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April 29, 2018 - Cleveland, OH, USA - Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives the ball against Indiana Pacers Lance Stephenson in the second quarter of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round series on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavs won the game, 105-101. (Credit Image: © Leah Klafczynski/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

Playing Inside Out: Passing and Cutting from the Post

Playing Inside Out: Passing and Cutting from the Post

Teach players key concepts and reads to playing inside out on offense in order to increase spacing and scoring opportunities.  Playing inside out has long been a focus of many basketball coaches. This often meant playing through a traditional post player who would throw the ball out if they couldn’t score. The game has changed in many ways,

May 5, 2018 - May 5, 2018 - Jonas Mattisseck (ALBA), mit Ball, vorne Haris Hujic (Oldenburg), ALBA Berlin - EWE Baskets Oldenburg Basketball, easyCredit BBL, Deutsche Meisterschaft, Playoff, playoffs, play-off, DM-playoff, Viertelfinale, 1. Spiel, Spiel 1,Herren, men, Saison 2017/2018 Berlin, 5.5.2018 Mercedes Benz Arena *** Jonas Mattisseck ALBA with ball in front Haris Hujic Oldenburg ALBA Berlin EWE Baskets Oldenburg Basketball easyCredit BBL German Championship Playoff playoffs Play off DM playoff Quarterfinal 1 Match Game 1 Men Men Season 2017 2018 Berlin 5 5 2018 Mercedes Benz Arena (Credit Image: © Imago via ZUMA Press)

Ball Handling Skills and Drills: Handling Pressure and Changing Directions

Ball handling is key for players of all positions in today’s game – these drills will help develop this important skill. Two skills that all player need to have in there repertoire are the ability to handle ball pressure and change directions to get by a defender. A team can never have enough ball handlers,

April 25, 2018 - Cleveland, OH, USA - The Indiana Pacers' Victor Oladipo, right, drives against the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James in the first quarter in Game 5 of a first-round playoff series on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. (Credit Image: © Leah Klafczynski/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

The Latest Offensive Trend: Slingshot Concept

The 2018 NBA Playoffs saw the rise of a new offensive trend, the Slingshot Concept, which combats defenses that switch ball screens.  Anyone who watched the NBA playoffs saw a plethora of switching defenses. Teams switch to negate any advantage the offense has gained via an off-ball screen or ball screen. NBA offenses have evolved,

April 2, 2018 - San Antonio, TEXAS, USA - The Villanova Wildcats celebrate after their NCAA Division I Men's National Championship Basketball game against the Michigan Wolverines held Monday April 2, 2018 at the Alamodome. Villanova Wildcats won 79-62. (Credit Image: © Edward A. Ornelas/San Antonio Express-News via ZUMA Wire)

The Wright Way: How Villanova Won the 2018 National Championship

Versatile players and a free flowing offensive system helped the Villanova Wildcats capture the 2018 men’s NCAA National Championship.  The story of the night was Donte DiVincenzo, who came off of the bench and sparked a huge run for Villanova, which continued to hit big shot after big shot throughout the game. Early on it was Michigan

February 12, 2018: North Carolina Tar Heels forward Luke Maye (32) goes for the layup in the NCAA basketball matchup at Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC. (Scott Kinser/Cal Sport Media)(Credit Image: © Scott Kinser/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Wooden Award Watch: Luke Maye Player Breakdown

North Carolina’s Luke Maye has put himself in the Wooden Award conversation with a versatile skillset based on elite shooting and rebounding. MORE Wooden Award Watch Series: Jalen Brunson Player Breakdown Luke Maye blasted onto the scene during North Carolina’s title run last season and eventually hit the game winning shot in the national championship game. The 6’8″

December 29, 2017 - Newark, New Jersey, U.S. - Creighton's guard Khyri Thomas (2) looks to make a play as Seton Hall's guard Khadeen Carrington (00) defends in the first half during NCAA action between the Seton Hall Pirates and the Creighton Bluejays at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Seton Hall defeated Creighton 90-84. Duncan Williams/CSM(Credit Image: © Duncan Williams/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Footwork on the Catch: Creating an Advantage

Footwork is a very fundamental basketball skill, but it can turn an average offensive player into a dangerous one. Whether 10 years old or 20, footwork is a key fundamental to a player’s overall game. Proper footwork can help a player gain an advantage, create spacing, draw fouls, and prevent travels and other types of turnovers. Footwork is the

January 10, 2018: Villanova Wildcats guard Jalen Brunson (1) in action during the NCAA basketball game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Villanova Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Villanova Wildcats won 89-65. Christopher Szagola/CSM(Credit Image: © Chris Szagola/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Wooden Award Watch: Jalen Brunson Player Breakdown

Villanova’s Jalen Brunson is a player of the year candidate who excels at fundamentals for a complete overall game.  Jalen Brunson has been a staple of college basketball for the last 3 seasons. The Villanova junior is a coach’s dream when it comes to point guard play. He is a winner and leader who can shoot

July 26, 2017 - Albuquerque, NM, U.S. - Albuquerque Journal.Pictured is New Mexico's mens basketball coach Paul Weir(cq) inside his office at working at a stand up desk. photographed inside the film room at the Rudy Davalos basketball practice facility. .Albuquerque, New Mexico Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal (Credit Image: © Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal via ZUMA Wire)

Go Home Coach: 5 Ways to Save Time and Be More Efficient

The basketball season is long and grueling. Once practices and games begin, the days and nights can blend together. In order to lead and mentor their teams, coaches often sacrifice things like time with family, friends, themselves, not to mention sleep and exercise. Having a proper work/life balance is important to the health of coaches, and

September 29, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A - Amir Coffey dribbles during a drill. ] LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.com ....BACKGROUND INFORMATION: University of Minnesota mens basketball practice with new coach Richard Pitino at their first practice on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Williams Arena. ORG XMIT: MIN1709291622530139 (Credit Image: © Leila Navidi/Minneapolis Star Tribune via ZUMA Wire)

3 Keys to In Season Player Development

Player development is often the focus during the off season as players work on improving weaknesses and overall game. In season, practice time is heavily focused on team concepts, and understandably so. However, it is just as important to include player development work so players maintain skills that were enhanced during the off season, and even improve

November 15, 2017 - Jinan, Jinan, China - Jinan, CHINA-15th November 2017:(EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT) ..Members of the Shenzhen Team including American professional basketball player Jared Sullinger do warm-up exercise before the match during CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) 2017/18 in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, November 15th, 2017. (Credit Image: © SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire)

Pregame Visualization Techniques to Improve Performance

Visualization in sports and athletic performance has become more common over the last several decades. Teams and players have been using it to help clear their minds, think positively, review the game and improve performance. Athletes such as Carli Lloyd and Lindsey Vonn, actor Will Smith and even Oprah Winfrey have been known to use

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