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.
By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Take advantage of jump balls this season to attack and keep your opponent off balance. Follow along as Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo reveals three jump ball plays used frequently by the Spartans. By consistently winning the battle of deadball situations, Coach Izzo believes programs can add three or four victories to their win total each season.
Jump Ball Play 1
This first jump ball play is one that Coach Izzo looks to use every game. It’s a play to implement if you’re almost certain to win the tip.
Put your second biggest player facing the jumper. Meanwhile, your best athlete should be parallel to the jumper and the point guard is on the opposite side from your best athlete. Your remaining player will get back deep just in case of a lost jump and transition the other way.
This play is as basic as it gets, but the mentality is to score in every dead ball situation. Every time the clock is stopped, you want to attack right out of it. In this scenario, as the ball is tossed, your best athlete will branch out towards the near sideline, the point guard will branch out toward his near sideline, and the back defender will hold down the fort in the back.
When the second biggest player gets possession of the tip, he will turn and pass it hard with two hands to one of the streaking athletic players. From here, they can look to do a lob play on the fast break for a layup. The minute the ball is tossed, you are gone. As for the lob itself, throw the ball to the block, not to the rim. This really helps with timing.
This is a play to use when you believe you’re not going to win the tip. This time put your best shooter parallel to the jumper when starting. The point guard will start way back and hold down the fort.
Now, tip BACKWARDS. In this scenario, you’ll be aiming for a three-pointer or post up right off the tip. The two sideline players will branch out like before. The point guard will get possession off the tip and take it to the left side of the court while the two bigs sprint down to the right side and set a double screen for the best shooter. The shooter will come off of it, one screener will slip, and the other will move to space. From here, the shooter comes around to catch the pass and release a shot.
Play 2 Plus
Once in a while your opponent will start reading what you do. If that happens, start by tipping it backwards. Everything is the same as Play 2 from the onset. However, when the shooter comes off the double screen and it’s not there, he should continue to curl around. Meanwhile, the other shooter moves down to the low block now and the bigs screen down for him. From here, he comes off the double screen and has a variety of options to choose from.
By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Follow along as Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo reveals three of his program’s top under-the-basket inbounds plays. The plays are designed to give teams many different options in tight situations. They can also be adjusted to go up against both man and zone defenses. Look to add these proven special situation plays to your playbook today!
The Set-up: Get your best shooter to take the ball out under the basket. Get your best screener to start on the ballside low block. Get your next best screener to set up on the opposite lowside block. Meanwhile, the remaining two players are stacked at the free throw line with the point guard in the back. It’s a triangle-like look. You can run this effectively against a man or zone defense.
The Action: Look to enter the ball to your big popping out to the side. Next, the first free throw line guy comes down and sets up a double screen with the opposite low block guy. The point guard pops out up top. The big can now pass to the point guard up top. Next, the big now comes down and sets a screen on the low block.
The Finish: The best shooter can now go either way. If the defense goes over the top on the big, he can step through to the ball and look for the ball down low. If the shooter goes around the double screen, the top screener can do the same thing and flash down low. If he goes off the double screen, you can also have the two screeners screen across for the big, who comes across underneath where you can hit him down low for a layup.
This is a terrific play when you want a three-pointer, especially with time winding down at the end of a quarter or half. Everything is basically the same as before except now we put our two bigs on the same side. In other words, put one big as the bottom player in the free throw line stack. This play is also ideal against man and zone defenses.
Next, the (down low) big pops out and gets the ball. Now the big in the stack pops out to the same side wing as the big with the ball. He passes to the point guard up top. Next, the two bigs screen the nearest players on that same side as the inbounder comes around and sets up beyond the three-point arc for a shot on the wing.
SLOB Play – One
The Set-up: Set up two big men facing the sideline inbounder at just about the free throw line. Get another player behind them on the opposite wing. Also, get another player set up on the nearside low block.
The Action: Start by having the low block guy flash and receive the ball. The passer now sprints either over or under (he can go either way) the flasher with the ball. The two big guys at the free throw line make a double screen away for the wing player. Next there’s a pass to the wing player who curls around the screens and gets to the top of the key for a quick shot.
Note: You can screen a number of ways for that double screen (staggered, etc.). The first guy can also slip to the basket while the other one spaces out to the wing to give the ball handler two more options. This spacing really gives you some outside and inside options.