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Greg McDermott: Special Situations & Offensive Sets

with Greg McDermott,
Creighton University Head Coach;
2013 MVC Regular Season and Tournament Champions,
3x MVC Tournament Champions; led team to a school record 29 wins in 2012.

Get out your notebook and sharpen a few extra pencils, because this video is loaded with plays that you'll want to install with your team!

In this on-court instructional video, Greg McDermott covers a ton of areas that are sure to help your team with getting necessary buckets, as well as working on essential defensive concepts.

McDermott provides a toolbox of quick-hitting plays against a zone, baseline out of bounds plays, a variety of end-game plays (including some based on limited time on the clock), his favorite transition defense drills, his favorite rebounding drills, and the shell drill he uses each practice. He opens by discussing the need to prepare your team for anything, especially injuries to key positions.

Transition Defense Drills

Coach McDermott is a strong believer in taking easy opportunities in transition away from the opposing team. He shares a couple of transition defense drills that he uses to ensure that his team doesn't give up easy baskets. These drills work on stopping the ball, loading up to the ball side, communicating, and making sure the defense coming from behind flows to the weak side. These drills always end with the defense converting to offense and coming back trying to score.

  • 5-on-3 Transition Defense - Communication is key in this drill. McDermott challenges the offense to get a shot off quickly by using a 12 second shot clock.
  • 5-on-4 Transition Defense - This simulates teams that don't send their 1 and 2 to the boards. The defense focuses on double-teaming or pinching out during the box out.
  • Circle Transition - A great drill for causing match-up issues for the defense. The unpredictable nature of this drill makes communication and purpose of action key.

One huge emphasis that McDermott stresses with all of his drills is they must be game-like. For transition defense, disadvantage drills are useful, but simply going with the disadvantage number isn't game-like. McDermott likes to limit the number of players, but then quickly add them so they eventually match-up evenly.

Quick-Hitters Against a Zone

Coach McDermott provides seven quick-hitting plays to use against a 2-3 zone. He covers ball movement, player movement, timing, screening, and how to seal. These plays contain options for getting a specific player open, 3-point shots from the top, shots from the corner, getting the ball to the high post, and generating low post opportunities. He explains that some of the plays' movements and actions are the same in order to help disguise the true intent.

Out of Bounds and Late Game Set Plays

McDermott shows a series of situational sets against zone and then a series of out of bounds plays to build efficiency out of timeouts and dead balls.

  • Baseline Out of Bounds Plays - McDermott shows three plays to get great looks at the hoop. Your bigs will be excited, as each of the plays include a lob option.
  • Sideline Out of Bounds - Four sideline out of bounds plays are included. These plays aren't only great for quick looks, but are fantastic for creating mismatches or when you're trying to score late in the game. Plays include slips, elevator screens, and 3-point shots.
  • Late Game Plays for 3 - McDermott details three plays that can be used efficiently late in the game, both out of a timeout or on the fly.

Coach McDermott also provides some thoughts and instruction on the standard Shell Drill. However, his additional tweaks and philosophy behind it keeps the action going. With McDermott's version of the Shell Drill, you can realistically review all of your defensive actions in just 5 minutes.

This video is based on the most common questions Coach McDermott gets from other coaches. From key defensive drills to offensive plays, this

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Steve Schmidt: Competitive Drills to Improve Your Program

with Steve Schmidt,
Mott Community College Head Coach;
4x NJCAA National Champions (with eight Final Four appearances);
Distinguished member of the NJCAA Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2010);
Over 575 career wins - the winningest active coach at the NJCAA level;
has developed 4 National Players of the Year

Being a four-time national champion, Steve Schmidt knows how to effectively and efficiently run a practice. Coach Schmidt provides a variety of practice ideas for you to integrate into your practices in order to amp up your player development and sustain/maintain your program.

In this video, Coach Schmidt shares over 15 of his favorite drills in five different areas.

Ball Handling Series

This segment contains four drills that work on being able to handle the ball with both hands. You'll get a simple warm-up drill that incorporates stretching, an explosion drill to simulate real game action, a conditioner to keep your players in shape, and a simple scissors action to work on ball handling skills.

