In this segment of Drill of the Week, we have Nirra Fields and Darexia Morris in a drill that combines reading and using a screen, ball handling, and conditioning.
In our program, we like to utilize our drill work to reflect what we do offensively and defensively. We place purpose on what we drill to connect to what we coach and teach. This drill captures a read out of our chin offense, where our guards have to be able to make the right read off the elbow screen. We teach each player to set their defender up at the screen; Hesitate at the point of screen; Call your cut off of the screen. As you see in this drill, you can make a variety of reads once you come to the screen. You can curl, flare, or basket cut, all depending on how you read your defender. Once you score, you will sprint to the sideline and work on your combination ball handle. This is a great way to have guards try new ways to combine some of their go to moves. We like to have our guards go through each rep at full speed and recover once they are back in line. Conditoning is vital in this drill because we want our players to be able to make the appropriate reads, and maintain a high level of skill when they are fatigued.
We hope you enjoy this one!
We’re back with another edition of “Play of the Week” with UCLA Women’s Basketball. This week we look at one of our Zone Offensive Sets that creates inside touches and perimeter jumpers.
In this play we work to get the ball into the high post, and then create movement and spacing off of the pass. Once the ball is entered into the high post, the opposite post dives through the key to draw zone defenders or get an easy high low look. More often than not the defense collapses on the post dive through the key, which in turn creates an open look for shooters on the perimeter filling the space that defenders left.
The second video clip shows the high post passer following her pass into a ball screen. The guard reads the D on the ball screen, then makes the correct decision to shoot as the defender goes under the screen.
In the last two video clips you can see how effective the high-low pass can be against the zone. Cutting through the key from high to low puts a lot of pressure on the defense to communicate and guard the cutter. In these two clips, we were able to make the high-low pass to an open post cutter. Sometimes the simple pass and player movement can create great shots for your team. Get the ball to the free throw line vs the zone to enhance your scoring options.
In this episode of “Play of the Week”, we are looking for a post-up opportunity for one of our forwards and a look for our shooter coming off a double screen. We put this play in as an additional look to one of our sets, and it quickly became one of our favorites. We utilize a post player at the elbow as a primary passer in this set. Getting the ball to the elbow puts pressure on the defense to defend screens and cuts with the ball in the middle of the floor. Having a post player that can deliver the pass to the open player on time & on target is critical.
The first video clip shows the defenders cheating towards the post up, so therefore we get the open 3pter on the opposite side. The second video clip shows how easily you can get a quick slip into the post by faking a flare screen. In the third clip, we start the action with a back pick instead of a fake flare screen to get the post up…the back pick action creates an open 3pt look for our guard in this play. It may look like a separate play, but it is just a little false motion to disguise the action. The last video clip shows that the back pick can create an easy look at the rim too!
Keep finding ways to put your team in a position to utilize their strengths!