(video) Drill to tighten handles and score and react off the bounce

(video) Drill to tighten handles and score and react off the bounce

I'm always challenging myself to come up with drills that will prepare my players to be effective offensive players at the highest level. I love this drill because it addresses many advanced skill levels at the same time. 

It addresses players dribbling with their eyes up, having a tight handle, having efficient foot work and change of speed, developing and maintaining offensive rhythm, anticipating and reading defenders and scoring and finishing off of the bounce at game speed.

In the drill we go players go down hill full speed taking a dribble covering as much ground as possible full speed and with out stopping or slowing down they will then dribble between their legs and then go behind their backs into a series of finishes and jump shots. The final stage of the drill the players have to read a defender as the come out of their behind the back dribble. Players must keep their eyes up the entire time and as they dribble they must keep their feet moving the entire time.

I have seen players make transformational changes with this drill in their handle, change of speed and confidence in ability to score in tight spaces.

Featured in this video is Q Rock a rising freshman at Smoky Hill (CO), Drick Bernstine a 6'9 junior forward at the University of North Dakota,  Josh Perkins a 6'2 sophomore point guard at Gonzaga University and Eric Garcia a 6'0 senior point guard at Wofford.

(Video) Dwayne Wade Go To Moves courtesy of BBALL Breakdown

(Video) Dwayne Wade Go To Moves courtesy of BBALL Breakdown

Bard College Men's Head Coach Adam Turner joins BBALL BREAKDOWN to go in depth on the moves that Dwyane Wade uses to maximum effect.

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(Video)Develop the mental IQ and physical skills to finish drives with midrange scoring

(Video)Develop the mental IQ and physical skills to finish drives with midrange scoring

You must develop the physical skills and the mental IQ to develop and recognize mid-range finishes when driving to the basket. High school players and younger have grown accustomed to finishing with uncontested layups when driving to the basket. If those players wait until they play at a high level to develop the skills it’s going to be a tough adjustment period. I’d suggest that those players are proactive and study and rep out mid-range finishes.

1/6 The player with the ball is no threat, so defenders are only committed to their man. Very similar to high school or lower levels.

1/6 The player with the ball is no threat, so defenders are only committed to their man. Very similar to high school or lower levels.

2/6 As the driver begins down hill towards the basket help defenders take notice.

2/6 As the driver begins down hill towards the basket help defenders take notice.

3/6 even the defender furthest away from the basket is aware and ready to rotate.

3/6 even the defender furthest away from the basket is aware and ready to rotate.

 
5/6 At the highest levels the bigs are alert, mobile, big and athletic paint protectors.

5/6 At the highest levels the bigs are alert, mobile, big and athletic paint protectors.

4/6 The ball side defender stays attached to the ball side wing, which is common. He doesn’t want to give up a rhythm 3.

4/6 The ball side defender stays attached to the ball side wing, which is common. He doesn’t want to give up a rhythm 3.

 
6/6 The entire defense rotated on the drive to force a turnover.

6/6 The entire defense rotated on the drive to force a turnover.

Playing on the third side of the floor (video) Bill Self & Frank Martin

Playing on the third side of the floor (video) Bill Self & Frank Martin

Kansas coach is frequently emphasizing "getting to the third side of the floor." As Frank Martin of South Carolina explains, if you can't attack early before the defense sets its defense then he hopes his team can either get a post touch and play inside out &/or get the ball to the third side. 

Here's the logic:

🏀Self will spend most days hammering home a point about ball movement, emphasizing that his team get the ball to the “third side” of the court. In translation: If Kansas can reverse the ball threes times in a possession, Self believes they’ll be in better position to take advantage of an opposing defense. 

🏀"That’s his big thing,” said sophomore Brannen Greene, who is shooting 50.9 percent from three-point range this season. “(It’s) getting the ball to the third side. Once you do that, it gives the defense a chance to break down, and that’s when they’re most vulnerable, and we can attack from there.”

🏀Frank Martin said on the Doug Gottlieb show that he either wants to score early (before the defense can set their defense) or late. 

🏀Martin explained, "If we have to play against a set defense we don't want to take a three unless the ball touches the paint and we want to get the ball to the third side of the floor."

