By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Tom Izzo, Michigan State University head coach and three time National Coach of the Year, demonstrates a set play that will get your team a quick shot off of an opponent’s free throw. This is a great play for teams who like to get out and run, and is a perfect option for when there’s just a few seconds left on the clock.
Drill Summary: This set is to be run after your opponent makes a free throw. A post (usually the 4-man) takes the ball out of bounds and the point guard receives the inbound pass as both wings fill the outside and the remaining post sprints to the rim. The point guard picks a side and passes to a wing, who stops at the free throw line extended outside the 3-point arc to receive the pass. The point guard runs past the wing and if they beat their man, the point guard can receive a hand off for a shot or drive to the lane.
If the point guard is covered, the rim runner sets a ball screen for the wing. The first option is a shot for the wing, the second option is to hit the roller and the third option is a down screen for the point guard on the opposite side. If the point guard is covered on the down screen, the screener is usually open for a slip to the basket.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Against 2-3 zone defenses, Michigan State University head coach, Tom Izzo, has many sets that he can run out of a 1-3-1 zone offense to exploit the weaknesses of the defense. The “1-3-1 Special: Point” set can help you get an open 3-point shot for your point guard in the corner.
1-3-1 Special: Point
Drill Summary: Against a 2-3 zone, set up in a 1-3-1 set (point guard at the top of the key, wings out wide, high post and post on the block). Start by having the point guard pass to the wing on the weak side of the floor (away from the low post player). After passing, the point guard runs to the ball side block and posts up. On the post up, the high post player pops out to the top of the key and the opposite wing comes up slightly. The ball is reversed around the perimeter. On the first pass around the perimeter, the point guard comes off a screen on the baseline from the low post (screening the bottom of the zone) and finally receives a pass in the corner for an open 3-pointer.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Point guard needs to be a good shooter.
2) Pass to the weak side wing.
3) Point guard runs while the ball is being passed.
4) Be ready to catch and shoot.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Tom Izzo, Michigan State University head coach and three time National Coach of the Year, has the Spartans demonstrate a two player passing drill focused on increasing accuracy and passing technique. Big men learn to make proper chest pasts from a standing position, as well as after a dribble.
Big Man Passing
Drill Summary: Players partner up and face each other. Start with a width of about lane line to lane line between each player. The first pass is a regular chest pass, in which athletes should step toward their target. It’s also important for receivers to provide a target with their hands in front of their chest.
Next, take a couple steps back and work on overhead passes. Make sure to never bring the ball behind your head — only over it. Finally, finish the progression by taking one dribble and throwing a chest pass to your partner. This simulates coming down with a rebound before passing.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Step toward your target.
2) Receiver show their hands as a target.
3) Put some zip on it.
4) Go somewhere with your dribble.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
In the 2015 NCAA Tournament, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo once again proved why he’s one of the best coaches in the nation when he led the Spartans back to the national semifinals. With Izzo’s “Chips (Line)” inbounds play, you can get a corner three against man-to-man defense.
Drill Summary: In a baseline out of bounds situation, the 4-man takes the ball out of bounds and the rest of the players get in a stack formation on the block. The players in the stack line up in this order: 5-man, 3-man, 2-man, 1-man. To begin, the 5 flashes to the ball side corner, the 3 goes to the opposite block and the 1 releases. The 4 passes into the 5, who then swings it to the 1 at the top of the key. Meanwhile, the 2 sets a down screen for the inbounder, who curls to the basket. If the 4 isn’t open on the curl, the 5 sets a pin screen for the 2, who gets to the corner and looks for a 3-pointer.
Keys to the Drill:
2) Sell jabs and cuts.
3) Shooter gets their feet set.
4) Vary looks out of the set to keep the defense guessing.