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Developing Basketball Intelligence (Paperback, 92 Pages)
By Brian T. McCormick, PhD

Brian McCormick released a book called Developing Basketball Intelligence. The premise behind the book is to helps coaches develop SMARTER basketball players.

This book is great for all levels of basketball coaches. It provides great information for the youth coach first learning the concepts of the game. It also provides some great tips and drills for the advanced coach looking to learn a few more things.

What makes this book good is that it includes the how, why, and when while explaining the basketball concepts. 

What makes this book really good is that it teaches the coach how to teach the players the concepts. It provides sample questions that you could ask the players to further enhance their knowledge of the game. 

It also has TONS of drills to improve skills and game performance. 

Progressions & Regressions! If the players are picking things up, the book provides a progression to challenge the players. If the players are struggling, it provides a regression to fine-tune the skills. 

What's in the book?

The book is split into 8 Chapters: 

Each one of these chapters teaches you how to drill and teach your players the concepts explained in the book. 

Chapter 1 - Introduction & Skill Development
  • Explains how players seem smarter than other basketball players.
  • How you can teach it to your players.
  • Difference between random and block training.
Chapter 2 - Individual Ball Skills
  • Attacking in full court situations.
  • Attacking in half court situations.
  • How to read the defense.
  • What body parts to look at on the defender.
  • Appropriate attacking angles.
  • What moves to use.
  • How to catch in open space.
  • How to catch when tightly defended.
  • Determining whether your player needs more technical skill refinement.
Chapter 3 - Getting Open
  • Creating space without the dribble.
  • Creating space without the ball.
  • How to execute certain cuts.
  • When to use certain cuts.
Chapter 4 - Transition Basketball
  • What to do when you have an advantage or disadvantage in numbers.
  • Covers almost all scenarios and how to drill them: 1v0, 1v1, 2v1, 1v2, 2v2, 3v1, 3v2, 3v3, 3v4, 4v3, 4v4, & 5v4.
  • How to spread the court.
  • Why a 2v1 is better than a 3v1 and how to turn 3v1 into a 2v1.
  • What to do if the defense commits or doesn't commit.
  • Advantages to fast breaking down the sideline and the middle of the court. When to use each one.
  • How to read the ball handler.
  • How to solve problem such as: too much dribbling, passing too late, passing too early, developing the play too slowly, passing to the wrong player.
Chapter 5 - Court Spacing
  • How to properly space the floor.
  • What to do when you have the ball.
  • What to do when you do NOT have the ball.
  • How to react to dribble penetration.
  • The important concept of "String Spacing" & how to apply it.
  • Post spacing.
  • Reacting to post players.
  • How to use "Diamond Spacing".
  • When & how to cut.
Chapter 6 - Teaching Through 2-Man Basketball 

Many offenses base their offenses as a 2-man game on side of the court with a 3-man game on the other side of the court. This section teaches you how to play the 2-man game within the offense.
  • Pick and roll.
  • Give and go & the key components to make it successful.
  • Dribble reaction.
  • What to do if the defender drops below the level of the ball.
  • What to do if the defender plays between you and your teammate.
  • When to hand off.
  • When to back cut.
  • What to do when the defense switches, traps, and hedges.
  • How to set screens properly on the ball.
Chapter 7 - Teaching Through 3-Man Basketball
  • How to set screens properly away from the ball.
  • How to read those screens.
  • Different types of screens.
  • What is a post split and how to use it to your advantage.
Chapter 8 -Transitioning to 5v5 

How to get all 5 players reacting and reading the defense at the same time.