4 Team Shooting Drill

Originally contributed by Coach McKenzie at Fast Model Sports.

This is a good competitive drill that can help you work on different finishes or shots from certain locations.

The teams line up as shown below.

The player in the circle at half-court cannot leave until the pass is received.

In our example, the pass is being made to player 1.

Player 1 Dribbles in and takes a shot. You can be as creative as you like, you can take shots from different spots or add moves at certain spots.

Player 1 gets his/her own rebound and makes an outlet pass to the next player in line.

The passer sprints to the circle following their pass and becomes the next shooter.

Continue this drill until a set amount of shots are made or for a certain amount of time during practice.

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10 Traits of Coaches’ Favorite Players

"Originally posted from PGC Basketball"

Do Coaches Play Favorites?

Have you ever thought your coach or your child’s coach was playing favorites? In the coaching profession you often hear many complaints. In basketball, one complaint that particularly sticks out is playing favorites. Do coaches play favorites? Yes they do.

Coaches do play favorites. I play my favorite players and am not ashamed to admit it. You might be surprised to hear that, but I hope you understand after reading. As coaches, we play the players who possess the best (and often our favorite) traits. Here are 10 traits that make a player a coach’s favorite.

Be a hard worker.

Coaches love players who show up for everything. We love the players who are the first ones in the gym and the last ones to leave. A hard-working player gives their best effort every time they take the court, whether it’s a practice or a game.

Be a leader.

Coaches love players who lead in action and through words. Leaders inspire their teammates to reach another level. They inspire their teammates to give it their all through their example. Leaders are an extension of the coach on the floor. They buy into the program’s philosophy and get their teammates to as well.

Be a great teammate.

Coaches love players who support their fellow teammates. Great teammates are accepting of all team members and help others to get better. Coaches love it when an upperclassman goes out of their way to help the underclassmen learn. A great teammate embraces their role no matter what it is and does it to the best of their ability. Great teammates are all about “we” and whatever is best for the team.

Be a competitor.

Coaches love players who do the little things it takes to win. We love players who treat practice like it’s a game. Great competitors never go through the motions. They want to win every drill, game, and contest. Through their desire to win, and more importantly their preparation to win; great competitors inspire their teammates to give more.

Be a good citizen.

Coaches love players who represent the program well on and off the court. We love players who give back to the game and their community. Being a good citizen means doing the right thing even when it’s the most difficult thing to do. Good citizens behave in school, get good grades, and support the entire school community.

Be a play-maker.

Coaches love players who not only know what to do, but can do it. Play-makers step up and make the big plays when the team needs it most. They are always making plays. Coaches love players who ask questions that will make them better. Play-makers know “why” because it gives them the confidence to go out and perform.

Be coachable.

Coaches love players who can take constructive criticism. We want players who want to be coached and who want to be told what they need to do to get better. Coachable players never roll their eyes at the coach. They make eye contact with their coaches, and they are not afraid to ask questions. Coachable athletes listen to their coach and not the stands.

Have pride.

Coaches love players who consistently wear and represent the program’s gear. We want players that help promote our programs. Players who exemplify pride express it through their words and actions. They act like being a part of the program is a big deal and means something. Coaches love players who take pride in the little things and doing them well.

Be dependable.

Coaches love players who are always on time. Do not be late. Do not miss practices, events, or games. We love players who offer no excuses and no explanations. Coaches want players they can depend on both on and off the court to make the right decisions. Being dependable also means you’re always there for a teammate in need.

Have heart.

Coaches love players who play with enthusiasm, courage, and spirit. Having heart means having and playing for a purpose beyond the scoreboard. When the score’s out of reach, players with heart continue to play hard to honor the game. They play for a purpose that means something to them. We love players who never give up or give in. Having heart means getting back up and going again, even when it seems the most difficult.

If a player has these traits, they will quickly become a coach’s favorite and earn more playing time. It’s not always about talent. It’s about what you do with that talent. It doesn’t take the most athletically gifted person to have any of these traits. It doesn’t require skill. However, it’s not easy. It requires a lot of mental and physical fortitude and it’s not for everyone. That’s why the few who are able to do it become a Coach’s favorite.

