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Practice Ideas

Finishing - Hook Shots

Smaller players often have a difficult time finishing near the basket because their size does not allow them to rise above the defenders. However, in many cases smaller players are quick, good ball-handlers and are able to penetrate consistently. Smaller players need to develop finishes when a defender is near them, and before the defender gets to them. 0The "runner" is shot of choice if the player is able to get the shot away just before a defender gets to them. The "hook" is shot of choice when the driver is going to the basket and a defender is near them. 

1 on 1 Lay-up vs. Defender

At the high school level a high percentage of shots are missed close to the basket.  Players need to learn to score in traffic, against contact, using various finishes from different angles.  Here is a simple drill to help your players improve in their ability to finish.

Dribble Jab into Jumper

As players move up in levels of play many develop many 1 on 1 skills without being taught.  Simply by playing, and experimenting, creative athletes can develop an array of dribble moves that can be more effective than those taught by a coach. The dribble jab is not often taught to players but is extremely effective for a player who can both drive and shoot well. Steve Nash is obviously such a player.

Guide Hand/Arm Position

Coaches need to spend a great deal of time working on improving the shot mechanics of their players.  One of the areas of the shot that often needs attention is the movement of the guide hand and arm.

Developing Touch

If you look closely at the clips of all of these outstanding shooters (Diana Turasi, Ray Allen and Stephen Curry) you will notice their hand "bounces" or "quivers" after the ball is released.  This movement of their hand, at the end of the shot, indicates there is no tension in their fingers, wrist, or forearm. 

Partner Fundamentals with Defenders

At a recent Basketball BC Pre-Season Clinic, Mike Morgan, the Senior Boys' Coach at Carson Graham Secondary showed this drill.  It is an excellent drill to work on the ability to pass through pressure, pivot vs. pressure and get open against pressure.