Ball Screen Finishing Drill

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This drill for finishing off a pick and pop is among the thousands of resources for both coaches and player available from basketballhq.

They have several more videos as well as basketball coaching resource articles.

The Coach in the video is Matt McCall, currently the Head Men’s Coach at The University of Tennessee at Chattanoga. At the time this drill was filmed, he was an Assistant Coach at Florida.

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Ball Screen Finishing Drill

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Chris Holtman Conversion Defense System

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The video is 5 minutes of Chris Holtman going through Butler’s Conversion Defense System.

His system utilizes the 3 rebounders to the offensive glass when the shooter lifts for the shot, along with a fullback and halfback. Coach Meyer called the 3 offensive rebounders the “tailbacks”

Coach Holtman goes into the initial roles for the fullback and halfback.

If you are interested in finding out more about the DVD that the video sample came from, click here:

Chris Holtmann: Stopping the Fast Break – Basketball — Championship Productions, Inc.

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Euroleague Man to Man Plays

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These 2 man to man sets are from Scott Peterman’s 2016-17 Euroleague Playbook.

My hope in presenting plays is that you can take them and change them to fit your own needs or to use to brainstorm ways to get your scorers into positions where they can be effective.

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3 cuts to the corner

2 breaks to the 45 degree angle beyond the 3 point arc.

1 passes to 2 and the cuts over for a return pass/hand off.





5 sets a back screen for 2.

4 cuts just outside the nba slot to be a reversal.






5 sets an on ball screen for 1.

2 cuts to the free throw line extended.






4 runs a dribble hand off with 2.

5 then immediately sets a ball screen for 2.

1 spaces to the opposite wing.




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4 and 5 set a staggered screen for 3.

3 curls the screen.

4 rolls to the block and 5 pops to the perimeter.

1 passes to 5.




1 cuts to the opposite corner.

2 lifts.

4 screens for 3 and 3 cuts around 5 for a dribble hand off.

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EOG Out of Bounds Defense

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Two ideas for special situations from Phil Martelli of St. Joseph’s.

Whether or not you like or agree with the concepts, I hope it stimulates you to think about, plan for, and practice end of game short clock situations that you need to prepare for.

The first situation is an idea for putting two defenders

There are no tactics that work every time and for every team. Desperation strategies fail more often than they succeed, but I have seen enough well coached teams pull out wins to know that it is worth the time to be prepared. I have also seen unprepared teams give away games that they should have won. At this point in the season when you are cutting back on the amount of time that you spend running and jumping in practice, it is a good time to focus on the mental aspects such as Rehearsing End of Game Situations.

If you are interested in finding out more about the DVD that the video sample came from, click here:

Stealing Points by Mastering Special Situations – Basketball — Championship Productions, Inc.

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10 Areas for Player Self Evaluation

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—Excerpted from the book, “Running the Show” by Dick DeVenzio

Posted with permission from PGCBasketball

You can read ways 1-10 at this link: Part 1: 10 Areas for Honest Self Evaluation

Stemming from the need for a standard of personal excellence, I offer a citizenship test or “State of the Person” report card. In brief, here are twenty-one categories or subjects in which I think each person should strive to get an A. In my opinion, all A’s in these would qualify a person to think of himself as approaching excellence as a person in the same way Michael Jordan approached excellence as a basketball player.

How do you measure up?


Are you serious about the things you do and aware of the impact you can have on others and on your own future?

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  • Do you understand that reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are valued throughout the world?
  • How is your eye contact, hand shaking, sentence structure, empathy, expression?
  • Are you taking full advantage of the remarkable powers of sincere, effective communication?


  • Are you giving your body the opportunity to enhance your life via energy level, appearance, strength, sport?
  • Do you maintain a regular regimen of fitness?


  • Are you intelligent, in control, and aware of the consequences of your actions?
  • Do you moderate your own urges as well as your own judgment of others’ actions?


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  • Do you find ways to give away a lot of the things you have so that others can enjoy them?
  • Do you need a lot of material  things to be happy, or are you more interested in getting material things for others?


  • How well do you deal with problems, evaluate opinions, and form your own ideas?
  • What religions have you studied?
  • What foreign or unusual ideas and philosophies have you weighed?
  • Could you help opponents to find some areas of common ground and help solve their problems?


  • How do you respond to other cultures and religions, unusual ideas, unexpected comments, and different tastes in fashion?
  • Do you do anything to try to expand your tolerance and objectivity?


What energy and effort do you bring to subjects you don’t like in school, activities that are new to you, problems that are difficult to solve, and conflicts in your home or among friends?


  • How good are you at overcoming fatigue in school, during homework, and in sports?
  • How good are you at taking criticism?
  • How quick are you to complain or blame?
  • How good are you at taking full responsibility for the circumstances that confront you?
  • Do you control circumstances or do you let them control you?


