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Player Development: Solo Ball Handling Workout

Being a reliable and effective ball handler is a sure fire way to get more minutes on the court this upcoming season. Regardless of position, all players need to be able to properly possess and protect the basketball when it comes their way, as well as have the necessary skill to create with a dribble...

March 17, 2016 - U.S - Wichita State guard, RON BAKER (31), uses a screen to get past an Arizona defender in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. (Credit Image: � Kevin Sabitus via ZUMA Wire)

Player Development: Teaching Screening

Regardless of what system or style of player your team utilizes, emphasizing and teaching fundamentals is what will make that system work. One of the most emphasized yet under taught elements of offense is screening for one’s teammates in an attempt to help them get open. A huge part of my offensive philosophy has been borrowed/adapted/stolen...

April 1, 2016 - Reno, Nevada, U.S - Bakersfield Jam Guard DEONTE BURTON (4) begins his drive against Reno Bighorn Guard DAVID STOCKTON (7) during the NBA D-League Basketball game between the Reno Bighorns and the Bakersfield Jam at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. (Credit Image: � Jeff Mulvihill Jr via ZUMA Wire)

Player Development: Purposeful 1v1 Games

One of the best ways to develop individual skill is to play 1v1 against players that are going to challenge you. That being said, rolling the ball out and playing mindless 1v1 is not the best option to achieve one’s desired outcome. What I will advocate for in this article is to play multiple variations of...

Jan. 27, 2016 - Toronto, ON, Canada - TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 27  -     - Ryerson Rams Mens Basketball team interim Head Coach, Patrick Tatham(all in blue) watching his players at the team practice held at Mattamy Athletic Centre. Vince Talotta/Toronto Star (Credit Image: � Vince Talotta/The Toronto Star via ZUMA Wire)

Off-Season Player Development

For many high school coaches, the basketball season has come to an end, and it is now time to begin the process of preparing for the next year. Between AAU, summer leagues, camps, and school ball open gyms, the opportunities for players to stay involved in the game and sharpen their skills are at an...

March 16, 2016 - Providence, Rhode Island, U.S - Duke forward, BRANDON INGRAM (14) follows through after a jump shot in practice the day before the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. (Credit Image: � Kevin Sabitus via ZUMA Wire)

Player Development: Solo Summer Shooting Workout

As the school year is wrapping up for the majority of your players, it is time to begin thinking about individual player development. Regardless of how active your team is in the off-season, it is vital that players take responsibility for their own development through working out on their own daily. Below you will find...

March 20, 2016 - St. Louis, Missouri, U.S - Xavier Musketeers forward JALEN REYNOLDS (1) gets inside Wisconsin Badger forward ETHAN HAPP (22) for a reverse layup shot during the second round of the Midwest Region in the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, where #10 Wisconsin upsets #2 Xavier by the score of 63-60 to advance to the sweet 16., held at The Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO (Credit Image: © Richard Ulreich via ZUMA Wire)

Player Development: Finishing at the Rim

Being able to capitalize and finish the opportunities that you get at the rim is a separator that differentiates good teams from great teams. It is almost a coaching cliche to say “if we make layups we will win the game”, and there is some truth to that statement. Because of various situations that a player may...

March 21, 2016 - Atlanta, GA, USA - Washington Wizards guard John Wall steals from Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague on Monday, March 21, 2016, in Atlanta. The Wizards beat the Hawks 117-102. (Credit Image: � Curtis Compton/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

Player Development: Changing Pace With The Dribble

A common trait shared by all effective guards in the game today is the ability to change speeds. Changing speeds has many benefits: Creates indecision for the defender Puts the ball handler back in control Allows extra time for decision-making Promotes control Keeps off ball defenders drawn to the ball I recently made a new...

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Player Development: Keys to Using Down Screens

Setting screens off the ball for effective shooters can be a great way to free them up to score the ball or to draw multiple defenders towards them and free up space elsewhere on the court. In this blog, I will talk about all the ways you can use a down screen. Be sure to...

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Player Development: Using Ball Screens Effectively

Although the pick and roll action has been a mainstay in the NBA for years now, it has recently trickled down to all levels of basketball and is an extremely common offensive action. There are many benefits to using pick and roll actions in your offense, but most of the time our players miss these...

March 17, 2015 - U.S. - SPORTS -- The Lobos' Josie Greenwood, Bryce Owens, Brooke Allemand and Laneah Bryan, from left, do agility drills during practice in Johnson Gym on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The Lobo's will play North Dakota in the Women's Basketball Invitational game on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Credit Image: � Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal/ZUMA Wire)

3 Areas Important to Player Development

The late summer and early fall months are a great time of year for player development. Coaches anxiously await to see who will put on a couple of inches and to see who is working on their game. For most players, their Coach sees them at open gyms, team camps or other workouts. Some players spend...

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