Jim Huber, Director of Coach Development for Breakthrough Basketball Camps, takes you through a great drill that improves shooting, footwork, dribble moves, lay ups, and more.
This is one of the best ways to practice and combine a game-like cut with dribble moves and shooting. That's because this replicates moves and footwork that actually happens during games! This is stuff that you can use!
And donít ignore the simplicity of this! Most of your shots come off cuts and actions similar to this...
Around 80% of your shots come off two dribbles or less! Thatís why you need to do this. Practice what you do the most in the game! Then get really, really good at it.
Perfect the small details that will take you from good to great! Make your shot quicker, explode more quickly to the basket, change directions quicker on the dribble move, get more efficient with your footwork, etc. Itís not the drill that matters. Itís getting better at the skills that matter. Skills that are applicable to the game.
Joe Haefner: In this next drill, Breakthrough Camps instructor, Jim Huber, takes you through a great drill that improves your shooting, dribble moves, footwork, layups, and more. This drill is one of the best ways to practice and combine game-like cuts with shooting and dribble moves. That's because this replicates moves and footwork that actually happens during games.
Joe Haefner: And do not ignore the simplicity of this. Most of your shots come from actions and cuts just like this. 80% of your shots come up when you take two or fewer dribbles. So you can actually copy these same progressions and proceed them with a cut or other game-like action that happens within your offense. And if you do just that, you'll become a really good player.
Jim Huber: Now, we're getting in a 1-0 drill they call block-to-wing shooting. And, what's going to take place is that Titus is going to throw the ball to himself at the three-point line, spread out, come to a quick stop. We're going to work on back pivots, so he's going to back pivot, and think shot, ready, shoot it.
Jim Huber: For time's sake of the video, we're just going to have you go ahead, again, you're going to pivot with your foot close to baseline. So, you're going to pivot to the baseline side and think shot, okay? You could do this drill, pivot to the inside, as well you could mix it up. Each time, pivot at the outside-inside, we're just going to pivot to the outside in this one, okay? You ready?
Jim Huber: Throw it out, come to a quick stop, and you're going to shoot the basketball. Ready, shoot it. Go get your rebound, put it back in, put it back in, and then repeat the process. Throw it out, make sure you get your momentum, going back toward the basket, especially on a back pivot. Back pivots are more challenging, because you're going to be drifting your body back ... weight back, you got to get your momentum going in the basket, going up and forward.
Jim Huber: And one thing you notice though, when you did it right there Ty, you went here, back pivot and your foot kind of went back here. Just try to stick your feet, so you're going up and forward momentum youíre going to the basket, right? Here we go. Better right there. Good, good.
Jim Huber: So, again, it's a footwork-type drill you got to work on. He's shooting the three-point range, and a back pivot shot can be more challenging, but again, focus on getting your footwork where you're doing the same footwork every time, sticking your feet, and makes your momentum go in the basket. You go up and forward to be effective and hitting a lot of shots.
Jim Huber: All right, now we're going to show you another segment, a layer of block to wing shooting. So now, what's going to happen is we're going to have Jacob throw the ball out. When he pivots, he's going to think shot. The defender's taken the shot away, he's going to step-attack. I'm going to act like the defender. Now, it's coming chest to chest, taking the direct line drive away, now he's going to change direction into a finish, okay? Go ahead, throw it out, come to a quick stop. Think shot. Good. Good dribble change. Let's a little floater action going.
Jim Huber: Throw it out. Again, think shot as you turn. Step toward that rim. Good. Hard dribble change, little reverse finish. Mixing up his finishes. Doing the right thing, being crafty around the rim. Mixing it up. So, again, that would be a counter to a back pivot. You think shot, they take it away, direct-step go, they put it on the floor, defender comes chest to chest. He changed direction, go into a finish.
Jim Huber: So, you can learn this. You can work on it. We did back pivot shot. You can do back pivot step, pull up, jumper. Back pivot, step, going to the rim, change direction to pull ups, change direction to finishes. You can mix up once you do, and again you can do your reps like 3,4,5 reps of each, or you can make it random where you switch it up and you mix up the different ones each time in what you do.
Jim Huber: Now on the 1 and 0, block to the wing, we're going to layer it as well. Now he's going to turn, think shot, they take it away. Direct-step, they come chest to chest. He's going to change direction. He's going to go into the pull up, trying to get more to the middle of the lane. Ready, go, throw it out. Think shot as you turn. Step, hard dribble, get in that lane, pull up. If you miss it you can put it back in. If you make it, just throw it back out and repeat the process. Turn, think shot, direct-step to the rim. Put it, put it in Jake, let's go. Good, there you go. So again you can layer that, mix it up. Change up your different type of footwork that you have. Again, we're doing everything going to the baseline side, but you can also go the middle as well. So switching footwork, switching different type of shots you're getting as well.
