This is another great multi use drill. It combines shooting, ballhandling and speed and high intensity change in direction.
- Place a chair, facing sideline, at the foul line extended, within the shooter's range.
- Place a ball on the chair.
- Player starts on the same side block.
- Player sprints and curls around the chair (it can be from the baseline or over the top), picks up the ball and takes a jump shot.
- After shooter takes the jump shot, he chases down the rebound (puts it in if the jumper was missed - always end on a make).
- The player then makes a 1 or 2 change dribble move back around the chair and takes a 1 dribble jump shot.
- Keep your head up.
- Use your finger tips when dribbling (not your palms).
- Teach mentality. There is too much dribbling for no reason in our game today. I like to teach that the primary purpose for putting the ball on the floor is to get a lay-up. If you don't have an opportunity, don't put it on the floor.
- Basketball is a game of length. Work on lengthening the dribble. Work to get your opportunities with 1 dribble. You don't beat defenses with your dribble. You beat people with your feet; you SEPARATE from your defense with the dribble.
- Basketball is also a game of angles. Try to move in straight lines. Whenever you make an "East-West" move (something that takes you toward the sideline), re-capture a "North-South" path (direct line to the basket) as quickly as possible.
- Don't do things in 2 dribbles that you can do in 1.
- Practice outside your comfort zone. Experiment; go faster than you are used to, use your imagination. When working on new skills, don't be concerned with losing the ball. Just pick it up and do it again.