Enfield's "Dunk City" Five-Man Fast Break Drill

By Kevin Germany

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Florida Gulf Coast made history by becoming the first ever 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Former Florida Gulf Coast Head Coach Andy Enfield used an up-tempo style of play to run heavily favored opponents Georgetown and San Diego State out of the gym in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.

Now at the University of Southern California, Enfield is looking to recreate “Dunk City” in the Pac 12 conference. He spoke at a coach’s clinic in Las Vegas about his up-tempo style of play. Andy Enfield’s fast break drill incorporates conditioning in addition to running all the primary break’s options.

Goal of the Drill

The drill’s goal is for all five players to score within 30 seconds. All options must be used in an order of progression from options 1 to 5. All players must sprint to the free-throw line extended every time down the court. This forces everybody to run the floor. The drill starts when 5 inbounds the ball to 1. 4 sprints to the rim. 2 and 3 run wide. 5 is the trail.

The drill serves multiple purposes -- conditioning, teaches fast break spots, and offensive spacing.


Option 1 is to pass the ball to 4 sprinting to the rim. 5 throws a quick outlet pass to 1. 1 makes a quick pass to 4 for a layup.

Option 2 is to pass the ball to 2 running down the strong side wing. 4 quickly outlets to 1. 1 makes a quick pass to 2 for a layup.

Option 3 is to pass the ball to 3 running down the weak side wing. 5 quickly outlets to 1. 1 makes a quick pass to 3 for a layup.

Option 4 is a give and go with 1 and 2. 4 quickly outlets to 1. 1 passes it to 2. 2 passes it back to 1 for a layup.

Option 5 is to pass it to 5 trailing on the weak side. 5 quickly outlets to 1. 1 passes it back to 5 for a layup.

This drill helps your team execute all the options on the fast break in a competitive setting. It’s also a simple way to teach your players to maintain offensive spacing in transition, get in the habit of running to the correct spots, and the drill serves as a conditioner.

Notice I say the word “quick” several times in the drill. Your team must be quick in making decisions to have an effective fast break offense.

If you want more information on the fast break, Breakthrough Basketball has a terrific DVD that discusses the ins and outs of the fast break. The DVD will give you tips to improve your team’s fast break.

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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Coach Poe says:
11/16/2016 at 10:40:23 PM

I am the head boys coach at my school and we are big in football so many of my players are football players. We run a fast paced spread offense and i have adapted basketball to the same fast pace. I love this drill. I have been running this drill with my varsity boys all the way down to my jr high. I have been running it for five years now and when I call 5 on 0 fast break series during practice my guys get excited. No matter how tired they are they want to beat the 30 second time frame. I think it has paid off over the years because we made the playoffs last year for the first time in school history as we were able to push the pace on other teams. I have been able to couple this drill with an attack and react offense and they have produced. The kids have fun and are free to just play the game.


Tree says:
7/1/2013 at 4:05:41 PM

Excellent. We call this spots. We teach it as early as possible. Younger age groups can be told which pass to make ie...1-2-1 or 5-2-1.


Coach Alex says:
6/28/2013 at 10:03:18 AM

This is a great drill to teach the fast break, especially concepts like "heading" passes, running WIDE and having your bigs consistently "rim-run." I like to use a simpler version with younger players, where 5 always outlets to 1 who heads to 2 for a layup. 5 always outlets to one who always heads to 2. Then go 2 to 3, then 2 to 4, then 2 to 3 to 5 on a post up, then a full court pass from 5 to 1 to finish.

The drill I'm referencing is on this site, I believe they call it "North Carolina." I like it for it's simplicity, and there is always a heading pass up the court, just change the numbers around.


Jeff says:
6/28/2013 at 7:34:28 AM

Thanks for pointing out the error on the last diagram! Got it fixed.


RDS says:
6/28/2013 at 6:48:26 AM

The diagrams for option 4 and 5 are the same


Big M says:
6/28/2013 at 4:57:54 AM

Great drill to build transition awareness. The last diagram is missing, however (you inserted the fourth diagram twice). Should be clear from the instructions however.


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