Terry Layton is a highly respected basketball coach, scout, and consultant both here in the states and internationally. Internationally, most practice facilities are only limited to two baskets. So coaches try to use as many drills, which combine multiple areas of skill development at once. Coach Layton shows phase one of the “Chinese Drill.” With this single drill you can brush up on passing, screening, shooting, rebounding, spacing in transition, and defending the 2-on-1 break.
Player Movements: Three players begin the drill by passing along the baseline out-of-bounds. Those players then move to the perimeter, where a player will sprint into a wing ball screen. With this phase of the drill, the person using the ball screen throws the ball back to the screener, who is popping and spacing for a long jump shot. The passer and the third player (not involved in the ball screen) then go to the opposite side of the floor and battle for the rebound (most rebounds on a long jump shot will end up on the opposite side of the rim). The two players battling for the rebound then do a 2-on-1 break going the other way with the shooter in the drill being the lone defender back.
In the later phases of this drill (not shown) you can use a pick and roll where you hit the screener with a bounce or lob pass at the rim or the person using the ball screen shoots a step-back jump shot.
1) Solid Passing
2) Communication when passing
3) Sprint into a ball screen and the space properly when popping
4) When battling for the rebound, attack the other person’s arm
5) Spacing and converting on a 2-on-1 break
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Explosion and Full Court Drills from Around the World.” To view the latest video selections on Conditioning, click here.
In the latest team development feature, learn a pair of proven offensive techniques that will improve your team’s overall transition game. Follow along with Sinclair (OH) head men’s basketball coach Jeff Price as he reveals ways to use back screens and post entry passes to net easy baskets while on the move.
Two Man Transition Shooting
While often a second option on transition, this is a terrific technique to get off high percentage shots down low. Begin by setting up two lines of players. Players will fly in from half court. One line will go straight to the corner and the other will go to the low block. Next, there’s a post entry from the corner to the low block. Immediately after, there’s a strong post move and shot attempt.
Also, you can also use both sides of the court at the same time to get more reps and different looks at the basket.
Keys: Really have your players work on post moves during their individual drill time. Be sure they stay high on the block as well. Meanwhile, it’s also important to maintain proper spacing. Otherwise, the techniques won’t be as effective.
Back Screen Jumper
Moving forward with the transition offense, lets now simulate moving the ball in reversal. We can also incorporate trailers and back screens. The goal here is to get a back screen for an alley oop chance. Second, we will look for a step-back jumper.
By getting the ball to the corner, we have flattened out the defense. Now it should be an advantage for us. Once the ball is reversed, we want to go down and sit on the block before coming up and setting a back screen at the top of the key. The trailer will cut off of it and head straight to the rim. After setting the screen, the screener will pop out, receive a pass, and hit a jump shot.
Coaching Points: Don’t have your players up top always be in a hurry. Make sure to wait for the player to get set up prior to passing the ball. Also, be shot ready once you have made the screen. As we mentioned previously, maintain good spacing.
In this week’s edition of All-Access, we return to Lawrence, Kansas for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at a Kansas men’s basketball practice. Head coach Bill Self instructs his players about proper technique when defending certain screens, including ball, cross, and down screens. The team then splits up among baskets and works on defending each type of screen on both sides of the floor.
First, Coach Self gets into defending ball screens and reminds players to hedge the screen on the backside. Another key is to change your feet from driving to the outside to driving to the inside where the help is.
Meanwhile, it’s critical to hedge on the “same board” and make your opponent do one of three things: pick up the ball, change direction, or charge. To switch and play the ball screen correctly, go over the ball screen and under your teammate.
Watch below as the players simulate the action at different baskets. They go four times total, with two reps on each side.
Based on the way Kansas plays defensively, the team doesn’t switch often. However, when they do, this is how it works.
When it comes to guards and it’s a “like” screen, meaning a screen by a 1, 2, or 3 player, then players will switch on all ball screens and hand offs. If it’s a big and a little, the team won’t switch on anything until its under 10 seconds on the shot clock. In this case, the team will call out “solid” and will switch on all handoffs and ball screens. Bigs are different. Bigs switch on all screens.
Let’s say the offense passes the ball from the wing to down low. We are now playing low post defense. If the ball is beneath the free throw line extended, then look to try and get the low side.
All the while, the big man in the middle should look to get as big as he can on the cross screen. Don’t let the screener get his chest to your shoulder. By maintaining a huge presence, it creates space as the big in the center can push through. When the cross screen occurs, don’t let the offense go body to body. Create space to get through.
Watch below as the squad runs through cross and down screens at full speed.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Kansas Basketball Practice with Bill Self.” Check out our entire collection of All Access videos by clicking here.