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NewsThe cutter, O1, starts one step outside the 3 pt. line and the defender one step inside the 3 pt. line. A passer in on the opposite wing with a ball. There are players or, ideally, coaches standing one step on either side of the cutter.The drill begins when one of the coaches puts out his hand. This keys the defender to touch the outstretched hand and the cutter to cut. The cutter must read the defender either face cut or back cut based on which is put out.The drill gives the opportunity for the cutter to read the defender and make the appropriate cut. It also gives the passer to anticipate the cut. The passer should be watching the movement of the defender as he/she should do in a game. Based on the defender's movement the passer can anticipate the cut by the cutter.Anticipation is better than reaction - this drill gives an opportunity to anticipate the movement by reading the defender.
Here is a great drill from former Canada Basketball Technical Director, Renato Pasquali, to help develop the skill of reading the defender.
The cutter begins outside the 3pt. line at the wing, the defender inside the 3 pt. line in front of the cutter, a passer on the opposite wing with a ball and two coaches, or players, one big step on either side of the cutter. The drill begins when one of the coaches puts out his hand. This keys the defender to move and touch the outstretched hand. When the defender moves to touch the outstretched hand it opens up a path for the cutter. The cutter reads this and cuts tight by the defender into the open path. The cutter will either face cut or back cut based on which hand is put out. When the player cuts he/she will receive a pass for a lay-up as the defender attempts to recover and prevent the lay-up. Coaches must teach the cutter to go tight by the defender to take away the time and space has to recover.
The drill gives the opportunity for the cutter to read the defender and make the appropriate cut. It also gives a chance for the passer to anticipate the cut. The passer should be watching the movement of the defender, as he/she should do in a game. Based on the defender's movement, the passer can anticipate which direction the cutter should go, and therefore deliver a quicker pass.
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