Passing Series

Passing is usually the least-covered aspect in basketball practices today. These drills from Schmidt - such as diagonal passing to break a press, defensive slide passing, and full court layup passing - focus on the fundamentals of making good passes while also improving the catching and receiving of the basketball.

Rebounding Series

Controlling both offensive and defensive rebounds is an essential skill and is needed to become a competitive team. Schmidt shares four competitive drills to address rebounding, which is the skill that Coach Schmidt claims to be the most difficult to teach. The drills focus both on the fundamentals of rebounding as well as the physical aspect behind being a great rebounder.

Included in these drills is Coach Schmidt's "3 and Out" drill. This is a great drill that works on rebounding and offensive and defensive skills, but more importantly it teaches players to compete for extended periods of time.

Defensive Series

Learn three drills that train players to defend with sound footwork and technique, improving cardiovascular strength. The 50 Drill forces players to get down in a stance and work on their defensive footwork. This isn't a player favorite drill, but is sure to be a coach's favorite! H.I.T is another drill that challenges the players' Heart, Intensity and Toughness. Coach Schmidt ends the defensive series with a fundamental 2-on-2 drill that teaches positioning and builds on guarding 1-on-1.

Offensive Series

Coach Schmidt loves putting his players in game-like situations and in competitions against each other. With 7 and Out, you'll get a great drill that players will enjoy and will help them learn your offensive concepts. Southern Indiana is a great 1-on-1 drill because it brings teammates together for a united cause.

As a JUCO coach, Coach Schmidt only gets two years to develop players, so the drills and concepts he teaches must be effective and efficient. Have your players win each day and rep hard each day with this developmental series that contains passing, dribbling, rebounding, and offensive/defensive work!

Produced at the Spring 2017 Kansas City (MO) Nike Championship Basketball Clinic.

73 minutes. 2018.

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Todd Franklin: Offensive Skill Development

with Todd Franklin,
Vincennes University Head Coach;
2016 District 16 Champions;
has led Vincennes to five straight NJCAA National Championship Tournaments (2013-17);
over 500 career wins

As much as the game has moved towards dribble-penetration, it's essential that basketball coaches know to teach the fundamentals. No matter what you run, eventually you will want to have your players attack the rim.

In this video, conventional wisdom on how to dribble attack and breakdown defenders is put to the test by Todd Franklin. Coach Franklin teaches the how and the why behind his philosophy. Through a series of drills, Coach Franklin demonstrates how he is able to improve his players' ball handling, passing skills, and basketball IQ on dribble attacks. Players have to perfect the correct reads after perfecting the fundamentals, and Coach Franklin is there to give detailed teaching points on how to achieve those goals.

Ball Handling Skills

Coach Franklin breaks down a skill session that will create opportunities for your players to convert themselves into a point guard, whether they are one or are an off-ball guard. He discusses his philosophy of keeping the ball outside of your "hip line" for better ball security and playmaking ability. He explains how to attack downhill and use your body to protect the ball and be able to make plays in a dribble drive scenario.

He also shows ways to build effective change of direction and escape dribble skills in order for players to be efficient in today's game. You'll learn the importance of hand positioning on the ball to make better passes off the dribble.

Passing Skills

Coach Franklin builds up in his session to show how to make passes at a fast pace and execute the catch of the pass. You'll see multiple drills you can use in order to build the pass and effective passing to the corner in transition, and also making passes to post players in transition. Coach Franklin shares his philosophy on how to get the ball to the post "with pace" and how to receive the ball in the post with optimal efficiency.

When driving, players will have to be able to make decisions against a collapsing defense. Understanding your options and how to deliver them the ball (accurately) will take your perimeter player to the next level. Bringing out the football pad, Coach Franklin explains several drills you can do to help players learn to make reads on the ball side corner and in the post. While working on these concepts, he also explains how to receive the ball on the perimeter when reacting to penetration.

He finishes his teaching by explaining the Twist Action drill that will help any player navigate a pick & roll more effectively.

At the JUCO level, Coach Franklin has mastered the development of players. Only having players for a maximum of two years, he's learned how to maximize the efficiency of player development. This video is packed with information for you to better understand the fundamentals your players need in order to compete in today's style of play.

Produced at the Fall 2016 Indianapolis (IN) Nike Championship Basketball Clinic.

