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Motion Offense – Foundations

  There has been talk among basketball coaches, observers, fans and analysts this season about how basketball is becoming unwatchable. Scoring is down at the NCAA level and bad offense is partly to blame. One college basketball expert offered the opinion that far fewer coaches are taking the time and trouble to really TEACH offense...

Mental Edge – Perceived Relevance

Nobody wants to be wrong.  Players, coaches, officials or fans.  Every person is entitled to their own opinion but yet everyone wants their opinion to be right.  Think back to a time when you were corrected on something you cared about.  The natural instinct is to rebut to defend your point of view because there...

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Defending America’s Play

America’s Play, or pick the picker, remains one of the hardest actions to defend at every level of competition. Successfully defending the play start with good cross screen defense. Here is how we defended the action in Detroit: Defending the Cross Screen The man defending the cutter must make contact with his man before he...

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Creating Feeder Systems in High School Basketball

A common complaint I hear from numerous high school coaches is that when the Freshman class arrives on campus in the fall, they are not very skilled on the basics of basketball. (Check out my post, tips on coaching youth basketball, geared towards players 12 and under.) Because high school coaches have their own offensive and defensive philosophies, they...

My Dean Smith Memory

As an 18 year NCAA Division I head and assistant coach, I was blessed to have coached against the best.  Bob Knight, Coach K, Eddie Sutton, Tom Izzo, Tom Davis, Ralph Miller, Billy Donovan, Roy Williams……and Dean Smith. Our Miami of Ohio team won the 1990-91 MAC regular season and tournament championship.  Fortunately we were placed...

Fundamentals Your Team Should Practice Daily

In the game of basketball, there are a number of fundamental skills that are necessary to be able to compete. For example, the ability to dribble without getting the ball stolen, to pass the ball around the defense to reach open teammates, or to make a free throw. While the talent of each player and...

2014 Men’s Final Four Preview

FastModel is devoted to providing the most cutting edge products when it comes to preparing for your opponents. We have decided to take this technology and share with you a scouting report breaking down each team and their key players. Click the link below to download your copy today! If you want to learn more...

Top 10 Books for Basketball Coaches

We can all agree that any book written by or about John Wooden are some of the best books to read to improve as coaches. However, there a number of thought provoking reads that will not only help you become a better coach, but a better person. Below is a list of some of our...

5 Essential Phases of a Basketball Post-Game Routine

Some programs do not give this topic the attention it deserves, post-game routines need to be addressed with the same sense of urgency as the pre-game routines. As a college head coach, I ensured these five phases of post-game breakdown were part of our routine after every game. PHASE I: POST-GAME LOCKER ROOM MEETING Briefly address...

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