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3 on 0 Circle Movement Shooting from the Wing
5/26/2016, 7:00am CDT
By Matt Monroe

The following is from Matt Monroe, Head Boys' Basketball Coach, Saint Ignatius College Prep:

• The basketball can start on either wing
• Players rotate one line to their right
• The player with the ball on the wing starts in triple threat position and makes a move towards the lane
• On the first dribble, the ball handler's teammates react to his action and move along the three point line to space the floor (circle movement in the Read and React Offense)
• If the ball handler dribbles to the right, the perimeter players move to the right. If the ball handler dribbles to the left, the perimeter players move to the left.
• The ball handler passes to the either player on the perimeter

• The player that receives the pass makes an extra pass to the other perimeter player for a shot.

Triple T Drill
5/22/2016, 7:15am CDT
By Tom Kleinschmidt

The following is from Tom Kleinschmidt, Head Boys' Basketball Coach, DePaul Prep:

• The coach passes to #2
• x1 and x2 are in tandem
• On the pass, the closest player (x2) closes out and x1 drops in the help position to guard #3
• #2 shoots the ball with x1 and x2 blocking out and rebounding the ball
• The coach passes to #2 who returns the pass to the coach
• The coach drives to the basket
• x1 and x2 rotate accordingly
• The coach makes a bounce pass to #3 who shoots it
• x1 and x2 block out and rebound
• Coach passes to #2 who dribbles to the middle and passes back to the coach
• x1 stunts and recovers to the coach
• The coach passes to #3 for a shot
• x2 must recover to #3
• x1 and x2 block out and rebound
• The coach passes to #2
• #2 skips the ball to #3 for the shot
• x1 and x2 rotate, block out, and rebound

Mustang Drill
5/19/2016, 7:00am CDT
By Nick LoGalbo

The following is from Nick LoGalbo, Head Boys' Basketball Coach, Lane Tech High School:

• We begin 3 on 3 and run through an action.
• Here we are running a fade screen (or an up from the 2 man side).
• We will discuss how we defend and on the action we will go live.
• We can run several actions so we can learn how to defend.
• We can go stagger, cross screen down screen, pick and roll, etc.
• From that action, we get into conversion.
• On a make the ball must be inbounded, on a miss we are in Flash vs. Rambo.
• Two offensive players come in from baseline, two defensive players come in FT line extended.
• As they are converting, they must sprint and touch baseline.

Florida 4 on 4 Drill
5/12/2016, 7:30am CDT
By Tom Kleinschmidt

The following is from Tom Kleinschmidt, Head Boys' Basketball Coach, DePaul Prep:

  1.  x4 stops the ball as x2 and x3 sprint back and rotate to the lane
  2. One the pass to the wing: x2 rotates out, x3 rotates over, x4 rotates down, and x1 rotates to the passer
Coaching Points
  1. Emphasize "fake and fall" technique
  2. Closeout - no middle drives
  3. No lay-ups
  4. Block out in transition

8 Point Defensive Drill
5/09/2016, 7:45am CDT
By Billy Pitcher

The following is from Billy Pitcher, Head Boys' Basketball Coach, Lake Zurich High School:

Players needed: 3, Balls: 1, Basket: 1

Begin with 1 offensive player at the top of the key, 1 offensive and 1 defensive player on the wing.

  1. Wing denial: Ball at top of key, defender is guarding at the wing with outside hand in passing lane, sliding & denying their man the ball.
  2. Help on drive: Ball at top of key still and defender stunts from the wing to help. (We teach full help comes from the post spot so this is just a stunt, can be taught as full help)
  3. Post denial: Ballhandler dribbles over to the wing and defender plays post D. He will ¾ then move to full front when the ball goes below the FT line.
  4. Baseline drive help: Offensive player without the ball runs to opposite wing, ballhandler drives and you must give help and stop the drive. Ballhandler keeps their dribble and pulls back to wing when stopped.
  5. Closeout: Ballhandler skips to opposite wing and the defender closes out high hands, low hips. Offensive player pivots, defender traces the ball.
  6. Bump the Cutter: Ball is skipped back to the wing, defender just into help position then defendeds a hard cut to the ball by bumping & bodying the offensive player cutting.
  7. Showing on Ballscreen: The cutter goes to set a wing ball screen. The defender will show out on the screen however you want to teach; hard show, feather, sink or switch.
  8. Defending a Ballscreen: Ball is swung back to the wing and the defender is now on the ball, forcing the ballhandler to use the screen and goes over the top.

- Repeat the drill on the other side of the floor. 3 guys to a basket, rotate from ballhandler to defender to offensive player.

Reading Your Defender
5/07/2016, 7:00am CDT
By Brian Johnson

The following is from Brian Johnson, Head Boys Basketball Coach, West Aurora High School:

Players need to learn how to play basketball after an initial play breaks down.  As coaches, we can only control a certain amount of what happens on the court.  The rest is up to our players to react.  Attached are a few simple drills that help to teach players when to make the correct cut depending on how they are guarded.

There are a few rules that the cutter needs to be aware of in order to make the correct cut:

  1. The defender will dictate what cut to make.
  2. A cut always starts with the offensive man bringing his/her defender away from the ball.
    • If the offensive man is located on the wing, he/she should bring his/her defender towards the baseline.
    • If the offensive man is located at the guard spot, he/she should cut towards the weak side wing position before attacking the screen.
    • The screener is as important as the cutter.
  3. For the first cut, the cutter always looks to make a curl cut.  Once he/she meets the screener, they both will then decide how the cutter’s defender is going to guard the screen.  This is when the cutter will decide which type of cut to execute.

