Horns Ball-Screen – Reading the Midline Defender

This video highlights reading the defensive coverage on a Horns Ball-Screen with the ball-side screener rolling to the front of the rim. The ball-handler must “engage 2” with the ball-screen & “see the help.” The midline defender guarding the opposite corner is responsible to help on the roll. Using his eyes & a ball fake, the ball-handler is able to pull this defender away from the rim anticipating the skip pass. Being able to read the help defender & making a quick decision allows the pass to be on time & on target.

Shooting Line to Become a Straight Shooter

In order to become a great shooter, you must become a straight shooter first. From your shooting pocket you must move the basketball along your shooting line to eliminate any rounded or wasted movements. Your shooting line consists of:
1). Lead Foot
2). Lead Hip
3). Elbow
4). Shoulder
5). Wrist
A vertical/straight line must connect to all 5 parts of your shooting line.

Set Point – How to Improve the Arc on your Shot

Are you looking to help improve the arc of your shot? Shooting with a low set point will result in a flat, line-drive shot. Players must understand how lifting the basketball to their proper set point will dictate their arc
Three Quality Teaching Points that Players Must Answer Yes to:

  1. Does their elbow clear their shoulder?
  2. Does their thumb clear their forehead?
  3. Can they see the rim underneath the ball?

Coaching Audit – How On-Ball Principles Impact Post Defense

Coaching Audit – An examination of why we do what we do. When we think of improving our team, we must start by improving our processes. The first step is to study every aspect of our methods, analyze them and understand them.

How do you connect your on-ball principles with your post defense when the ball is below the FT line extended? Comment to share your coaching thoughts

What Coaches Will Be Looking For!

Trent Scarbrough grew up in Central Florida where he played his high school basketball at First Academy of Leesburg. Trent was known in the area as a long-range shooter making 72 three-pointers during his junior campaign. Trent ended up as one of the top shooters in the state in his division during his senior season, finishing third. Trent made 203 three pointers for his career while shooting at a 45% ratio. He went on to play his college ball at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Coach Trent offers quality advice for players at all levels as they enter try-outs. Execute these steps to make a strong impression & maximize every opportunity to move yourself forward. Coach Trent learned many valuable lessons as he navigated his playing career. The following expectations are what he shared with his current clients at Just Hoops:


  • When the coach is talking, keep eye contact with them the whole time (if kids are talking and messing around when the coach is talking, do not be a part of that group).
  • If he/she asked for a volunteer to demonstrate a drill, be the 1st to raise your hand.
  • Ask follow up questions if you are not 100% sure what they are asking you to do
  • Sprint to every huddle (you should want to be the first one there)
  • Ask the coach if they need help cleaning up after the tryout

Willingness to make winning plays:

  • Dive for loose balls
  • Talk on offense and defense, communicate with your teammates.
  • Do the little things (Set good screens, stay low on defense, hustle to every spot)

Be a good teammate:

  • Give high fives, fist bumps, etc. to your teammates
  • Help your teammates off the floor if they get knocked down
  • Remember you are trying out for a team so coaches will be looking for who can work together and be a good teammate.

Kobe Bryant On Instilling Work Ethic In Your Kids

Do you instill the same work ethic in your kids?

I do. You do it by repetition. By simply the act of working everyday. You can’t talk your children into working hard. That’s the one thing that drives me crazy. I have parents come up to me and ask: ‘how can I get my kid to work hard? What do I need to tell them? Can you talk to my kid?’ I say ‘listen, it’s not something you can talk through. Its a behavioral thing. You have to get up everyday and do the the work. Consistently, do the work.’

My kids (activities) they work everyday and that’s how you instill it in them where it becomes a behavioral thing. It doesn’t matter what they decide to do. But she understands the discipline that it takes to work at something every single day. So whether she wants to become a writer, a director, a doctor, a lawyer, she will have those characteristics.

Its observing. It’s seeing you. It’s not just me, it’s my wife as well. Her commitment to the children. Making sure they are on point, on schedule, with school work, everything is sharp. Seeing me everyday, getting up to train and work hard.

The example has to be where it is at. A lot of parents are “do as I say, not as I do.”

Tips Entering Tryouts with Grandview Heights Head Coach, Ray Corbett

Grandview Heights Head Coach, Ray Corbett, shares insight for players at all levels to best prepare for tryouts. Coaches are looking for players who showcase great attitudes, hustle and an enthusiasm for the game. Players must lock-in mentally to avoid any slippage when it comes to attention to detail. Be confident, give your best effort & be an energy giver.

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Just Hoops Highlight Series – How to Defend Screen-the-Screener

Screen-the-Screener is a multiple screening action set that can put the defense at a disadvantage as you hold-in to help on the 1st cutter. Use the “shark” concept to take the defensive player guarding the least threatening player (opposite wing) to defend the down-screen. This allows you to “hold-in” on the 1st screen to take away threat #1 while the “shark” defender can tag the shooters hip coming off the down-screen.

10 Tips For Parenting Your Student-Athlete

  1. Be positive
    1. It rubs off. If you complain about them not being in the starting lineup, they will do the same. Be an attentive listener.
  2. Be realistic
    1. Someone may be bigger, faster, stronger, tougher, or smarter. Know their limitations and encourage them to make the best contribution that they can. Everyone on the team will have a role and encourage them to be the best they can be in that role. Star in your current role while finding ways to improve your weaknesses outside of required activities.
  3. Don’t knock the coaching staff
    1. How can you expect your child to play to their fullest if all they hear from you about the coach is negative? The coach represents authority so you will give them the wrong message if you ridicule the coach and his/her teachings. Support the coach’s rules, philosophies, and playbook. Encourage building high quality connections with strong communication channels.
  4. Support the other players
    1. Treat each player as if they were your own. Don’t dislike a player because you don’t like their parents or their role on the team.
  5. Don’t be a know-it-all
    1. Coaches spend many hours with these young people that the parents may never see. Be a good role model and let the coaches’ coach.
  6. Be an active parent
    1. Monitor their academics and insist that they earn good grades. If you put academics first, your child will be more successful.
  7. Have an awareness of your child’s social activities
    1. Monitor their friends, hangouts, relationships, curfew, language, and rules. Talk to them about drugs, alcohol, cyber-bullying, and mental health. If you don’t communicate well in these areas, the wrong people will influence them.
  8. Be unselfish
    1. Don’t use the sport for the wrong reasons. Let them play because they love the game.
  9. Don’t baby your child
    1. Sever the umbilical cord. It’s a tough world out there so let them begin to prepare for it. Let the coaches push your child. Let the coaches make them tougher mentally by challenging and holding them accountable.
  10. Don’t live your life through your child
    1. You had a chance to be young. Let them create their own story. Don’t force any sport down their throat.

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.