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May 26, 2018 - Milan, Milan, Italy - Arturas Gudaitis (#77 EA7 Emporio Armani Milano) shoots a layup during a basketball game of Poste Mobile Playoff Lega Basket A between  EA7 Emporio Armani Milano vs Germani Basket Brescia at Mediolanum Forum, in Milan, Italy, on 26 May 2018. (Credit Image: © Roberto Finizio/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press)

Scoring Made Simple: 3 Easy Yet Effective Shots to Practice

Scoring Made Simple: 3 Easy Yet Effective Shots to Practice

Don’t sleep on the fundamentals – add these three simple shots to your player development routine and see scoring go up! There are several ways to score in basketball, with the jumpshot being a primary one (especially in today’s game where the three-pointer is so heavily emphasized). But, to become a complete player, it is important to

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Buying in to Defense: 8 Drills to Guard the Basketball Better

Sure, a huge part of playing defense is mindset and attitude, but these eight drills will teach skill and technique.  Oftentimes, when coaches talk about focusing on skill development in practice, they are referring to working on offensive skills like shooting, passing, ball handling, and finishing. Being a successful defender is almost always considered an

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Skill Building for Dribble Drive Motion Offenses

These four drills build skills for Dribble Drive Motion offenses, and provide a structure to develop common skills for any offensive system. Developing Skills to Fit Your Offense Developing the “skills” necessary to excel within your offensive system is perhaps the most important thing coaches will accomplish on the practice floor. A good reflective practice for coaches is to

January 16, 2018: South Carolina Gamecocks guard Hassani Gravett (2) defends the drive by Kentucky Wildcats guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (22) in the SEC Basketball matchup at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC. (Scott Kinser/Cal Sport Media)(Credit Image: © Scott Kinser/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

So You Want to Be a College Basketball Player?

Some quick advice on what it takes to be an impact college basketball player from a Division III basketball coach.  “There’s a difference between being a college basketball player and being an impact college basketball player.” Every spring, I enjoy scrolling through my social media feed looking at all the college commitments by graduating student-athletes

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,

March 15, 2018 - San Diego, CA, USA - SAN DIEGO, March 15, 2018 | Wichita State's Darral Willis Jr., center, Brett Barney, right, and Rauno Nurger share a laugh during Wichita State's practice for the NCAA tournament at the Viejas Arena in San Diego on Thursday. | Photo by Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/Mandatory Credit: HAYNE PALMOUR IV/SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE/ZUMA PRESS San Diego Union-Tribune Photo by Hayne Palmour IV copyright 2017 (Credit Image: © Hayne Palmour Iv/San Diego Union-Tribune via ZUMA Wire)

Pre-Practice: Setting the Tone for Success

The 15-20 minutes before official practice begins are crucial, and having a pre-practice routine can help set the tone for success. Designing and organizing a successful daily practice plan may be the most important quality of any successful coach. Practice plan design, time length, and practice goals may be differ for each coach, but I

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Jay Bilas Skills Camp: Top 5 Takeaways for Coaches

The 2018 edition of the Jay Bilas Skills Camp continued to provide both coaches and players exceptional opportunities to improve. The Jay Bilas Skills Camp is quickly becoming one of the best basketball camps in the entire country. At the camp, players are split into teams, which are each led by a full coaching staff.

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The Inside Out – Episode 47: Work Like A Pro

Thrive3, a leading basketball skills training group, is excited to partner with FastModel Sports to offer our weekly videos series, The Inside Out, on the FMS blog platform and directly to its audience of coaches, trainers and players. The series will provide drills from Thrive3’s player development system used to train top athletes from youth to professional

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The Most Innovative Coaching Tool in Basketball – MaxOne

MaxOne is a must-have coaching resource to keep your program organized and communication efficient all year long. It can be tough to keep up when it comes to technology and innovation in the sport of basketball. Coaches and athletes are always looking for an edge, and new technologies are continuously coming into play. It’s important

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