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PERIMETER PLAYER DEVELOPMENT DRILLS
During my time as an assistant coach at William Jewell College, we were
fortunate to have great players, especially those who could hit shots from the
perimeter. Players such as Kyle Fisher, Jonathan Benson, and Craig Mattson
were critical to our success in that they could hit either three-point shots or
mid-range jump shots, considered by many coaches as a lost art.
We were able to get players to hit mid-range jumpers and three-point shots
thanks to our outstanding perimeter player development drills we used during
practice. We had an outstanding perimeter player coach in our assistant
coach John Davenport and a former guard in our head coach Larry Holley who had
taken the time to develop drills designed to develop better perimeter players.
Using some of the drills that I have learned from both Coaches Davenport and
Holley, I have designed some drills that will improve perimeter players in their
basic fundamentals that will only take ten minutes per practice session daily to
improve perimeter play as well as some variations on basic drills that can be
used to make your guards and forwards playing on the perimeter better perimeter
Fundamentals to Develop
From Bob Knight's book on basketball coaching he wrote with Pete Newell, Coach
Knight explains that there are several basic offensive fundamentals that are
worked on every day in practice. For our perimeter players, we want to
focus on ball handling (including passing, catching, and dribbling the
basketball) and shooting. We will focus on other fundamentals including
spacing, cutting, and screening when we get to our offensive breakdowns and team
offense. If needed, we will include post play if we are running an offense
that requires certain or all of our perimeter players to play in the post.
We also incorporate footwork into our drills by teaching our perimeter players
to have their shooting-hand foot forward in a heel-toe relationship. We
also work on keeping the balls of the feet and the toes on the ground when
executing a shot fake as well as using the jump stop.
I am of the belief that you can only become successful when you do the ordinary
things to the maximum of your abilities. We aren't working on street moves
with our perimeter players that would be better suited to pick-up games.
We are working on basic basketball fundamental skills so that our players can
execute them without having to think about what to do or how to do it.
Spot Shooting Drill
The first drill that we do is the Spot Shooting Drill. We use this to
teach shooting both mid-range and three-point jump shots from six different
spots on the floor.
Diagram 1 shows the groupings of the spots for our Spot Shooting Drill.
They are as follows:
Spot 1 - Elbow jumpers.
Spot 2 - Wing three-point shots.
Spot 3 - Bank shot jumpers.
Spot 4 - Deep corner three-point shots.
Spot 5 - Short corner jumpers.
Spot 6 - Lane-line extended three-point shots.
We will move in order from Spot 1 to Spot 2 to Spot 3 to
Spot 4 to Spot 5 to Spot 6 in that order. The purpose of this
drill is to develop the shooting capabilities from three groups of spots
behind the three-point line and three groups of mid-range spots.
By the way the drill is conducted, our players also work on following
their shots as well as catching and passing the basketball.
For the remainder of this article, the numbered
players and the spots I will reference will be similar to those
illustrated in Diagram 1 in an effort to remove any confusion.
Four Ball Drills
These drills is designed to do three things: develop the ability to shoot the
three-point shot from Spots 2, 4, and 6 (Diagram 2), to make a shot fake and
attack the rim from Spots 2, 4, and 6 (Diagram 3), and to make a shot fake and
hit a mid-range jump shot starting from Spots 2, 4, and 6 (Diagram 4). As
we go through this sequence, we will be working on the same fundamentals as in
the Spot Shooting Drill, but we will be adding to it the use of the dribble as
well as our perimeter players working on making the skip pass.
It is important to note that we do these drills after the spot shooting drill
because we want our players to progress through the drills and add to the
progression of skills taught instead of trying to do more initially then
subtract from the skills taught.
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