Pinch Post Inside Pivot Sweep Hook (Video)

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In this action, we make and inside pivot and then counter with a sweep move into a hook shot from the "Pinch Post".

The hook shot could be the most devistating shot in basketball.  When properly executed, the hook shot can be unguardable.

Post players who can operate high in the lane, up and around the elbows (otherwise known as the "Pinch Post"), can greatly increase their effectiveness, even if they don't feel comfortable shooting from that range. Good footwork allow a player to expand his game, even without expanding his other skills.

The hook shot, when combined with great footwork can create a post player that is unstoppable.

To work on this move


Shooter starts under the basket.
There is some type of ball delivery on each wing. It could be a passer, a Toss Back, etc.

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If none of those are available, you can place a chair or other type of ball tee outside each elbow. You can put a ball on each chair or, after shooting, the shooter must touch the ball to the chair before the next shot.

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Shooter makes a cut to the elbow and recieves the ball.

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Upon recieving the ball, the shooter makes an "outside foot inside pivot," which turns him to the inside of the lane.

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After the inside pivot, the shooter makes a "sweep" counter step, being careful to put the ball on the floor before he lifts his pivot foot, takes 1 power dribble and steps into his hook shot.
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After his shot, shooter rebounds the ball and attacks from the other side.

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Emphasis in this drill is proper footwork. Pivoting with the correct foot, taking care that the ball is on the floor before lifting the pivot foot and getting back to the "shooting foot" for the shot.



Don Kelbick

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.