Duke Basketball: Skill Development

Takeaways for all players, coaches & trainers:

What to work on? What is going to get you on the floor.

What is the difference between a good player and a great player? The fundamentals and the way they do things.

The biggest adjustment for players going into college? The basics.

  • Coach Chris Carrawell: “The league we play in, they are not going to let you dribble 25 times and shoot a step-back 3. What we try to get these guys to understand is simple in college basketball is really effective. In the NBA, the teams that win do the simple stuff well.”
  • Coach Jon Scheyer: Emphasize shooting spot shots. “We really like to drive the ball and get drive and kicks. So being able to knock down your open 3’s is a big thing. Moving forward, we start building in specific movements. Coming off screens, working on change of direction moves and getting into the paint and focusing on footwork.”

Shooting 100-200 game-like shots will go further then spending a lot of unnecessary time in the gym working on parts of your game that does not translate to live play.

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June Newsletter for Coaches, Players & Parents

  • Finding your Team Leaders from Texas Head Coach, Shaka Smart
  • Shooting Drills on The Gun from former Wisconsin Head Coach, Bo Ryan
  • NBA Champion, Nick Nurse – 1st Year Head Coach with Plenty of Head Coaching Experience
  • Articles on ‘Be the Same, Whether You’re Up or Down: A Lesson From Golden State’s Steve Kerr,’ and ‘Inside the relationship that unleashed Steph Curry’s greatness.’
  • A breakdown of Decision Making & Reads on Baseline Drives using WNBA highlight
  • Play of the Month: Portland Trail Blazers – Rub Flare/Kill


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What we can learn from the San Antonio Spurs – Pound the Rock

Practice after practice, day after day, season after season, the Spurs pound the rock. They get 1% better every day. They know that the first one hundred blows may not yield the outcome they hope for, but only through one hundred unsuccessful blows will come the one that cracks the rock, the one breakthrough victory, the next world title.

We live in a world where some people believe that high-level athletic performance is easy and that people are born with talent and greatness. They want immediate mastery. They want all the accolades without most of the sweat. They want to hit the rock on the first blow and have it break. The world is full of people looking for a shortcut to the top. There are none. Are you willing to pound the rock?

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April Newsletter for Coaches, Players & Parents

  • Transition Defense Tenants from Kevin Eastman
  • Shooting Drills on The Gun from former Gonzaga Coach, Jerry Krause
  • Chris Beard, “Why I Coach”, from his time as Head Coach at Angelo State
  • Articles on how heartbreak didn’t break Tony Bennett and ND Coach Muffet McGraw Says ‘We Don’t Have Enough Women in Power.’
  • A look at Virginia readings away screens & turning a flare screen into a back-screen
  • Play of the Month: Virginia – Elevator Rip

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Teaching Points from the 2019 Men’s Final Four

Tom Izzo

Rebounding – Send 4 to the boards

  • Guys are constantly going (gives your players mental edge, keeps them aggressive)
  • If you send 4 and they don’t get board you lose (players must fight for every board)
  • Forces other teams to adjust
  • Most basketball players don’t enjoy contact—tougher team usually wins
  • Go after ball instead of letting it come to you

DRILL: 2 v 2 Rebounding—Block out drill

  • Working on hit, find, and get
  • Make sure players go after ball with 2 hands
  • Grab ball above your head=good rebound
  • Coaching offensive and defensive rebounding at the same time. Offensive rebounder tries to get even footing with the defender. Don’t just lean on defensive guy

Tony Bennett

“Pack Line” Defense

  • Dotted line on the floor 16-17 feet from the basket.
  • Nobody goes outside the line with the exception of the on-ball defender.
  • Defenders inside the pack must stay in a stance and see both. Have vision!
  • No help move, just a recovery move.

Ball Pressure

  • Closeouts – run 2 steps, chop rest of the way. Come out with high hands.
  • DO NOT let the ball-handler go baseline.
  • DO NOT allow the ball-handler to shoot a rhythm shot.
  • Try to force the ball-handler to an angle. Turn him and level him off.
  • No straight line drives – the more you turn the ball-handler, the better.
  • Shooters – Have to bother hand. Get hands up on the ball, not on the face.
  • Against the ball you must =
    Closeout/Take away baseline/Take away rhythm shots/Level off/Bother/Jump to the ball

Bruce Pearl

“Raise the level of expectations they have for themselves. As sons, as brothers, as son’s of God. No one should have higher expectations for you than yourself. Focus on the positives, everyone is good at something, find that in all your players.”

