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Florida Gators Pick & Roll Motion Offense

This play is a short three frame diagram that illustrates the Florida Gators pick & roll motion offense from Billy Donovan.

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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.


Triangle Fast Break Build Up 4 on 4

Following drill was a part of a skill packet we mailed out to coaches when I was at the University of Florida.

Previously I have posted phase 1 and 2 of the build up with the 2-on-12-on-2, and 3-on-3.

  1. Start with two offensive players on each of the low blocks and the other two offensive players in each of the corners.
  2. Defensively, begin with a defender at the free-throw line, one under the rim, and the other two in opposite corners.
  3. Begin the drill once again with a coach passing the ball to one of the two offensive layers on each of the low blocks. The two wing players should sprint the floor in their lanes. Generally, one of them is a front-court player and should sprint through to the low block.
  4. Defensively the same rules apply as the 3-on-3 drill. Sprint back as hard as you can, getting match up through communication.


Florida Gators Late Game Motion Hold

Motion Hold is a great play to run in a late game situation in which you are holding for a last shot or waiting for the defensive to commit a foul. This play incorporates multiple screening options to get either wing open. In most cases you want to keep the ball in your guard(s) hands for better ball-handling and free throw shooting. However, if you get into an urgent situation your bigs are allowed to flash as a release if needed.

To see EVERY play Florida ran in the 2014 Final Four you can do so in my eBook Championship Execution!


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