Whilst elite athleticism and NBA experience are the keys to team USA’s success at the senior level, the same cannot be said for it’s junior U17 team. Despite the narrower gulf in talent, the U17 team has seen no shortage of success, winning its most recent FIBA Championship this July to make it 4 in a row.
At some point the athleticisms are going to catch up with each other and it’s going to be a matter who have the best skill work.
The U17 team’s on court performance is identical to many high school teams- they run a full court press on defense and utilize a ball screen offense. No complex plays or defensive schemes are taught. Instead, what we learned from our interview with their U17 head coach, Don Showalter, is that daily drilling of basketball fundamentals is their key to success.
Today, we’ll breakdown coach Showalter’s 8 key principles to organizing training and show you how they can be applied to a practice plan- ones with drills used by coach Showalter himself. There are 2 complete annotated Practice Plans and 13 drills inside – keep reading to find out more!