List of Drills:

1. Chair Reads

Chair Reads
  1. Each player must go through five perfect cuts.
  2. No basketball is needed for this drill.
  3. Defense is to play "dumbie" defense.
  4. For each cut the defense must really dictate to the offense what type of cut they need to make by how they guard the offensive man.
  5. The proper cut is started with the offensive man bringing his defender towards the baseline.
  6. Every cut by the offensive man is finished at the basket.
Curl Cut
  1. The defender rides the offensive mans hip.
  2. With the defender following, the offensive man makes a hard curl.
  3. The offensive man runs his defender into the chair and finishes his/her cut at the basket.
Fade Cut
  1. The defender rides the offensive mans hip to the chair and then ducks under the chair to beat the curl.
  2. With the defender going under the chair, the offensive man pushes off of the chair and fades to the 3-pt line.
  3. It is important that the offensive man gets his/her feet set and has his/her hands ready once he/she is at the 3-pt line.
Back Cut
  1. The defender beats the offensive man to the chair so that he/she doesn't get beat by both the curl or fade cuts.
  2. With the defender going over the top of the chair, the offensive man "swims" his/her arm through and makes a back cut to the basket.

2. 2-on-2 Perfect Reads

2-on-2 Perfect Reads
  1. The offensive team must make 5-perfect reads.
  2. The defense needs to really dictate which cut the cutter should be making by over emphasizing how they will defend the screen.
  3. On the fifth perfect read the offense will then try to score.
  4. Each time the offense will reset and make a pass to the coach.
2-on-2 Perfect Reads
  • #1 makes a pass to coach.
  • #2 brings his/her defender towards the sideline.
  • As the screen takes place the cutter's defender will dictate what cut the offensive player makes.
  • If it is the correct read the coach will make a pass to either the cutter or the screener.
  • The drill will begin again with the offensive players getting back into its original set.

3. 2-on-2 on the Side

2-on-2 on the Side
  • Similar to "2-on-2 Perfect Reads," but the action is live from the first pass.
2-on-2 on the Side
  1. The drill is started with a pass to the coach.
  2. Defense is "live."
  3. At any time the offense can use the coach as a person to pass to.
  4. If you score you stay on offense.

4. 3-on-3 on the Side

3-on-3 on the Side
  • This drill is a progression from "2-on-2 on the Side."
3-on-3 on the Side
  1. Play can be started with either a pass to the coach or with #3 setting a back screen for #2.
  2. Action is live.
  3. At any time the coach can call for the ball to reset the offense.
  4. If you score you stay on offense.
3-on-3 on the Side - Continued

5. 4-on-4 No Post

4-on-4 No Post
  • This drill is done with the offense not being allowed to make a post-up pass.
  • All scoring takes place off of the offense that is created by the cutter and screener.
4-on-4 No Post
  1. #1 has the decision of waiting for #2 and #3 to create action or he/she can pass to the coach and then look to screen for #3
  2. The offense looks to have proper spacing making sure that the three shaded areas are filled at all times, suring play, so that a reversal can be made.
  3. At any time the offense can pass to coach. 4. If you score you stay on offense.
* We will also play "4-on-4 Cut Throat" out of this drill. We time it and the team that has the most points scored wins.
4-on-4 No Post
  • Here is a look at some action that may occur during the drill.
4-on-4 No Post - Continued
4-on-4 No Post - Continued

*Another great drill that works on spacing, screening, and cutting is called “50 Great Screens.” This is a nice competitive drill that not only works on offense, but also forces the defense to be more aggressive.

50 Great Screens:

  1. 5-on-5 full court drill.
  2. Start the drill with a jump ball at center court.
  3. The offense is awarded 1-point for the combination of a great screen, the cutter reading his/her defender correctly and making the correct cut, and the screener then going opposite of the cutter.  If that combination is not all correct, 1-point is not awarded.  The coach makes this decision.
  4. The offense can also score 1-point for a made basket.  If the basket is an uncontested lay-up, then the offense receives 5-points.  When the offense scores ,they get to keep the ball and continue to play offense.
  5. The offense can lose points for a turnover (5-points deducted from score).
  6. The defense can earn 1-point per deflection.
  7. Transition on missed baskets and turnovers.
  8. The first team to score 50-points wins.

If you have any questions about the above information or drills, you can contact me at

Save Your Buddy Free Throws
5/01/2016, 9:00am CDT
By Jason Dycus

The following is from Jason Dycus, Head Girls' Basketball Coach, Naperville North High School:

• Groups of 3 at each basket.
• They are shooting a 1-1 scenario.
• If they miss the first one they have two down and backs.
• If they make the first, miss the second, the next person in their group can save them.
• If the next person misses their first, the partner before (that missed) has to run a down and back, the second partner has to run two down and backs for missing.

Kentucky Continuous Action Drill
4/27/2016, 7:00am CDT
By Tom Kleinschmidt

The following is from Tom Kleinschmidt, Head Boys' Basketball Coach, DePaul College Prep:

• Defenders guard against curl cuts off down screens
• Action is continuous on both sides
• No shots
• Guard flare screens
• Action is continuous on both sides
• No shots

Clemson Closeout Drill
4/21/2016, 6:45am CDT
By Andrew Weber

The following is from Andrew Weber, Head Men's Basketball Coach, Rockford University:

• Start with the zig-zag drill to half court
• Offense rolls the ball to the next player in line and spints to close out
• Zig-zag is repeated

Silver Streaks Ball Handling Improvement Workout
4/18/2016,7:00am CDT
By Mike Reynolds

The following is from Mike Reynolds, Head Boys' Basketball Coach, Galesburg High School: