Author Archives: Randy Sherman

January 16, 2019 - Los Angeles, California, U.S - Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder during an NBA basketball game between Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Credit Image: © Ringo Chiu/ZUMA Wire)

Defeating Choice-Supportive Bias

Defeating Choice-Supportive Bias

Coaches: Is Choice-Supportive Bias plaguing your ability to make good decision and move on from bad ones? Read more on Cognitive Biases and how they relate to coaching: Action Bias Pitfalls The Impact of Optimism Bias Avoiding Outcome Bias The Perils of Confirmation Bias Survivorship Bias in Coaching As coaches, we have all made decisions that we have

March 15, 2019 - New York, New York, U.S. - Villanova Wildcats guard Phil Booth (5) drives to the basket n the first half during semifinal round of the Big East Tournament between the Xavier Musketeers and the Villanova Wildcats at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Duncan Williams/CSM(Credit Image: © Duncan Williams/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Five Possessions: Villanova Fundamental Skills

#FivePossessions – Five curated possessions from the Villanova Wildcats where they demonstrate their exquisite brand of fundamental soundness. Powered by immaculate spacing, sweet shooting, a lethal drive-and-kick game and exquisite fundamentals, the Villanova Wildcats have captured two recent NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. A slightly different cast of characters won each of those two titles,

January 12, 2019 - Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S - NC State guard C.J. BRYCE (13) matching up against Pitt guard XAVIER JOHNSON (1) in a game on January 12, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. (Credit Image: © Ed Clemente/ZUMA Wire)

Five Possessions: North Carolina State 45 Degree Cuts

#FivePossessions – Five curated possessions from the North Carolina State Wolfpack where they demonstrate 45º Cuts in their Spread Ball Screen offense.  (Note: Second installment of a new series entitled #FivePossessions, where we take a look at five possessions featuring a team or player and dive into a particular topic.) The North Carolina State Wolfpack are one of

March 31, 2019: The Oregon Ducks backcourt of Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu (20), Oregon Ducks forward Ruthy Hebard (24), and Oregon Ducks forward Satou Sabally (0) watch a free throw during the NCAA Women's Championship Elite 8 game between the Oregon Ducks and the Mississippi State Bulldogs at the Moda Center, Portland, Oregon. Larry C. Lawson/CSM(Credit Image: © Larry C. Lawson/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Five Possessions: Oregon Ducks Zone Concepts

#FivePossessions – Five curated possessions from the Oregon Ducks where they demonstrate valuable Zone Offense concepts. (Note: In this new series entitled #FivePossessions, we’ll take a look at five possessions featuring a team or player and dive into a particular topic. First up, Zone Offense from Oregon Ducks Women’s Basketball.) The Oregon Ducks have one

March 21, 2019 - Hartford, CT, USA - Villanova head coach Jay Wright looks on during action against St. Mary's in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at XL Center in Hartford, Conn., on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Villanova advanced, 61-57. (Credit Image: © Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

Tips For Lean Coaching

Lean Coaching: Three tips for trimming away the excess that may exist in your coaching style In some recent reading on non-basketball subjects, I ran across the descriptive term lean. The term lean was used as a complimentary descriptor for an author’s writing style. To have a lean writing style means the author is not

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Video Playbook: The Short Roll

The short roll is an effective tool when the ball screen defense puts two on the ball. Here’s a look from some masters of the short roll.  When teaching ball screen offense, it is important to equip your players with solutions to various ball screen defense tactics. Without solutions you are just “running something” and doing a

February 09, 2019: Syracuse senior guard Frank Howard (23) on defense during the first half of play. The Syracuse Orange defeated the Boston College Eagles 67-56 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY. Alan Schwartz/CSM(Credit Image: © Alan Schwartz/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Zone Offense: Alignment

Alignment may be the key piece of zone offense. Here’s some tips for picking the right alignment versus various zone defenses.  When attacking zone defenses, the first step is to settle upon an offensive alignment. And starting from a good alignment may be all the “offense” you need versus a zone.  The traditional zone alignments

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