2 Beilein Finishing Drills

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Coach Jim Huber demonstrates two finishing drills from our Ball Handling & Finishing Camps. These drills came from Coach John Beilein.

Beilein 1 on 1 Finishing Drill

Beilein 2 on1 Finishing Drill

The second progression adds more difficulty by placing a defender closer to the offensive player.

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mert carlson says:
7/24/2022 at 10:18:05 AM

depending on the defender position, 1 can practice spin moves here, 'drop step', no look return passing, jump passing back or just feed a breaker" coming down the lane, or pass-out to a 3 shooter...lots of opportunities, go through a succession as mentioned...gettting the ball that low opens several possible extensions of what to do with the ball at that point...most players won't find themselves under the bucket w/out defense. you have to become a multi-thinker to expand the opportunities...i was always a no-look passer taking my game from bob cousy in the 50's, who had more than a 120 deg field of vision...he also made 'lay ups' from the top of the free throw lane...thanks...mc

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Info says:
7/25/2022 at 8:19:13 AM

Thank you for your feedback.


Coach JPK says:
8/5/2016 at 1:35:32 PM

I like sending the non-catching post to the midline and not having him sit on the other block to create an easy dump pass and creating a passing angle for kids!


AES says:
8/4/2016 at 11:03:02 AM

On the 2 on 1 why isn't there emphasis on a shot fake and a pass to the opposite side? Seems that should be incorporated into the drill.

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Joe Haefner says:
8/4/2016 at 1:24:57 PM

Great question, AES!

It depends on your objective. Some coaches might want to develop a scoring mentality and use a different drill to work on passing.

It also depends on your philosophy. I know some very good coaches who don't believe in passing when close to the basket.

This is my understanding of the philosophy....

Exluding the free throw, a shot a few feet from the basket is the most efficient shot in basketball.

When you pass when you are close to the basket, you decrease your chances to score. Here's why...

1 - Passing increases the chance of a turnover which results in no shot attempts. A contested shot close to the basket is much better than no shot attempts.

2 - When you pass, this will give help defense more time to rotate. As a result, you could end up with the same contested shot for your teammate.

At the same time, your teammate loses the great offensive rebounding position they had.

If you attack immediately and miss, your teammate in great offensive rebounding position has a great chance to get the rebound and get another shot attempt close to the basket.

But instead of just one shot close to the basket, you increase your chances of scoring by getting two shots close to the basket.

Additionally, you players may get indecisive. They don't know when to pass and when not to pass. From my experience, it's better to have aggressive players rather than tentative players.

I'm not saying this philosophy is perfect, but you may end up with more success overall with it.


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