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1-on-1 Post Cone Drill

This drill is excellent in teaching your players how to effectively create angles in the post on offense, and also take them away on defense.

  1. Place one cone at the top of the key and another cone on the wing behind the 3-point line.
  2. Place a coach/teammate/manager with the ball at the top of the key and another (without a ball) on the same wing as the cone.
  3. Start two players under the rim, one will be offense and one will be defense.
  4. Drill starts with verbal signal or bounce of ball, middle player runs around middle cone and other player runs around the cone on the wing.
  5. The person at the top of the key with the ball will call out the player’s name who is on offense; can be either player. The ball is then pass to the wing as the player round the cones and start fighting for position.
  6. The offense is fighting for an angle to post-up and catch the pass from the wing and the defense is working hard to prevent an easy pass into the low-block. (No lobs from the wing as we are going to assume help-side defense is in place).
  7. If the offense cannot get open on the wing, the person with the ball can reverse the ball back to the top of the key to try a hi/low look from the top.

First player to 5 points (by 1’s) wins. Repeat on both sides.


Rim Run Drill from the NBA Draft Combine

One reason many of the bigs out of the University of Florida have so much success professionally is that Head Coach Billy Donovan puts them through numerous drills from the NBA level to prepare them. This drill-set is from today’s NBA Draft Combine and one that Coach Donovan utilizes very often with his talented bigs. Not only is this a great conditioning drill, but also allows you to put your bigs in multiple situations in small window.


  • First element of this drills gets your players sprinting the floor and finishing at the rim.Player throws a self pass off the backboard and then outlets to a coach who advances the ball up the floor to another coach. The player sprints the floor and gets the ball back for a catch & finish. The drill then repeats back the other direction. You can alternate players who have them do this rotation multiple times as a great conditioning drill as well.

    Use a pad to make the player finish stronger if you want to make the drill more difficult.

  • The 2nd segment involves pick & pop/roll. The drill is repeated the same except now the player is sprinting into a wing pick & roll/pop. Have them mix up their rolls and pops; as well as the moves they make after getting the ball back.
  • The 3rd segment involves duck-ins (post ups). The player sprints the middle of the floor looking for the ball. They are met in the lane by a coach/teammate with a pad and must work on ducking in hard in transition and finishing around the rim.

Advanced Terminology : Duck-In

Last Summer I wrote several short articles revolving around NBA Terminology (Red, Ice/Blue/Weak, Slice Cut, Hawk Cut) and I have decided to cover a few other “advanced” terms that some up and coming or even well established coaches may not be familiar with. If you are like me, sometimes when I attend clinics I hear a term I am not familiar with and spend the rest of the lecture trying to figure out what the clinician is referring to. I use some of these terms in my daily plays that I like to share with my readers; so in an effort to educate coaches at all levels I am going to devote several articles to such terminology.

Today’s Advanced term is “Duck-In”. During my first year on the staff at the University of Florida, within the first week of practice I kept hearing the term “Duck-In” being used over and over to our post players.

“Duck-In” is just another term for Post-Up. However, I think “Duck-In” sounds much more powerful and more instructional than Post-Up. In my mind, a post is something you pile into the ground and is not supposed to move. We all know that in order to be an effective player in the post that you must have quick and a strong base to keep the defense on your back and establish position. “Duck-In” removes that stagnant mindset from the term and also initiates an action. When I think of the term “Duck-In” now, I think of a player using his lower body to seal their defender in the paint for an easier angle to the rim. A found a great video on Basketball HQ┬áthat shows a simple and effective in teaching young players how to properly “Duck-In”.

As always if you ever have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

C Drill for your Post Players

Last weekend I had the pleasure of listening to Pete Gaudet at a local clinic and walked away with a few post drills. What I like about the “C Drill” is it not only helps the offensive player become stronger at catching and finishing, but it also helps the defense with reaction times.


TossBack Drill

This is one of my favorite post drill series of all times. I did my best to describe it the best I could below. If I can ever get my hands on a tossback in the future I will try to video tape it.

The player must do a move on the move before passing the ball to the tossback. I prefer using a tossback for this drill vs a coach because it forces the player to throw a near perfect pass.