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Unsigned 2017 Athletes

Coaches - Hopefully you can find a player or two here who would be a good fit for your school and your program. If you need anything else - with these athletes or any others - please let us know. Thanks

Justin Wilson - https://www.hudl.com/profile/6836816/justin-wilson - justinw806@gmail.com

Eric Lovett - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BChqaMO2gQ&feature=youtu.be

Cooper Larue - http://www.hudl.com/profile/4220553/cooper-larue

Jay Shropshire - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JboVXCMp1wk&feature=youtu.be

Marek Iwanowicz - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqWmNYx6BEg - maras2324@gmail.com

Aaron Havis - http://www.hudl.com/profile/4325172/aaron-havis - ajhavis@gra.midco.net

Jason Scott - http://www.hudl.com/profile/8831974/jason-scott/about - sharhondawash@att.net

Nolan Bertain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXv39eUuDwQ&feature=youtu.be - nolanbertain1835@gmail.com

Hank Johnson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY7I5Jbw9wU&app=desktop - jjohnson@flexp.com

Azeem Williams - http://www.hudl.com/profile/5038801/azeem-williams - cfg@email.com

TJ Ram - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhIpFAinFyk&t=23s - tram@crystal.csus.org

Isaiah Foster - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-77giTZgEo&feature=youtu.be

Kenny Bolloch, Jr - http://www.hudl.com/profile/4907488/kenny-bulloch-jr - kennethbulloch0@gmail.com

Aubrey Washington, II - http://www.ncsasports.org/mens-basketball-recruiting/florida/orlando/the-conrad-academy1/aubrey-washington-ii - zanx904@gmail.com

DeJuan Hyde - http://www.hudl.com/profile/8616308/dejuan-hyde/about - hyde01@bellsouth.net

Parker Christensen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9EWRA2YsYo&feature=youtu.be - rich.c.christensen@gmail.com


Spencer Schultz - http://www.hudl.com/profile/3917181/spencer-schultz - schulspen@aol.com

Dylon Maggio - http://www.hudl.com/profile/4689405/dylon-maggio - dylon.maggio@gmail.com

Elijah Kess - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAPgySSwOO0&app=desktop - elijahkess@icloud.com

Fontaine Thompson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCMfnpTyVAc&feature=youtu.be - fontainethompson@aol.com

Barry Rerecich - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I8kH42i3dY&feature=youtu.be - barry.rerecich@gmail.com

Tristan Becker - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmntklZjRs0 - (630)338-2505

Dylan Mchugh - https://youtu.be/H62gAgwnZi8 - hoopster.mchugh048@gmail.com
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Millsaps Men’s Basketball

We are always working to help college coaches find good fits for their program, and have a special opportunity here. Take a look at the note below, and if you have any interest or know someone who might, please forward this information. Thanks

I hope all is well as February is upon us and post-season tournaments are upcoming. The reason for this message is to seek prospective student-athletes that are searching for a small college fit and home. Millsaps College competes as a member of the NCAA at the Division 3 level, which entails scholarship money based on academic merit and need based opportunities. Our academic profile and average range is around 26-27 for the ACT and 1150-1190 for the SAT with an average GPA of around 3.5 However, all applications are read and reviewed on an individual basis. Thus, generally, a 21 ACT or above is necessary for admission.

Our current program needs for the upcoming class are at the point guard position and guards with the ability to shoot. Additionally, we are always interested in big men to contribute at our level. However, we are recruiting all positions each and every year and class.

Thanks for your time and for your reply with any prospects for 2017. Best of luck as you finish out your season!

Thanks, Coach Williams

Matt Williams

Millsaps College Assistant Men's Basketball Coach


(601) 974-1243 (office number)

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3 on 3 with 7 Seconds to Score

*These Drills were originally posted by The Coaching Toolbox.*

The premise of this drill is to mimic quick action in early offense.

This will improve your screening, and how your teams catch and shoot and read the defense.

On the flip side, your defense will be forced to not let cutters cut without being bumped and will have to improve their communication.

We play a game to seven - points for baskets and for stops (defensive rebound, steal, change of possession).

There are three options to this drill outlined below. Drill #1 is a UCLA cut. Drill #2 works on the Ghost Screen and drill #3 has a backdoor option. However, feel free to make changes as you best see fit for your team and your opponents.

Drill #1

Offense must score in seven seconds or less.

Start this drill at half-court on the point guard’s weak hand.

1 dribbles hard at 2.

2 cuts to the basket and makes an L-cut to screen for 4.

4 dives hard and 2 pops to the 3-point line.

If you play against teams that like to switch this is a great set to put in to your offense as 4 and 2 both have mismatches to exploit.

We recommend that you run from both sides of the floor although we start going left.

Another adjustment is to add a 4th defender to make it harder on the offense.

