4 Must-Have Finishing Moves
Unless you’re 6’6 with a 40 inch vertical jump, you will need to develop a few crafty finishing moves.
As you progress through high school and college, players get much taller, longer, and more athletic. This makes it more difficult to finish around the basket.
Here are four must-have finishing moves taught by Jim Huber.
Jerk To Ear is a move that every player should use. It’s vital to prevent getting the ball stolen from you. Many smart defenders know that offensive players will sweep the ball to their inside hip prior to shooting a lay up. As soon as they see the ball reach the inner hip, they swipe at the ball.
The stretch lay up is a great way to get the ball up to the basket before trailing defenders can recover to contest the shot. Great point guards like Tony Parker have perfected this shot.
The opposite hand lay up is a great way to use the rim to protect your shot against defenders. You simply finish with the opposite hand on the opposite side of the rim.
With the reverse lay up, you finish on the opposite side of the rim. However, unlike the opposite hand lay up, you keep the ball in your same hand. You finish with your right hand on the left side of the hoop. And you finish with your left hand on the right side of the hoop.
More Tips To Improve Making Lay Ups:
While there are many more finishing moves you can practice, pick a few that fit your game and complement each other. Then…. Practice. Practice. Practice.
I would also practice these moves from different distances and angles.
Also, implement some competitive finishing drills to work on these moves.
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