this for awhile, have players receive a ball at the top of the key, drive to the lane, kick the ball out to a coach in the corner, receive a pass back from that coach and finish at the hoop.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Wait til players get to their spot before passing them the ball.
2) Call for the ball.
3) Make it look like you’re going to the hoop on every drive.
4) Finish near the hoop.
In the latest edition of All Access, we return to Richmond, Virginia for a glimpse inside a University of Richmond men’s basketball practice. Follow along as head coach Chris Mooney leads the Spiders through a series of quick-fire warm-up drills before getting into competitive 2-on-2 action in the post.
We begin with this rapid-fire passing drill that plays out in the middle of the court. The drill utilizes one ball but comes from multiple angles. Players must concentrate throughout and move fast. Be sure to deliver good passes to your teammates each time, step into the catch, and don’t jump. Be attentive and move briskly.
Next, players pass and cut before delivering a layup. Each athlete must really work on shooting all different types of layups. This makes the layup drill game-like and realistic. Whether you go with reverse layups, opposite hand layups, or something else, fly in hard each time and assume that you must finish the play against an active defense.
2-on-2 Post Up
In this final series, the ball gets rotated back and forth between coaches around the perimeter. Meanwhile, players go 2-on-2 down low. Offensive players fight for positioning and try to get open for a high percentage shot. At the same time, the defense works on getting good positioning and preventing any entry pass for an easy bucket. Notice how the defense fronts the post and brings that extra element of pressure.
After a few passes between coaches, the ball gets entered and the action plays out. Players will switch up from offense to defense and vice versa. Also, watch as the players demonstrate hustle plays, such as diving out for loose balls and taking charges.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Richmond Basketball Practice with Chris Mooney.” To check out more videos in our all-access lineup, click here.
A post player who can score on the move or in transition will be an effective weapon and constant threat out on the basketball court. With renowned basketball coach Kevin Sutton leading the way, check out these useful drills for post players that involve the Mikan Drill and a variety of screens.
One at a time, have players start the drill with the Mikan Drill. They should do four total layups (two on the left side and two on the right side). Then have players take the ball out of bounds and make an outlet pass to a teammate on the wing. That player will then sprint to half court (and if possible, cut around a chair) and then back to the hoop from which they came from.
Once within the three-point line area, they will make a cut across the lane, receive the ball back from the outlet player, and then go hard to the hoop for the layup — all without even putting the ball on the floor. Remember to attack the rim hard. Also, be sure to work both sides of the basket with your players.
Next, proceed with the drill like before, but this time, have the players make a shot fake after they receive the ball before going for a straight drive layup.
Players should receive the ball around the elbow and then deliver a quick release/shot while on the move. Always follow your jumper.
A) Pick and Roll
After the initial jumper, that player will then make a ball screen for a teammate on the wing. He/she will then roll to the basket, receive the pass and hit the layup. Remember to keep proper footwork on the pick and roll and to open up to the pass before rolling to the basket.
B) Pick and Pop
After the ball screen, players will then roll to the near corner and hit the open jumper.
C) Direct Drive with Early Slip
On the first shot, players should make a pump fake and then drive to the basket for a layup. Then immediately, players should turn and sprint out towards the wing player and make a screen around the three-point line before slipping back to the hoop. From here, catch the pass and roll to the basket.
The following post drills – and many more – can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “30 Drills for Building a Complete Post Player” with Kevin Sutton. To check out additional videos featuring post play, check out our extensive basketball library.