Drill #2

Drill # 2 has the same premise, score in seven seconds or less.

1 starts at half court and dribbles at 2.

2 sets a Ghost Screen, where they then roll out to the opposite 3 point line.

1 passes to 2.

From here 2 can catch and shoot, catch and go, or hit 1 cutting to the hoop after the screen from 4.

After 4 sets the back screen he/she pops to the 3-point line.

One item that we have to constantly stress with our athletes is to give the play time to develop. Don't rush to put the ball on the floor or rush the pass - or the shot. Allow space to be created for an easier scoring opportunity.

Drill #3

Drill #3 is a backdoor option.

This drill helps your 4 become a better passer, but know your personnel before having a post player play this high up with the ball.

2 can work on different types of finishes like a reverse lay-up, ball fake, Up and under move, etc. There are also times when after the catch, 2 has a nice passing window back to 1 for the 3 point shot. We're not suggesting jumpers instead of layups, but if the layup isn't there or is highly contested that jumper may be wide open.

At the top of the key, you can either have the dribble hand off here, or 1 can make the pass to 4 after the slip screen.

On the catch 2 sprints out the the 3-point line and then cuts backdoor for their layup attempt or pass back out to the 3 point shot.

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3 on 3 – Defense and Rebounding

*These Drills were originally posted by The Coaching Toolbox.*

Anytime your drill involves less than 5 on 5, it takes away help and congestion and forces the defenders to be more accountable. 3 on 3 drills are a good way to do that and something that we recommend in practices. You can gradually add in other players to these drills for 5 on 5 play.

3 Player Closeouts

Drill starts with 3 defenders in a line under basket, and coach has a ball.

Coach can pass to any player.

Top man in line must find ball and close out under control with 2 high hands.

We also encourage our players to 'follow the ball' with a defensive hand to limit passing lanes.

x2 and x3 must communicate and find other players.

Off ball defenders must be in help, denial, or gap positions.

After the 1st stop, top man goes to back of line, and the team must get 3 stops to get out of the drill.

Drilling the habit for players not taking the basketball to close out to their gap or denial positions (depending on your style of defense) when rotating out of a trap or a help and recover is an essential defensive fundamental skill. It is not a skill that players pick up on their own without developing the habit through repetition in the defensive fundamentals portion of practice.

3 Player Team Rebounding

3 teams of 3.

Rules: every defensive rebound = 1 point; offensive rebound team goes to defense.

Defense must start with 1 foot in the paint, and each defensive player must touch the offensive player.

This is another good opportunity to work on your proper close out and playing help or deny defense.

Team must secure the rebound inbounds.

1st team to get 3 defensive rebounds wins.

We have also added that if a team gets 5 offensive rebounds prior to a team getting 3 defensive rebounds, then that team wins and the losing teams run sprints, do push-ups, etc.

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Rebounding Improvement Drills

*These Drills were originally posted by "The Coaching Toolbox"*

1 v 2 Rebounding

This is a great drill to get your players to box out on defense and crash the glass and avoid box outs on offense. Too many rebounding drills benefit the taller players and don’t truly reward players for boxing out or getting around box outs, so this drill is perfect to reward pursuit effort.

Coach will shoot the ball. On the flight of the shot, both defenders will sprint to box out the offensive player, while the offensive player will try to get around the block outs and pursue the offensive rebound.

Defenders do not pursue the rebound. Instead, they continue to box out and try to keep the offensive player from getting the rebound before the ball bounces twice. If the ball bounces twice before the offensive player controls the ball, the defensive team gets one point. If the offensive player controls the ball in the air, the offensive team gets two points. If the offensive player rebounds the ball after one bounce, the offensive team gets one point. If the offensive player rebounds the ball in the air and finishes a put-back, the offensive team gets three points.

Both teams play offense for two minutes then defense for two minutes. Team with most points at the end of four minutes wins.

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Competitive Shooting Drills

Here are some competitive shooting drills with some additional conditioning that can be used in your pre-season program, and during the season.

These drills are from Coach Justin Remington’s Moreno Valley High School Summer Shooting Program. He is also a basket instructor for PGC (Point Guard College), which we highly recommend for summer and fall training.


1 starts at coaches box/sideline and sprints into a wing 18 foot jump shot.

1 back pedals 3 times and sprints into a corner three pointer.

1 sprints through the key to opposite corner back up to the coaches box/sideline and turns and sprints for an 18 footer from the wing.