  • How often and how well do you reach out to include and invite others to show off their talents, express their feelings, and share your friends and interests?

It would be difficult to be too good at this.


  • What would you want the world to see if 60 Minutes broadcasted a documentary report on you?
  • Would you be a terrific role model to the rest of the world if they suddenly got an inside, detailed look at the way you live your life?
  • Would you be proud of what the world would see?

Is it hard to do all these things? You betcha. It’s hard to bring the ball down the court against Gary Payton, contain Allen Iverson and slam dunk on Shaq too. But that’s what Michael Jordan and excellence are all about in basketball. Should excellence as a person be any easier?

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Organizing Your Program

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Dick Bennett Defensive Vision Drill

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This post contains videos of two defensive drills from Matt Woodley.

He is a former assistant for Tony Bennett at Washington State.

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Even if you don’t play a pack style of defense, I hope the videos give you an idea or two as to how you can clarify and teach the system that you play.

You can make adjustments to the rules and requirements of the drill that fit your team.

If you are interested in finding out more about the DVD that the video sample came from, click here:

The Secrets of the Pack Line Defense

Choke the Post Drill


2 on 2 Positioning Drill

In addition to the 2 on 2 drill, Coach Woodley explains a second drill near the end of the video (3:45 mark) he explains a third drill that he calls 3 on 3 freeze.

If you are interested in finding out more about the DVD that the video sample came from, click here:

The Secrets of the Pack Line Defense

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Preparing for End of Game Situations

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This post is reposted from Bob Starkey’s Basketball Coaching Blog,  The post is a few years old.  Coach McGuff is now coaching at Ohio State and Coach Neighbors is now the Head Coach at Washington and just guided them to the 2016 Final 4.

I have been re-reading some stuff given to me some time ago from Mike Neighbors,now an assistant at the University of Washington for Kevin McGuff.  I came across a great passout from Mike and Kevin on End of Game Situations and thought I’d pass it on.  Do you have a strategy for End of Game Situations?  How much thought have you gave it?  The thing I respect about Mike and Kevin is that they are detailed in their approach to all phases of the game — which lead to great success at Xavier and now as they rebuild the program at the University of Washington.  Here are their thoughts on EOGs:

Why is END OF GAME SITUATIONS even a topic for a clinic when we all as coaches know that the first possession after tip-off, or the third possession after the 8:00 media, or the 43rd possession of the game all have the same point value potential?

It’s because everything gets magnified at the END OF THE GAME. Pressure seems greater. Emotions run higher. Coaches have to talk louder in timeouts because everyone in the crowd has stopped text messaging and is now laser locked onto the action. Referee’s huddle and make sure they are all on the same page. The number of in game distractions increase.

It as become evident to me that the teams who are BEST at EOG’s are teams that throughout the course of the game have treated every single possession with the same respect as the very last ones. These teams appear to be oblivious to any of the mentioned distraction and repeatedly execute game winning situations when the pressure is the greatest. They display a composure that others don’t. Their coach has a control that others don’t. Their players demeanor is consistent. They are in character. As a result THEY WIN more than they LOSE!!

Once you establish that approach it is still imperative that you have a plan for implementing and executing. That is where we come up with the D.I.E.

DDevelop your philosophy
  IImplement you strategy
EExecute your tactics


You can attend clinics, buy books, look on-line, or steal from others but to be successful your EOG Philosophy has to be YOURS!!! My grandpa always said “You can’t sell what’s not yours” and he was right. If you don’t believe in it, your players won’t and you’ll LOSE more than you’ll WIN. So utilize all the resources you can to think through as many situations as possible then MAKE THEM YOURS!!!


Are you going to foul on the floor ahead by three points? Does it depend on the time left? Is that time 8 seconds? Is that time 5 seconds?

Are you going to get the ball in your best players hands or use that player as a decoy for option #2? Do you work in practice as if your first option has fouled out already?

Are you going to take a quick two point shot then foul if down three with a certain amount of time?

Are you going to miss a FT on purpose with a lead to force opponent who is out of time outs to rebound and hit a last second shot?

Are you going to run plays that your players already know or draw something up? Are you going to run a “dork” play?

Are you a go with the stats coach? Are you a go with your gut coach? Are you depends-on-the-situation coach?

Are you going to switch all screens? Stay on and play 1-on-1 defense? Trap a ball screen? Change defenses out of the time-out? Show a defense play another defense?

Are you going to put a big player on the inbounds passer or play centerfield?

And the countless other situations that we encounter at the end of game.


Now that you have your philosophy, you must implement the strategy with your players and your team. This is where you determine which players on your rosters can perform certain skills… who can throw it the length of the floor, who can catch that pass, who can dribble from end-line to endline in five seconds, who can create their own shot, who can throw a lob pass at the rim, who can simply inbound the ball safely.

