Coach Don Kelbick has had 27 years of coaching experience, 25 at the college level including 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as a Division I assistant including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College, and Florida International University. In 2 years as a high school coach, his teams produced 6 Division I players and was ranked #1 in Florida 28 out of a possible 34 weeks. In addition to coaching he has scouted for NBA teams, including the Knicks and the Hawks, and served as a general manager in the USBL.
Down screens are an especially dangerous action for any offense. Properly timed and spaced, they create real problems for any defense.
It is important to create a philosophy and practice actions necessary to defend the down screen that fits with your overall defensive philosophy.
Corner Break Shots is a shooting drill that simulates running the break, receiving the ball and taking a shot from the corner
In Dive Down, Duck In, we simulate one of the ways to get open in the post. Once position is established, creating a lane to receive the ball becomes the priority
Using the drop steep to turn away from pressure is another application to a piece of footwork that is traditionally thought of as low post play. Here, it is used in the middle of the lane to counter defensive pressure.
Drop Step Dribble Drop Step is a great application of the drop step footwork in the post. It leads to a counter step theat is very difficult to defend
"Post Feed/Spot Up/Seal" is a great multi-purpose drill for multiple players. It includes multiple skills and situations which allows it to be very efficient work. Ball handling, passing, shooting and post play are all aspects of the drill.
Ball screens have progressed from the days when I was a kid ("Set a screen for me so I can get my shot") to an intricate action that can show up at any time in any offense. They are used as offensive entry actions, space creators and most importantly to control matchups. They have been part of basketball since Dr. Naismith hung his peach baskets in the Springfield, Ma. YMCA and invented the game. Since Michael Jordan changed the game to a "matchup and isolate" game, ball screens have become a bigger and bigger part of the game. If you don't learn how to defend them, you are at a severe disadvantage.
This footwork series simulates a "dive down," one of the 4 ways for post players to establish postion in the post. A "dive down" is when the post player, either in transtioning from defense to offense or as a part of an offensive opportunity, finds himself on the perimeter needing to establish inside position.
Working on the fast break by using only the half court is a very efficient way to work. You can get a high number of intense repetitions and really get a good simulation for skill development. In Fast Break Low Post Option, we simulate a post player running the break, cutting to the low post, recieving the ball and executing an offensive move at the end of the break.
2 on 1 Fast Break Drill is an extremely efficient way to practice the skills and decision making necessary to effectively run a 2 on 1 break. Working it in the half court allows for more players to be involved and get more repetitions.