Under out of bounds defense “15”

Coach Pearl uses a number system to call all of his defense. First digit indicates where the defense picks up (50’s were full court, 40’s were 3/4, 30’s half court, 20’s in the scoring area, and 10’s were under out).

The second number indicates the type of defense (0 = no switching, 1= 1-3-1, 2 = 2-3, 3 = 3-2, 5= switching everything).
55 would then be full court man, switch everything etc.
15 builds from the inside out. The ball can’t ever go inside. If they get anything it has to be a lob or a pass way outside. If you have good ball pressure you can steal these passes.
Rules:
1)Don’t let the man on the ball side block duck in.
2)Don’t allow any clean screens.
3)All defenders must stay inside their man.
4)On ball defender must have hands up. Any low pass is a steal for someone else.
5)Come together on all screens. If you are switching onto a screener win the foot fight and get below him so he can’t slip.

Chris Beard

“In basketball, there is no right decision. After you make a decision, you make it the right decision.”

300 Club – Making 300 made 3’s every day in practice from the start of the season to the end
Kill Drill – 3 Consecutive Stops (7 kills in a game is an automatic win) – 21 stops in a game

We believe in daily film. Daily film is crucial-Day to Day work in the film room-minimum of 10 minutes a day.
No cell phones at team functions (team meals and bus rides)

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Should High School basketball use a shot clock?

Would implementing a shot clock at the high school level improve the game of basketball? With every game that is slowed down by long possessions & the final score kept in the 30’s, regardless of outcome, the debate rages on among the basketball community.

Would adding a shot clock improve player development? Provide a better viewing experience? Allow the better team that night the best chance to win? Better prepare players for the college level? How much will it cost?

Below are two insightful articles that cover both sides of the argument:

For – https://www.basketballforcoaches.com/high-school-shot-clock/

Against – https://rlsdailymail.wordpress.com/2019/03/03/high-school-basketball-heres-hoping-time-has-run-out-on-shot-clock-idea/

Earlier this season, our Twitter poll question overwhelmingly was in favor of adding a shot clock in the state of Ohio. Comment below and let us know where you stand.

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February Newsletter for Coaches, Players & Parents

The February newsletter features:

  • Program Organization from Virginia Tech Head Coach, Buzz Williams
  • Shooting Drills on The Gun from Davidson Head Coach, Bob McKillop
  • Kobe Bryant visits with Nick Saban during Alabama Training Days
  • Articles on Arizona State women’s Head Coach, Charli Turner Thorne, who pushes her team to stay positive & How the managing partner of a multi-billion-dollar private equity firm became a college basketball coach in Virginia
  • A look at Michigan State’s primary fastbreak
  • Play of the Month: Marquette – Double Blur

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Kobe Bryant with Nick Saban on the importance of loving the process

1). Edit your life – What is most important to you? Things will become clearer very quickly.

2). If you want to be at a excellent level; you have to be excellent all of the time. It’s a way of life.

3). The Process – loving the daily grind and putting the puzzle together. The successes and setbacks are all a part of the journey.

4). Everybody wants to be the beast but not everybody wants to do what the beasts do.

5). With patience you have to be impatient but you can’t get frustrated. Ask yourself: “why am I not playing and what can I do differently?”

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January Newsletter for Coaches, Players & Parents

The January newsletter features:

  • Some Things I Think Are Over-Done from Texas Legend GM, Del Harris
  • Shooting Drills on The Gun from Saint Joseph’s University Head Coach, Phil Martelli
  • “Where does changing team culture start?” from Cori Close, UCLA Women’s Head Coach
  • Articles on Michigan assistant coach, Luke Yaklich, who has taken Michigan to another gear defensively & how Kevin Keatts is building his style of play at NC State.
  • How to defend screen-the-screener action using the “shark” concept.
  • Play of the Month: MIlwaukee Bucks – SLOB – Box Double

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Just Hoops Highlight Series – Attacking Hedges

Hedging ball-screens is a staple of successful half-court defensive teams. The goal of hedging is to the funnel the ball-handler’s momentum to half-court. To help make quick decisions study the feet of the screeners defender to find out the ball-screen coverage. Trae Young showcases examples of how to counter hedging by attacking the defenders top hip & splitting the ball-screen when the defender was unattached.

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