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January 11, 2017: Wichita State Shockers guard Austin Reaves (12) runs Loyola (Il) Ramblers guard Clayton Custer (13) into a screen set by Wichita State Shockers forward Rashard Kelly (0) during the NCAA Basketball Game between the Loyola Ramblers and the Wichita State Shockers at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita,Kansas. Kendall Shaw/CSM(Credit Image: © Kendall Shaw/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Attacking the Switch: Set Plays vs Switching Defense

Attacking the Switch: Set Plays vs Switching Defense

As you prepare for the upcoming season, it is important to have a game plan versus a switching man-to-man defense. A team that switches everything can be disruptive and hard to play against if you are not adequately prepared. Whether you run pure motion, a set play system or continuities; having a few set plays

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Off-Season Coaching Development

You’ve Heard About Player Development – But What About Coaching Development?! Coaches dedicate their lives to helping their players improve. Player Development is common phrase in basketball, usually referring to the offseason when individual growth is a focus for athletes. However, Coach Development is just as important during this period! This day and age, things

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FastDraw: The Ultimate PROGRAM Tool

Tips and creative uses for FastDraw as a program tool for developing top-to-bottom program alignment.  In many hours of counseling basketball coaches, a common struggle I hear is lack of program alignment. There are many factors that may inhibit this from situation to situation, but it often is the fault of the head coach for not having

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EuroLeague Final Four Preview

Istanbul plays host to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four and qualifiers Real Madrid, CSKA, Olympiacos and Fenerbahce.  The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four tips off Friday in Istanbul, Turkey. After winning quarterfinal playoff series Real Madrid, CSKA, Olympiacos and Fenerbahce will battle for the championship with the semifinals on Friday and the championship on Sunday.

December 31, 2016 - Omaha, NE U.S. - Creighton Bluejays guard Marcus Foster #0 in 1st half transition action during an NCAA men's basketball game between #1 Villanova Wildcats and #10 Creighton Bluejays at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE..Attendance: 18,831 Third-largest crowd in Creighton men's basketball history.Villanova won 80-70.Michael Spomer/Cal Sport Media(Credit Image: © Michael Spomer/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Defending Disadvantage Situations

Transition defense starts with being able to defend in disadvantage or outnumbered situations. On paper, basketball is played 5v5. But in application basketball is played in advantage/disadvantage situations. Creating advantage situations is paramount for offense and the ability to neutralize disadvantages makes for championship defense. The difference between winning and losing may come down to

March 8, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN, U.S. - North head coach Larry McKenzie read an inspirational quote to his players before the start of practice Tuesday afternoon.    ]  JEFF WHEELER •     Minneapolis North Polars, a program synonymous with basketball excellence, is back in the state tournament for the first time since 2003. They practiced after school Tuesday afternoon, March 8, 2016 ahead of their tournament game on Thursday. (Credit Image: � Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune via ZUMA Wire)

Drill Progression – Phasing

Basketball coaches must acquire the valuable and fundamental coaching skill of phasing drill progressions.  Practice planning is a skill, and like any other skill it must be practiced before there is proficiency. Expert level skills from players, such as shooting and passing, are not hard to spot. Just as players with the expert level skill in those

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