I’ve been watching a lot of college basketball recently and noticed an interesting trend- unless they’ve called a timeout to draw something special, most coaches use the same starting alignment for every baseline out of bounds (BLOB) play. Coach Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks is a great example of this idea. Although I (and the opposing team) knows that they’re going to go to a box every time, they regularly get open dunks and 3’s.
If you watch the NCAA, one offense that you’ll see often is the high post spread motion. Many teams run this offense, including Dana Altman’s Oregon Ducks and Brad Underwood’s SFA and Oklahoma State teams. All these teams have winning records and the highly versatile high post spread offense is a reason why.
This system uses “4 out, 1 in” spacing with 4 perimeter players spread out above the free throw line and one big at the high post. This unique arrangement is great because:
- Score inside without a dominating big man– this offense draws the big up away from the basket, creating space for drives and back door cuts.
- Good vs pressure– overplaying will lead to an open backdoor layup/make the defense vulnerable to the many back screens in the offense.
- Can run vs many defenses– the spread offense works vs a zone or man because it’s so versatile. Anti-zone concepts like overloading, spacing and using the high post are already applied.
- Easy to teach basic continuity, plenty to build upon– as my videos will demonstrate, teams regularly get buckets off its standard action, yet there are also dozens of sets for special situations.
However, there’s a couple of reasons why only high school or college teams tend to run this offense:
- Need a scrappy, yet skilled big man– the high post big is one of the most important positions on the floor. You need a big who can not only shoot and drive from there, but also set tons of tough screens and fight for offensive rebounds. However, he doesn’t need to be able to score with post moves.
- Entire team needs great timing on passes and catches– everyone need to be able to pass the ball in this offense, not just your point guard. If you want to run this offense you’ll have to run tons of passing drills from day one of practice.
That said, as we’ve seen with these NCAA teams, when you have the right personnel, you can pile up tons of points on defenses. It’s certainly a great offense for player development as it puts players in situations where they’ll have to read the defense and decide whether to pass or attack.
So far in this blog, I’ve advocated for coaches to run the motion offense, but there are reasons why you might want to use a set play from time to time:
- Initiating the motion offense– sometimes you just need to mix things up if the defense has read and adjusted to your first options.
- Getting a shot with limited time– whilst I’m certainly part of the camp that says you should run motion offense throughout the fourth quarter, if you’ve only got 10 seconds on the shot clock, your team has to make a move quickly.
- Inbounding the ball– if a team is pressing or zoning you’ll need something set to beat it.
A play’s success shouldn’t be contingent on executing an exact sequence of moves, but rather on the fundamentals of the team. Another thought is that the more you run a play, it becomes less set and more “motion”, meaning that your players will learn about the different options available to them and be able to react to the defense rather than just follow what you’ve drawn up. Keep these ideas in mind as you browse these 5 successful plays used by NCAA college teams:
- Kansas Jayhawks Flex BOB– for a layup/deep post up
- Villanova Line Stack SLOB– to inbound the ball vs tight defense
- Michigan State Horns Loop– to get the best shot possible
- Duke Double Stack Low– to attack a 2-3 zone
- Wisconsin Diamond Circle SLOB– for a game winning 3
Rebounding doesn’t just win games, it wins championships. (P.S those aren’t my words, they’re paraphrasing the words of HOF coach Pat Summitt). It’s also no coincidence that a list of the most prolific rebounders in NBA history (think Bill Russell, Wilt, Kareem, Rodman, Duncan) also happens to be a list of players who have won most of the championships from the 50’s up to the 2010’s.
Unfortunately, rebounding is also one of the most neglected fundamentals. Coaches spend tons of time teaching shooting, dribbling, defense and offense, but when it comes to rebounding it’s suddenly just about “wanting the ball more”. Whilst I agree that a hunger for the ball is at the heart of rebounding, a few drills can go a long way towards teaching rebounding technique and showing to your players that rebounding is a game winning skill.
This week I’ve put together a list of 16 championship level rebounding drills. They’ll cover all your needs including:
- Teaching rebounding technique
- Scoring off the offensive rebound
- Rebounding into transition offense
- Games based rebounding drills
Scroll through this article and plug in the best drills for you into your next practice!
A common mistakes of a rookie coach is that they start out by teaching the “full” version of their offense, with 5 players on the court. There are several reasons why this approach is flawed:
- All great coaches have stressed the importance of paying attention to detail. The more players you have on the court, the harder it is to focus on the details.
- Your players spend lots of time standing around listening to you rather than learning through playing.
- The way most coaches do this is by splitting their team into starters vs bench- with the starters on offense and getting the most attention. If you want a deep bench that understands how to run your offense 1 through 15, then this is no way to go.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you’ll know that I love teaching basketball via small sided games. These are games with 1-4 players per team and specific goals that help breakdown an offense. Your players will learn by doing, rather than listening.
This week, I’m showing you 9 breakdown drills for the 4 out, 1 in motion offense. Note that although each drill is specific for the 4 out, they can be adapted for any motion offense with just a few tweaks.
How I suggest you use this blog is by first taking a quick look through it- I’ve highlighted what each breakdown drill is meant to focus on. If your team is having problems with that area, then learn how the drill works and put it into your next practice!
Those aren’t my words- they’re the words of Coach John Calipari, Kentucky Wildcats coach and the most prolific practitioner of the dribble drive motion offense today. The dribble drive motion offense is not just about teaching basketball skills- it also requires you to drill a relentless “attack” mentality into your players.
This week, I’ve put together 11 classic dribble drive motion drills that teach skills fundamental to the offense. Because of the uniqueness of this offense, my team had one special criteria when researching drills- each of these drills had to be presented by either Coach Calipari, or the creator of the DDM, Coach Vance Walberg.
We had to pore through dozens of videos but it was worth it. Not only are we sure that the drills are presented accurately, but the coaching points in this article are all supplied by these coaches as well.
Keep reading to learn how to run 11 classic dribble drive motion drills, like the blood series, drop layups, Cardinal, and the scramble drill.
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