🏀"Playing on the third side, means you make the defense go from help to strong side three different times, which creates separation, and then you attack it." Frank Martin

Frank Martin explains the significance of playing on the third side of the floor.

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Down hill hesitation dribble on the run (video) w/Jayson Tatum & Frank Mason III

Down hill hesitation dribble on the run (video) w/Jayson Tatum & Frank Mason III

 

 

🏀Defense is all about timing, while offense is all about rhythm. Proper use of the hesitation dribble allows the offensive player to maintain rhythm while disrupting the defenders timing.

 

🏀If you can get down hill before getting into your dribble hesitation it’s even more effective because the defender is already on its heels.

 

🏀After your hesitation work on being able to find your fastest gear to exploit to relaxed defender

 

🏀Rep out hard quick and tight cross overs in to quick pull ups   ( see Tatum’s pull up)

 

🏀Rep out exploding into advanced finishes out of the hesitation (see Mason’s wrong foot scoop)

Faith: God’s Vision > your dreams

Faith: God’s Vision > your dreams

There’s a difference between God’s vision and your dreams. Your dreams can be about you and you alone, but the visions that God places in your mind and in your heart are soooooooo much bigger than you. I say God places visions in your heart because you can feel a God placed vision in your heart and soul. That’s what allows us to move forward with conviction into the destiny God has for us, even during the most adverse of times when we don’t see success. During those times it’s God’s vision that we can feel when we can’t see it that drives us towards our destiny.

It is important that as we pursue our God placed visions that we never lose sight of Him and His purpose for having us pursue what we are pursuing. When we lose sight of the why we will lose our focus and our confidence. We will become stressed and will not enjoy the journey along the way.

God would never give us a vision without the resources and abilities needed to fulfill the vision, however, we must also know that God’s visions are far too large to be carried out through our own power, we can only fulfill them through His power. We must operate under the notion, that the bigger the vision, the closer we have to be connected to Him, the more frequent a part need to be in His presence and the more urgently we need to seek Him.

As for me personally, I have felt for more than 6 months that God wanted me to leave my job. This was tough because there were many aspects of my job that were unpleasant, but other aspects of my job were basically my unicorn job. Working with Chauncey Billups at this state of the art sports facility equipped with an NBA court with floor to ceiling windows that looked out to the Rocky Mountains. I was able to work with Spalding at the NBA All-Star game, hosting camps with NBA stars Chris Paul, DeMar Derozan and Chauncey, and staring in Spalding interactive training videos! Of all the blessings that I enjoyed working there, by far the best was being mentored and developed as a basketball educator by Chauncey!

As great as those things were, I knew that a change had to be made. I felt I was living out my dreams, while these dreams were wondrous I knew I was not carrying out God’s visions for my life, talents, and career. I wanted to carry them out, but there was no way I could fulfill the expectations the powers that be had for me and carry out God’s visions as well. (Chauncey Billups is not apart of the powers that be and has always supported my commitment to my faith.)

God gave me talent, a platform, and resources to help others first, not to make as much money as I can and then if I have time left over help others. I know that making money and professional advancement will take care of itself (it always has). I also know God is so amazing that through Him I can have my cake and eat it too. What I mean by that is it’s been my experiences that if I stay convicted to God’s visions that I also get to live out and experience God’s visions as well, and His smallest vision for my life is bigger than my biggest dreams.

There come moments in our journey where God places a fork in the road and we have to decide if we are going to settle for living out our small, selfish and shallow dreams or, are we going to navigate with bold conviction to relentlessly pursue God’s vision for us. His vision will allow us to not only experience many incredible blessings, but will also enable us to leave a lasting legacy for God and through God that will still have an impact long after we depart Earth… you only live once, but legacies last forever.

I’d love to sit up here and act as I have always made the boldly convicted decision to follow God’s vision when faced with fork’s in the road, but I’d be lying. Often times, as in the case with this job I chose the wrong direction and when I did God dropped a roadblock and forced me to navigate on the road He ordained for me to travel on. As we reflect back we frequently thank God for the doors that God had opened for us, but we also should take time and thank Him for the doors He slammed shut as well.

