Author Archive | Michael Austin

High Handoff Increases Options

High Handoff Increases Options

From Wes Kosel, an assistant coach with the Colorado College men’s program in Colorado Springs There are inside options to start, then perimeter-shot options follow in this set utilizing the threat of or an actual handoff to keep the defense guessing. Why use it Defenses are at risk to giving up backdoor cuts and scores […]

Score On The Move

Score On The Move

From Basketball Coach Weekly   Get players continuous reps of running in one direction, then cutting toward the hoop, catching a leading pass and scoring at the rim without putting the ball on the floor.   Why use it   Players need to get into the routine of scoring without constantly dribbling as they are on […]

Sideline Set Nets 3

Sideline Set Nets 3

From Basketball Coach Weekly   An inside double screen with a shooter coming high baits the defense to shift left as one of your screeners flares right for an open 3-point opportunity.   Why use it   Trailing Croatia by four with 17 seconds remaining in the Olympics, Spain’s men’s team ran this sideline play […]

‘X Passing’ Simulates Game Passes

‘X Passing’ Simulates Game Passes

From Rory Hamilton, head girls coach, Norman North High School in Oklahoma   Work on wing entries, post feeds, skip passes and ball reversals in this high-energy drill requiring quick movements and constant motion   Why use it   Passes in practice must look just like the ones you want to use in a game. […]

Build Those ‘Animal’ Instincts

Build Those ‘Animal’ Instincts

From Nancy Jones, head girls coach at Twin Falls High in Idaho   The ‘Animal Drill’ develops the toughness you want combined with the quick-thinking you need for players to continue to improve within your program.   Why use it   Many transition drills feature a set offensive and defensive team. In this drill, the […]

Look For The Long-Distance Lo

Look For The Long-Distance Lob

From Wes Kosel, assistant men’s coach at Colorado College   Going 94 feet in a second or less remaining on the clock is not an easy task — you need to create action going toward the hoop with a lob pass so the shot is a quick one.   Why use it   Unlike the NBA, […]

Try BYU’s Buzzer-Beating Play

Try BYU’s Buzzer-Beating Play

From BYU’s playbook   The Cougars ran this play in an overtime loss to Harvard early last season — try it in your program when you are desperate for a 3-pointer in the waning seconds.   Why use it   Every team needs its go-to plays when a game is on the line. This one […]

Find a body to box out

Find a body to box out

From Derek Brown of CoachTube   The ‘Nearest Man’ Drill teaches players how to control the glass even when there isn’t an opposing player in their immediate vicinity   Why use it   During a game, players may be caught in the paint without an offensive player near them to box out. You still need those defensive […]

Skip Past A 1-2-2

Skip Past A 1-2-2

Constant actions from a Horns set moves a 1-2-2 zone out of position, which allows you to create an open 3-pointer at the top of the key.   Why use it   An aggressive 1-2-2 zone defense can be a nightmare for the opposition. With a top defender slowing the initial action, it is difficult […]