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December 4, 2018 - New York, NY, U.S. - NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04:  Oklahoma Sooners guard Christian James (0) during the first half of the College Basketball Game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Oklahoma Sooners on December 4, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY.(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Rich Graessle/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Playing With Offensive Freedom

Playing With Offensive Freedom

Playing with offensive freedom – four keys to playing with more freedom and less complexity.   There is a spectrum of coaches and we all fall somewhere along this spectrum. On one end is the rigid coach who calls every play and coaches every dribble. On the other end is the coach who basically rolls the

March 8, 2019: Virginia Tech Hokies coach Buzz Williams call a play during NCAA basketball action between the Miami (Fl) Hurricanes and the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cassell Coliseum Blacksburg, VA. Virginia Tech defeats Miami (Fl) 84 -70. Jonathan Huff/CSM(Credit Image: © Jonathan Huff/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Basketball Strategy: There’s No “Right” Way to Play or Coach

It’s all about preference – teams with various styles of play are succeeding in today’s game, as evidenced by recent champions. During the 2019 men’s NCAA Tournament, basketball coaches and fans across the world saw a collection of some of the best games in recent memory. Specifically, the Sweet Sixteen and Eight Eight featured teams with

March 8, 2019 - St. Louis, Missouri, U.S - Duke head coach DARIAN DEVRIES takes to his team during a media time out in the quarter final round of the Arch Madness, Missouri Valley Conference Men's Tournament  held at The Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO (Photo credit Richard Ulreich / ZUMA Press) (Credit Image: © Richard Ulreich/ZUMA Wire)

Coaching Tip: Be Consistent in Your Leadership and Messaging

No matter the talent level, wins or losses, it’s important for coaches to maintain a standard of leadership at all times. I was out of town on a college visit trip with my son last month. While we were there, he was telling me about how one of the top high school basketball teams in

VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN – MAY 19, 2019: BC CSKA Moscow's Sergio Rodriguez dribbles past BC Anadolu Efes Istanbul's Vasilije Micic (R-L) in their 2019 Basketball Euroleague Final Four championship game, at Fernando Buesa Arena  (Credit Image: © Valery Sharifulin/TASS via ZUMA Press)

CSKA Moscow: EuroLeague Champions Breakdown – Early Offense

See what one of the most successful teams in Europe, CSKA Moscow, runs to take advantage early in possessions. Cementing it’s reputation as one of the top basketball clubs in Europe, CSKA Moscow won the EuroLeague Championship in dramatic fashion, surviving Final Four battles against Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes. This is the eight EuroLeague title in

March 2, 2019: Lamonte Turner #1 of the Tennessee Volunteers shoots the ball during the NCAA basketball game between the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the University of Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville TN Tim Gangloff/CSM(Credit Image: © Tim Gangloff/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Video Playbook: Staggered Screens

Video Playbook: Staggered Screens – A look across the basketball landscape at options and actions stemming from the staggered down screen. The staggered down screen is a staple in many motion offenses across the basketball landscape. In this video playbook we will look at college, NBA and International teams using the staggered down screen. Staggered Screens:

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Turn Things Upside Down with Inverted Offense

Flip the traditional setup – Inverted Offense posts up a guard, running actions above to create huge advantages and tough covers. If you’ve ever had the privilege of attending the NABC Convention at the Final Four, you know the event is full of big-named presenters. This year was no different with coaches like John Beilein, Bruce

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Off-Season Improvement: Time to Get Better as a “Coach”

Make sure part of your off-season preparation is devoted to you becoming a better coach in general, not just a better coach in basketball. Normally, my posts here are often reposted from original blogs on my own site, Great Resources for Coaches site, and I’ve been grateful that FastModel Sports has allowed me to spread my

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Championship Mindset: Keys to Winning in the Postseason

Lessons on what it takes to win when it matters most – the postseason – from a coach with a track record of success. Every year, we prepare and plan to play on the last possible day in March. At Varina High School, where I spent six years building a program from the ground up, we made that an

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