(Video) Work on shooting with different types of footwork into your shot

(Video) Work on shooting with different types of footwork into your shot

To prepare yourself to play at a high level, you must be diverse with your footwork and the position from which you shoot. You must work on hoping into your shot, one-two’n into your shot even one-two’n into your shot with the wrong foot.

As we are developing professional players, we make sure they get reps with various types of footwork and are shooting from different positions.

This clip illustrates my point. At the conclusion of our reps, we will read a defender and react accordingly.

-As I received the ball off of the Iverson cut I ripped through and sold the drive.
– The defender overcommitted to stopping the drive, which allowed me to rhythm into the jump shot
– I had to be ready and comfortable going into my shot. I had no time to bring my foot back, or stop my rip and set my shot. If I did a live defender would have recovered and taken away my shot.
– I also changed tempos in mid-rip to take defenders timing away, which gave me more time and space.

(Video) Work on shooting with different types of footwork into your shot

(Video) Transition fundamentals of a running finish with Frank Mason

(Video) Transition fundamentals of a running finish with Frank Mason

It's important as a developing player you pay attention to fundamentals of such a skilled finish. Often, as in the case in this clip elite players make high-level moves look so easy that we can convince ourselves it's easy.

This is not an easy finish; you must be equipped with:
- ability to change speeds
-go from acceleration in one step into deceleration in the next
-great body control
-great footwork
-great touch (which allows you t shoot on the run)

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(Video) Snaking ball screen, and engaging defender with Frank Mason

(Video) Snaking ball screen, and engaging defender with Frank Mason

We are emphasizing opportunities to snake ball screens or dribble handoffs. As you can see in the clip with Frank Mason of Kansas:
- effectively snakes the screen with patience
- finds the defenders body behind him
-engages the defender defending the ball screen
-makes the right read with the lob to the roller

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(Video) Change of Speed footwork drill w/ Jimmer Fredette

(Video) Change of Speed footwork drill w/ Jimmer Fredette

In order to work on Jimmer Fredette’s change of speed and getting his shot of quicker off the bounce we used a Spalding training aid to accelerate the development process.

  • I studied Damian Lillard’s transition pull ups
  • We warmed up with the footwork I broke down, slow dribble into an explosive stutter step
  • Similar to Lillard, Jimmer likes to use a bulldog crossover to rhythm into the pull up
  • The bulldog allows you to really be manipulative with your change of speed
  • We then did did the same slow to fast action in to pull ups
  • After we repped it out with the Spalding Lateral Resistor with weights we did the same with out the Spalding Training Aid
  • We concluded with Jimmer reading me and reacting accordingly out of the same action

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(Video) Jimmer’s Transition 3 workout prep

(Video) Jimmer’s Transition 3 workout prep

This is my second summer training Jimmer Fredette. Jimmer is determined to solidify himself on an NBA team and be a prominent guard in the teams normal rotation.

It’s an honor to be apart of the team of talented people that is going to assist him in his quest. As a player developer for NBA players your development must be tailored made for your client.

In Jimmer’s case he’s an electrifying scorer and a pure shooter. Similar to Steph Curry or Dame Lillard he is an amazing shooter off of the bounce from deep distances. Many NBA teams are focused on playing with pace and they emphasize threes. With Jimmer’s skill set he will be an ideal fit.

Our focus this week is the transition three off of the dribble. We are going to work on finishing with fast feet into pull-ups as well as playing at dramatically different speeds. In order to prepare I studied Damian Lillard’s transition threes.

-Clip 1
Lillard subtlety decelerates to get the defense to relax and then abruptly fires his feet to catch the defense off guard and explodes into a pull up three.

-Clip 2
Lillard pushes at a medium controlled speed before slightly raising with his eyes on the rim on a hesitation dribble before exploding into paint. Going into the move he knew an immobile big was attempting to stop him so he knew he could go at slower pace before exploding.

-Clip 3
He begins with pushing the ball at a medium controlled pace. As he approaches the three point line he makes a nonchalant cross over into his inside hand which appears harmless and again gets the defense to relax as the ball hits his inside hand he gives a hard stutter step that again catches the defense off guard and allows him to get a clean rhythm three.

