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February 3, 2020

A plan to turn good shooters great

by Hal Wissel, contributing writer
Every player on your team wants to be a better shooter. But, becoming a better shooter takes dedication to the physical and mental side of the act of shooting. If players understand the proper mechanics... more »
January 28, 2020

Breakdown drills for feeding the high post against zones

by John Lacitignola, contributing writer
Young players who don’t have much experience playing against zone defenses often overlook the high post as a viable option. If you can get your players to flash to the middle as your team swings... more »
January 22, 2020

Continuity offense creates post opportunities without a true post player

by Kevin Wolma, contributing writer
High school coaches don’t have the opportunity to scout and recruit players to fill roles on their teams. They must play the hand they're dealt. That means some years you have a big front line,... more »
January 16, 2020

‘Jab’ series builds footwork for perimeter scoring opportunities

by Mike Hyman, contributing writer
Coaches constantly search for more scoring opportunities from their offense’s perimeter players. Most scoring comes from set offensive patterns involving screens, quick ball movement to free up perimeter scorers, or penetration with kick outs. Another... more »
January 8, 2020

‘Umbrella’ press breaker protects against defensive storm

by Julious Coleman, contributing writer
“Umbrella” is an effective press breaker that’s designed to get the ball into the hands of your best ball handlers. The offense is set up so that you have a player in the middle (a... more »
January 1, 2020

Drills and plays to win in the game’s final seconds

by John Kimble
The final seconds of a tightly contested game show the character and preparedness of your team. Typically, chaos ensues and a player fires up a shot from a spot on the floor that has little... more »
December 23, 2019

’22’ half-court press smothers ball handlers

by Doc Green, contributing writer
The "22” is a highly effective 2-2-1 half-court press defense. It has turned some of my average defensive teams into ball-hawking defensive squads. There are many benefits to running the “22.” It disrupts the opposing team’s... more »
December 16, 2019

Using interior screens to bust zone defenses

by Julious Coleman, contributing writer
No matter where you turn, there’s someone talking about ways to beat a man-to-man defenses. Sit down with some coaches or attend a clinic, and if you’re talking about defense, the strategic emphasis is typically... more »
December 9, 2019

An aggressive 1-3-1 zone for trap, half-court defenses

by David Hoch, contributing writer
Initially, our 1-3-1 zone was intended to serve as a half-court trap in a multiple defense package. When the trap was broken, our players were instructed to fall back into another half-court defense, such as... more »
December 2, 2019

Steve Prohm’s defensive stance & closeout drills

by Winning Hoops
* Editor's note: Steve Prohm shared these drills with Winning Hoops in 2012, when he was the head coach of the Murray State men’s basketball team. Iowa State men's basketball coach Steve Prohm believes in... more »