1 backpedals three times and then sprints for a corner 3.

*Repeat this pattern until player has taken 16 shots.*

***To make it more competitive put a time limit on it and a number of makes that they should have completed.***


1) Player sprints from sideline to opposite elbow and catches a pass from the coach for a shot.

2) After the first catch and shoot:

Player touches near sideline and then MUST sprint across the floor to opposite sidelines and then come back for elbow jumper again (from same spot as first frame)

After that jumper (since he has touched 2 sidelines he gets two elbow shots in a row). He must arc to the opposite elbow for the second elbow shot

3) After the second elbow shot:

The player sprints to the near side sideline then to the opposite sideline, then back to the other sideline, then he can sprint to the elbow for a shot.

Since the player touched the sideline 3 times now he must shoot three alternating elbow jumpers before going on to the next stage of the ladder.

4) Now the player goes sideline to sideline 4 times.

Then he goes to the elbow for 4 elbow to elbow shots. There are four shots in this portion of the ladder.

We like to continue this drill to 5 sideline touches and 5 elbow to elbow shots.

***Once they get in shape work your way back DOWN the LADDER… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1***

***Players will get extremely fatigued during this drill. Stress consistency in footwork and in follow through as well as not allowing them to drift on their shots.***


There are 5 shooting spots around the perimeter for this drill.

The player will have to make two threes at each spot the first time around before moving on to the next spot.

After completing all five spots the player will make their way back around the perimeter only having to make one this time to move on.

Look at the other frames to see where the coach is passing from. It is wise to have a rebounder getting rebounds in all of these shooting drills.

Teaching Points from the Corner:

1. I stress 'Open Hips' to the passer (to step into your shot), so in the left corner the player would have their left foot facing the basket (five toes to the basket) and their right foot open so that the shooters hips face the passer. Coach will pass the ball to 1. One brings right foot forward, square up, and shoot. This should be in a fluid motion so that the shot is quick, while not losing the form of the shot.

After making two shots at the first spot the player will run into the next shot at the wing. Here he must make two as well.

Teaching Points:

1. Footwork on the move from corner to wing is left foot (inside foot) first to face and square to the basket, then the right foot comes around. Again, in a fluid motion.

2. When they are stationary footwork is the same as in the corner.

1 runs from wing to top of the key.

For the opposite side, coach should mirror where they passed the ball from. The footwork should also mirror the opposite side.

***Remember after they complete two makes from each spot, they must come back around the perimeter and make one shot each spot before moving on.***

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College Spotlight on Southeastern University

This installment of the 'College Profile' is on Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. We hope you enjoy these articles and please contact Coach Barsh if you have questions about the program.

Additionally, be sure to share this spotlight with other players who may be interested.


Southeastern University


Lakeland, Florida




NAIA D2 - The Sun Conference


Coach R-Jay Barsh






Southeastern University is a Christ-centered institution of higher learning. We are committed to equipping the next generation of leaders so that they can go into the world as influential servants in their careers and their communities.

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Pressure Free-Throw Shooting Drill

*Article Originally Posted by The Coaching Toolbox*

This drill simulates pressure free throws at the end of a game and emphasizes the damage done by missing free throws late in a close game.

Run the drill at the end of practice to more closely simulate the mental and physical fatigue form the end of a game.

Line up the team in the lane spaces and behind the arc as they would for a free throw attempt. The shooter gets a 1-1 opportunity. Put a realistic score on the scoreboard that you would have in the final minutes of a close tournament game, whatever fits your level.

We put the score on the scoreboard at 45-44 for high school varsity with our team leading by one. If the shooter makes the shot, your team gets one point added. If the shooter misses, the opponent gets two points added. That emphasizes the importance of each miss. After one shooter is done, rotate until each player has had a chance to shoot.

If you win the game, practice ends on a positive note. If you lose, there needs to be a penalty such as running, push ups, or whatever you want to use.

If the game ends in a tie, then have an overtime where only the players who missed the first time shoot.

Some adjustments you can make to make the game more challenging are:

- If the first shot of the one and one is missed, count it as two misses since the player does not even get to attempt the second shot. That would be 4 points for the imaginary opponent.

- Start off with the score tied rather than you being ahead. That takes away from the protecting the lead theme, but if you obviously are going to get fouled with a tie game at times, especially if you attack the basket.

- Start out behind by a few points to emphasize attacking the basket late in the game to get fouled and catch up with the clock stopped.

- Run sprints prior to or between the free throw attempts to increase fatigue.

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