This is how you are going to teach the skills necessary to be successful when pressure and distractions are at their highest level… will you devote time in practice to these situations, will you turn on the PA system to simulate crowd noise, will you stop practice in the most stressful moment and work on an EOG.

This is the plays the you are going to call or the defenses you are going to play to win games in the last few minutes… beg, borrow, steal from the best, find ones that have worked

Some great EOG things I’ve stolen from various coaches:

Throwing tryouts… A coach stood at one end of the court and let players try to throw balls to hit them. Whoever could, was their long throw-in girl.

Set the shot clock to various times and see who can go score 1-0, 1-1, 2-0, 3-0 etc.

Team worked on saving the ball to their own basket and keeping the ball in play as the clock ran down

Keep away in working on not allowing a team to foul ball handler

Dribbling the ball to various spots on the court to call timeouts

Loose ball scramble to work on creating held ball situations and NOT creating held ball situations


Now that you have a philosophy and a strategy, it is time to EXECUTE your tactics to win the game.

Your very first thought should be that HOW you say what you are going to say is just as (if not more so) important as WHAT you say!!! Your demeanor and your tone will be directly reflective of how your team will perform.

Are you talking to them in the same manner?

Are you on the same spot on the floor as you normally are for timeouts?

Are you using a wipe board or not?

Are your assistants scrambling and frantic in your ear?

Are the subs in their ’normal’ huddle mode? (if it’s not how you successfully practiced it, then don’t expect them to perform in the game)

Do you have a method for knowing the number of fouls on each team, who has the possession arrow, have you pointed out in the various arena’s where the game/shot clocks are located?

Do YOU know the situation?

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3 on 3 Drill Series

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These drills were contributed by Marc Skelton, Head Coach for Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx, NY to the FastModel Sports Basketball Plays and Drills Library.

You can also find out more about FastModel Play Diagramming software by clicking this link: FastDraw

Coach Skelton said this about the drill series:

A great drill that simultaneously improves your team and individual players offensively and defensively is a series of 3 on 3 drills.

Offensively, we work on dribble hand-offs, cuts, shooting, passing, catching, screens, and timing.

Defensively, we work on communication and the different ways to defend screens.

I also like this drill because it helps to reduce turnovers.

As with any drill that you see anywhere, if you do feel that you can use it in your program, you should adjust it to fit what you are looking to teach and improve.



3 on 3 Drill Series


A great drill to help reduce turnovers is a modified 3 on 3 (3 dribbles maximum).

It is a great drill with lots of options.

This one is called “3 on 3 down”.

Offense is only allowed to score on pin down screens.





Wings work on using the screen.

The screener works on sealing after he sets the screen.







If the first option is not open 1 sets a down screen for the 4.

Lots of skills are built upon on this drill; moving without the ball, proper screens, what to do after setting a screen and timing, which gets lost in most offseason training.

Also defenses learn how to read the offense.

They can switch, stay, hedge. It forces the offense to get creative.




The next game is “3 on 3 UP”.

This game like “3 on 3 down” allows the offense only to score on back screens.















You can create lots of options from this simple game.

– “3 on 3 high” offense can only score from the high post.

– “3 on 3 GO” offense can use backdoor cuts and dribble handoffs

– 3 on 3 BLUE” Offense has to use a pick and roll to score

-“3 on 3 ORANGE” Offense has to use a pick and pop to score

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Close Quarters Rebounding Drill

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A rebounding drill from Coach Justin Remington, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at San Bernardino Valley College.

Coach Remington is also a basket instructor for PGC.

His Twitter feed is @Coach_JRem

I have a link at the bottom of the post for you to access the entire pdf of his Favorite Practice Drills.

The drill is not game-like, but in my opinion it does simulate inside defenders moving to establish defensive positioning and then having to get rebounding position when a shot is taken.

Hopefully you can tweak it in a way where it can be added to your drillbook.

Or, it can be used as a new drill here in the second half of the season.

There are several ways that you can make the drill competitive: Split into 2s, 3s, split the team into two teams, you stay in on defense until you get 3 rebounds in a row, a point per rebound, see which pair can get the most consecutive rebounds.

Close Quarters Rebounding Drill

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Coach starts with ball under the basket.

x1 and x4 chop their feet until the coach passes to any of the 3 offensive players…

x1 and x4 play scramble defense together as 1, 2 and 3 pass the ball to each other…

Coach yells SHOT and offense shoots and defense MUST go and BLOCK OUT two of the three players













1 passes t o 2

x4 is trying t o get out t o him/her

x1 is dropping ball level

coach yells SHOT

2 shoots

x4 and x1 box out

Coach Remington has a 54 page pdf assembled with Moreno Valley’s Favorite Practice Drills. You can access it by clicking this link: Moreno Valley Practice Drills

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