In this installment of Drill of the Week, we are developing Nirra’s handle and floater while continuing to develop her ability to come off a screen.
This drill offers a way to condition your players while they have to focus on multiple parts of their game (i.e handle, passing, reading the defense, talking).
First, Nirra starts by entering the ball in to the wing. As she is entering the ball in to the wing, we place a manager to defend her to make her work on ball handling and passing with pressure. As Nirra enters the ball in to the wing, she runs her defender past the cones, setting her up to step back and receive the ball at the top of the key. This action comes out of our chin series, where our players must be able to read their defender and get open off the screen correctly.
Once Nirra has received the ball, she will rip through quickly attacking the middle of the floor. This is where we place a second defender in the middle of key as a help defender to make Nirra use her floater. There are a variety of ways that you can develop your floater. You can shoot them off one foot, two feet, off the jump stop or even euro step. Whichever way you choose to do so, make sure you focus on your touch and consistent follow through upon your release.
Lastly, after Nirra makes her floater she will get the ball out of the net and move toward the sideline. Once she is here, Nirra will go one-on-one against a defender work on her ball handle under more pressure. This a great time to increase pressure on your player and have that player explore what combination of moves that can be effective for them.
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