-Clip 4
He gears down and locates the rim and again on the hesitation fires his feet before locating the rim with his eyes to get the defense to raise and then attacks the paint

-Clip 5
He pushes down hill pretty hard and his last few steps are even faster which allows him to read the defense, even though they are faster he makes significantly shorter strides which gets him under control going at a faster pace.

-Clip 6
Might just be the most impressive. As the ball is being swung to him he catches it a slower pace on purpose with his eyes on the rim, which gives the illusion to the defender that they can close out slow with their hands up and their hips higher. As soon as he touches the ball he explodes past the defender that was expecting a slow three point shot attempt.

-Clip 7
He sales a pull up with a subtle hesitation dribble with his eyes on the rim, before exploding into a quick and tight in and out crossover dribble.

-Clip 8
Pushes at a medium pace raises to sell a shot and again explodes into a fast in and out behind the back cross over in a really tight space. Notice how he is not afraid to accelerate at the point of attack going into the in and out and how shifty he is with his shoulders. I also love the high finish of the glass.

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How to split ball screens w/ Chauncey Billups (video)

How to split ball screens w/ Chauncey Billups (video)

Once you establish yourself as a good jump shooter off of the bounce, The defender guarding the player who sets the screen is not going to allow you to come off the ball screen and get a clean look for a jump shot.

As a result often times they will over hedge and open up space for you to split. You have to be mindful of what the defender thinks about when he sees you coming off of a ball screen. If you are coming off of the ball screen hard and you are a good shooter off of the dribble you should be prepared for him to over hedge. “I know when I come off of the screen if the big is hedgeing that more than likely he will hedge too hard because he is afraid of me pulling up” Jimmer Fredette told me during one of our workouts.

Splitting ball screens is equal part feel and equal part skill. Obviously you develop the feel by film study, discussing the topic with other coaches and players, game like drill work (see the above video) and in game experience. As you do these things you will be able to anticipate the split and see it as it is happening.

The skills needed to effectively split ball screens at a high level include:

  • a tight handle
  • dribble with your head up in order to see it and anticipate
  • ability to make a hard cross over and control it close to your body
  • ability to accelerate at the point of contact (while being under control think Russ Westbrook)
  • efficient change of direction
  • ability to be deceptive with your eyes and body language (think Chris Paul)
  • ability to decelerate after the split (so you want get an offensive foul)
  • high level finishes (running floaters, running one leg jump shots, using the glass)

The better your feel and skill the smaller the window needed to split!

Nick Graham Player Development

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IG: @DreamLiveBallNick

What to do when you get down hill (video)

What to do when you get down hill (video)

(click the title to read more!)When attacking downhill off of the bounce you must first develop and then trust your instincts. I believe that if you get an angle to get down hill on a drive inside of the three point line you should be able to create one of the following; a clean look for a paint finish, create space for a jump shot, draw a foul or collapse the defense to create a rhythm 3 or a close out for you teammate.

I’m the underdog and so is Eric Garcia (video)

I’m the underdog and so is Eric Garcia (video)

(click the title to read more!)I’m an underdog. I will always be an underdog and navigate through life with an underdogs mentality. I am motivated to overcome and achieve so that I can inspire other underdogs to not live down to expectations that others who do not see what we underdogs can achieve. I am a firm believer that greatness begins internally before it bears fruit externally. My job is to create the internal belief of greatness in the underdogs God has placed in my life. Underdogs like Eric Garcia.

Ball Screen 101: Stopping and feeling the defender off the ball screen

Ball Screen 101: Stopping and feeling the defender off the ball screen

(click the title to read more!)If the screeners defender is dropping, or maybe you are a good shooter so they can’t go under, or maybe its just sloppy coverage and your defender comes over the top of the screen, but lets you get in front of him. Check out Cory Joesph of the Toronto Raptors in this clip. Once he knows his defender is behind him he stops and waits to feel the defender.

Damian Lillard Breakdown (video)

Damian Lillard Breakdown (video)

(click the title to read more!)Tough hard nosed player that plays like he has to prove himself. That’s dangerous for opponents with a player with the skill level he has. Very savvy and has great feel. His skill set allows him to have an answer for however you play him. He can shoot from deep, he’s fast and athletic with amazing body control, he has a great handle and he plays a dramatically different gears.