Jim Huber: Now we're going to 1 and 0, we're going to go block the wing, shooting, but now I want you to do it more random. So you can replicate game-like situations because you're not going to have this same shot in the game shooting it three or four times, or shooting from the same spot. It's all going to be different areas at times, different types of shot. So what I'm going to have here, Titus is going to throw it. He can throw it to different areas on the floor. I want every time you shoot, every time you throw it's going to be different area than where you're at. Okay? He's going to turn, he can shoot it. He can also direct-step, sweep, attack, go score at the rim and lay-up. He can go on to one dribble pull up. He can act like the defender's taking away from him, change direction to a pull up. Change direction to a finish. You can mix all those up. Make it random, so the shot's going to be random. Your footwork's going to be random. You could also again, pivot to the baseline, pivot to the middle, pivot to the middle, switch your footwork up as well. Footwork's spots, and the shots are taken. Alright? You're ready to go, let's go.
Jim Huber: Get all these, think shot as you turn, ready to shoot the basketball. Again, if you miss in this drill, you can put it back in, so you can work on finishing as well. So again the spots are different, the moves are different, the different types of finishes, shots, make it random in what you do. Go get the rebound. Put it back in. Hard dribble attack. Attack, go slow to get there. Do one more, one more here we go. Throw it out, different spot. Quick stop, turn, pivot. Here you go good.
Jim Huber: So as you do your workouts, again get a variety in it. Make it random to make it more game-like. So again when you get in the game, you're going to have more success in what you do.
Joe Haefner: Hey. We hope you enjoyed the video. Now if you're serious about becoming a better basketball player, we wanted to let you know about our Breakthrough Basketball Camps. There are hundreds of locations across North America, and there are camps for youth players to overnight camps for high school players. You can find everything from ball-handling, shooting, guard play, post play and more. Last year over 12,000 players attended Breakthrough Basketball Camps. And over 120 camps sold out. If you'd like to learn more, go to breakthroughcamps.com or click on the link below or in the description.
Progressions and Instructions:
Here are the shooting drills and instructions from the video.
Shooting Drill #1 - Back Pivot
You begin underneath the basket with the ball. Use a spin out and throw the ball out to the three-point line. You will run out to get it and come to a quick stop.
Execute a back pivot to face the basket and think shot, so you are ready to shoot it. This is meant to simulate shooting off the catch.
Take the shot without a dribble. If you miss your shot, get your rebound and finish with a lay up. Then repeat the process with another shot from the same spot on the wing.
Once you have done a few reps from one spot, switch spots.
In the video, you will just see them demonstrate back pivots, but you can also use this drill to work on front pivots and pivot to the outside or inside.
Shooting Drill #2 - Back Pivot > Sweep > Dribble Move > Lay Up
This is a new layer to the same drill. This time when you pivot, think shot but pretend that the defender has taken the shot away.
Sweep and step to attack the basket, but pretend that the defender has stepped in front of you. Change directions with a dribble move then finish with a lay up.
At times, you might focus on one dribble move and one type of finish to improve those specific skills.
Other times, you might practice a number of different dribble moves and finishes. You can practice a few reps of one combination before moving to a new one.
It just depends on your skill level and objective.
Shooting Drill #3 - Back Pivot > Sweep > Dribble Move > Jump Shot
This progression is much like the last, but this time you will take a jump shot after your dribble move.
If you miss, finish with a lay up. If you make the initial shot, repeat the drill.
Make sure to change directions and extend your dribble away from the defense. This creates separation for an open shot.
Once again, you can focus on one move or practice a few different dribble moves depending on your goals.
Shooting Drill #4 - Variable Practice: Change Location and Move Each Time
In the final layer, you will put together everything you have worked on above and make the drill more random. You can throw it to any spot on the floor. Every time you throw the ball out to the wing, it needs to be a different area than the last time.
When you pivot to the basket you have the option to turn and shoot, turn and drive or turn and one dribble pull up.
This will help you replicate game-like situations. During the game, you will not have the luxury of taking the same shot three or four times in a row. So this variation will help you practice different shots from different areas on the court.
- Focus on your footwork Ė Put in the time with this drill so that you can get your footwork down to where you are doing the same footwork every time.
- Stick your feet Ė When you pivot, make sure you get your momentum going to the basket. This is especially important on back pivots because your bodyís weight is drifting away from the basket. You need to stick your feet to get your body going towards the basket so you can go up for a shot or forward to the rim. This will make you more effective in hitting a lot of shots.
- Speed up the footwork - Once you are using proper footwork, speed things up. You want to practice on turning and facing the basket quicker and quicker. This will make your shot process quicker and put more pressure on the defense. If they donít close out fast enough, you shoot. If they close out too fast, you drive by them. If they recover in time, you hit them with a dribble move.
- Mix it up Ė Once you get better at executing the skills, add variety to this workout to make it variable and more game-like. This allows you to have more success when you do get into the game because you practice more like the game is played.
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