14-year NBA veteran and current Grand Canyon University head coach, Dan Majerle, runs his “Strong” look in transition when both wings are denied heavily by the defense. This set can help free up a look for a shooter, a roll for a big man, or even a pick and pop for a skilled forward.
Drill Summary: Out of a secondary break look, both wings get to the corners, a post sprints to the basket, and the other post trails the point guard up the floor. When the pass to the ball side wing is denied, the point guard reverses the ball to the trail post, whose first look is to high-low into the other post. If the high-low isn’t there, the ball is reversed again to the wing. After that pass, the point guard and trail post set a stagger screen for the opposite wing, who comes off looking to shoot. If they don’t take the shot, the trail post immediately turns around and sets a ball screen. From there, the post that set the ball screen can either roll or pop, depending on their skillset.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Cut to get open.
2) Set good screens to force the defense to help.
3) Know whether the post is rolling or popping.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Dan Majerle: Pro-Style Transition and Secondary Break.” View other world class Basketball videos!
Andy Enfield, head coach of the USC Trojans and the only coach to lead a 15 seed to the Sweet Sixteen (Florida Gulf Coast in 2013), takes you through his primary transition high ball screen set. This play is great for setting up dribble penetration and opens up the floor for kick outs.
Drill Summary: In a fast break situation, the five man runs the floor to the front of the rim and both wings get to the corners on both sides of the court. The point guard brings the ball past half court with the four man trailing. To begin, the four man sets the high ball screen for the point guard as close to the lane line extended as possible, making sure to angle the screen correctly. The point guard comes off the screen hard, with their first option being the layup at the hoop. If the point guard is cut off, they can either kick to a wing in the corner for a shot, or pass it back out to the four man. The four man looks to high-low, but if that isn’t there, then they can pass to the ball-side wing and immediately set up a two-man game with another ball screen.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Set the initial screen lane line to lane line if possible.
2) Angle the screen where you want the ball handler to go.
3) The five man should get to the weak side block on the initial drive.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Andy Enfield: 20 Quick-Hitting Transition Offense Plays.” View other world class Basketball videos!
Part of what made former Georgetown University defenseman Brodie Merrill so good was his coach’s willingness to put him through offensive drills as well. Developing an all-around game was essential to Merrill’s success, and in this video you’ll learn to dodge in transition – a skill that made Merrill an intimidating presence on the field.
Drill Summary: This drill simulates a defenseman that has just crossed the midline. The drilling player matches up with a defender 1-on-1 and works on three different kinds of dodges: split dodge, bull dodge and face dodge. For the split dodge, the player sells the ball one direction, switches hands to get free then accelerates the other way for a shot. For the bull dodge, the player once again sells the ball one direction before accelerating the other way, but this time they keep the ball in their strong hand. Finally, for the face dodge, the player sells a shot or pass in front of the defender before tucking the stick in front of their face and sprinting past the defenseman. On each dodge, finish the drill with a shot.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Sell moves to create separation.
2) Ball control.
3) Ball protection.
4) Accurate shot on goal.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Brodie Merrill’s ‘Defensive Player of the Year’ Skills and Drills.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!
In order to improve your transition game, you need to implement the mindset of getting the ball up the floor quickly with effective passing. Iowa State University Head Coach, Fred Hoiberg, presents the speed full court drill that works on quickly transitioning up the floor.
Athlete Movement: One player takes the ball out of the net. The person who passed to the scorer on the previous section of the drill will run around the cone in order to keep proper spacing up the floor. The waiting line on the sideline will sprint to the center of the court and receive the pass from the waiting line underneath the basket. This will be continuous until 28 shots are made.
Drill Summary: The goal of this drill is to make 28 shots. You can time your players to beat their best record of shots made in two minutes. Each time the goal has to be at least 28 and they can still try to match or beat their best.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Open Practice: Skill Development and Practice Drills.” View other world class Basketball videos!
Geno Auriemma is the current women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In this segment, Coach Auriemma promotes transition basketball and focuses on passing while on the move.
Athlete Movement: Each player must call out the name of the teammate he or she is passing to. Once the three players in the drill reach the opposite baseline, it is 3 vs. 0 coming back on offense. The player in the middle is the ball handler. The other two players in the drill are running the wings at full speed. When the ball handler reaches the top of the key the ball handler will jump stop and bounce pass to one of the wings for a layup.
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