12 Things That GREAT Shooters Do
After many years of working with some of the best shooters in the world, I have learned that not everyone shoots the same way. However, there are some common threads, mostly mental, that run through with all great shooters.
Shooting from the high post opens up a world of possibilities.
Here, we make a diagonal cut to the high post and:
1. Inside pivot jump shot
2. Attack the overplay with a backdoor cut and a front pivot jump shot
3. Beat the help with a step through counter and attack the basket.
A common post activity is to screen away for the opposite post and peel back to the ball. If the cutter goes high, the peel back is low. If the cutter goes low, the peel back is high.Here we work on peel back options and footwork. It's also a sneaky way to work in some conditioning.
Fast Break Low Block, Block to Block provides great opportunity to work on conditioning, fast break and low post play all in one drill. Simulating a fast break action, shooter runs up the floor and then turns to attack the basket on the break. Shooter makes a diagonal cut to the block, as if on the break, receives the ball for his shot in the low post. Shooter then makes a block to block cut, as if the ball was reversed, and receives a pass for a second low post play. A great conditioner.
If you are going to coach, at some point, you will be in the situation where you have the ball out of bounds with little time left on the clock and need a 3. What do you do?
In all the years I have been coaching, I have met a lot of people, learned a lot of basketball and have seen a lot of games.
I am always getting calls and messages asking my opinion, answering questions and mentoring other coaches. Most of the discussions center around X’s and O’s. We discuss offenses, defenses, plays, etc. I have come to realize that the X’s and O’s are such a small part, and probably the least important part of coaching. I know that is heresy, for a coach to say plays aren’t important and it’s not that they are not important, but in my experience I have found many other things to be more important.