We work on creating good spacing around the perimeter when someone penetrates to the rim. Early in this drill we work on creating a catch at the wing and penetrating to the paint. The partners start opposite each other on the wing and try to create a catch. One player gets the ball and penetrates, then the other player “floods” to the opposite corner for a shot. The penetrator can drive to the middle or baseline, but the shooter always “floods” to the baseline corner. Many offensive systems refer to this action as a “drift” to the corner. We may add defenders to penetrate past or a help defender to stop the penetrator and close-out on the shooter. Adding the defenders is good if you have extra players or want to create more game-like reps. The next segment of the drill has the partner passer at the top of the key then “fills” behind the penetrator. We try to have the spot the penetrator vacated filled on penetration because this is usually a great spot to get a shot. Giving the penetrator confidence that someone will be in the “fill” spot is important.
The next part of the drill still has one player creating a catch on the wing, while their partner is posting up. The penetrator attacks the paint and the partner post reads which way the penetrator is going. The partner in the post does an “I-cut” to the elbow area if the penetrator attacks baseline. The partner in the post slides to the “short corner” if the penetrator attacks middle. You can add a defender on the penetrator and a defender on the low post who helps stop the penetrator to give this drill live reads.
Working together on passing and reads creates confidence in each other. All coaches like confident players who have put in the work.