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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

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

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

December 29, 2017 - Newark, New Jersey, U.S. - Creighton's guard Khyri Thomas (2) looks to make a play as Seton Hall's guard Khadeen Carrington (00) defends in the first half during NCAA action between the Seton Hall Pirates and the Creighton Bluejays at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Seton Hall defeated Creighton 90-84. Duncan Williams/CSM(Credit Image: © Duncan Williams/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Footwork on the Catch: Creating an Advantage

Footwork is a very fundamental basketball skill, but it can turn an average offensive player into a dangerous one. Whether 10 years old or 20, footwork is a key fundamental to a player’s overall game. Proper footwork can help a player gain an advantage, create spacing, draw fouls, and prevent travels and other types of turnovers. Footwork is the

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East Region – Josh Hart Jumpstops

The East Region #1 Seed Villanova Wildcats are lead by senior guard Josh Hart and his powerful jumpstops.  The top seed in the East Region belongs to the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats (31-3, Big East Champions). The ‘Cats are lead by senior guard Josh Hart (18.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.1 apg) and Hart may

Oct. 15, 2015 - Charlotte, NC, USA - Charlotte head basketball coach Mark Price, middle, talks with his team at half court prior to the Green and White scrimmage on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at Halton Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Credit Image: � Jeff Siner/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

Drills to Start Practice

Coaches are always looking for effective drills to start practice. Drills at the beginning of practice should get the players loose and prepare them for the mental and physical grind of a typical practice. The start of practice is also a great time to work on fundamentals such as dribbling, passing, footwork, and shooting. I

3 Drills to End Practice

Just as there are many ways to begin practice, there are plenty of drills to bring practice to a close. Below are five drills that offer a good balance of competitiveness, conditioning, and skill work.   USA Shooting: The set up for this drill includes 2 players at the far baseline and 3 lines of

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