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Explosion Lay-Up Drill

One aspect most young players lack is the ability to use space effectively. While some may this drill for conditioning, it is excellent at teaching your players how to get to the rim with proper footwork using explosive steps and limited dribbles.

  1. Player starts underneath the rim with one basketball.
  2. Start dribbling towards the left wing with the right hand, turn and use one dribble with the same hand, striding out all the way to the rim for a right-handed lay-up.
  3. Immediately grab the rebound out of the net and repeat the process to the other wing using the left hand.
  4. Perform the drill for 35 seconds OR until the player makes 10 lay-ups.

After the players can perform the drill to PERFECTION. Make the drill more difficult, add a coach/teammate/manager with a pad to make the lay-up through contact.



1-on-1 Pick & Roll Rotation Drill

Billy Donovan frequently uses this drill at the University of Florida to work on big on big rotations during pick & roll throwbacks. This scenario is specific to X’ing out your bigs during a pick & roll. During an X situation, a big defender in help must rotate out and take the throwback option if the big helping on the pick cannot rotate back to his man quick enough. In this instance, the big helping on the big would sprint to the rim and locate the vacated offensive big.

  1. Have  coach/manager/teammate stand on the wing with a basketball. (Make sure the drill is performed on both sides)
  2. Place a cone on the low block opposite of the wing where the ball is located.
  3. Place one defensive player on the elbow closest to the ball and an offensive player on the other below.
  4. On a signal, the defensive player must sprint and touch the cone while the offensive players sprints into a wing pick & roll.
  5. Once the ball handler comes off the pick, they immediately throw back to the offensive player who has popped to the short corner/low wing area. The defensive player should be closing out to the ball as the offensive player catches the pass.
  6. It is now a LIVE 1-on-1 drill. The offensive player can catch & shoot or go into a post move to score.
    • The offensive player is only allowed two dribbles to make their move to score.

First player to score five baskets (not points), wins. Make sure you rotate offense to defense. If you are performing this drill with your team or a group of bigs, Rotate offense to defense and the defense then goes to the end of the line and awaits their turn on offense.


2 on 1 Cone Drill

  1. Place a cone in the middle of the floor in the 3-point line and the center circle. Place two other cones on each of the sidelines even with the cone in the middle of the floor.
  2. Line up three players on the baseline even with each cone. One of the players on either sideline should have a basketball. The two players on the sidelines are on offense, and the player in the middle of the floor is on defense.
  3. On a coaches signal, all three players should sprint around the cones and the player with the basketball should be dribbling. It is a live 2 on 1 from this point.
        • The defense’s objective is to get the offense to make two or more passes.
        • The offense MUST get a lay-up.
        • Rotate lines in from left to right (Offense->Defense->Offense)


Post Figure 8 Drill

This is a great drill that helps your post players improve on their footwork, hand-eye coordination, and finishing around the rim. Put 1 minute on the clock for this drill and have each player perform the drill 3 times.

Elements to Emphasize:

  1. Staying low and wide
  2. Keeping hands up (goal post or H)
  3. Catch and score quickly


5 on 4 to 5 on 5 Transition Drill

This is another drill that I got from watching Bellarmine University practice last week. This is a great drill because it not only works on scramble situations having 4 players defend 5 in the half-court, but it also forces the offense (new defense) to sprint back after change of possession to prevent any easy lay-ups. After making your one transition stop after a made shot or the defense secures the rebound and repeat the drill the other way. Make sure you switch the offense and defensive teams who must scramble each time and rotate the players that are back. Do this drill for time or until a team reaches a pre-set point total.