86 minutes. 2018.

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Tim Jankovich: Defensive Concepts vs. Man and Zone Offenses

with Tim Jankovich,
SMU Head Coach;
2017 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year;
2017 AAC Tournament and Regular Season Champions;
former head coach at Illinois State, posted the most victories (25) by any first-year head coach at Illinois State;
former assistant coach for Bill Self

Tim Jankovich shares his defensive philosophy, covering eight of the most important areas of a sound defensive system. Components covered include 1-on-1 defense, defensive positioning, and defending offensive movements like off-ball cuts, drives to the basket, and screening actions. Coach Jankovich shares an extraordinary amount of details you can use in order to develop a strong man to man defensive team. The technical barrage of skills he leaves you with will go a long way in developing your championship team.

Stopping Transition Baskets

In all offenses and defenses, the team that transitions well usually wins the battle. Coach Jankovich shares the mentality you need to develop within your team in order to transition well back to defense. He details why his teams spend so much time on defensive transition and breaks down how to speed this conversion up. Offensive pace is faster than it's ever been, and being a strong defensive team can help you slow opponents down and force them into a slower-paced execution game.

Defensive Foundations

Jankovich moves from principles to practice by breaking down individual and team on- and off-ball defense. He breaks down the basic footwork and handwork needed to close out on speedy and shifty players. Jankovich then adds team concepts into the mix by demonstrating his versions of defensive Shell drill that should be worked on daily.

Defensive Positioning

Teaching in layers by adding to the previous concepts, Jankovich breaks down defending against cuts and drives. He emphasizes a flat triangle, jumping to the ball, and being able to draw the line between you and your man. Jankovich reveals his cues of basic help positioning, to trapping and recovering on baseline drives. He then shares his strategies for defending dribble penetration and how to properly help off of shooters.

Screens are a key piece of almost every offense in today's game and can be difficult to guard if not properly drilled and prepared to defend. Coach Jankovich teaches coverages on some of the more unique and difficult to cover screens such as wide pin downs, stagger screens, and pick & pop action.

If your team is having trouble on the defensive side of the ball, or you are starting your own program or team from scratch and want to implement a defensive philosophy, Coach Jankovich demonstrates concepts and drills that are purposeful in building a foundational defense that can be applied at any level of basketball.

Produced at the Spring 2017 Nike Championship Basketball Coaches Clinic - Chicago (IL).

67 minutes. 2018.

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Jim Shannon: How to Attack Trapping, Changing & Special Defenses

with Jim Shannon,
New Albany (IN) High School Head Boy's Coach;
over 500 career wins;
2016 4A State Champions;
2016 Indiana Boys Basketball Coach of the Year;
2018 IndyStar Indiana All-Stars coach

In high school basketball, if you have a great pressure and trapping defense, you can blow the competition out of the water. In this video, Jim Shannon, the 2016 4A State Championship coach and Indiana's High School Boys Basketball 2016 Coach of the Year, shows you what he does to beat those pressure, trapping, and special defenses!

Though the use of individual drills, breakdown drills and team drills, see how Shannon teaches how to break pressure defenses.

Individual Defense Drills

Attacking a pressure defense is important. Coach Shannon goes through individual drills that build skill and provide your players with the ability to be strong with the basketball while facing pressure. The drills also train players to come and meet the ball against pressure situations.

'Pull Back Crossovers' is a drill that allows players to attack a cone on the floor, retreat dribble away from the pressure, and then change direction with a crossover. This drill teaches your athletes to keep their body between the ball and the defender, and then change direction to attack a different area of the floor. Shannon emphasizes keeping the head up, allowing players to see teammates and the defense.

Breakdown Drills

Shannon gives you four effective breakdown drills for attacking pressure and trapping defenses. You'll see drills that work on multiple skills at once, including recognition of the trap and passing under pressure, plus how to pass out of a trapping situation and how to receive accurate passes while being trapped. Defensively, players will work on trapping, hustle, and getting deflections/turnovers.

The Texas Ringer drill uses the key and trains players to use their pivot, ball fakes, and make strong passes against defensive pressure. Shannon extends this drill into the half court, which forces strong passes and good use of ball fakes. The defense has more area to cover, but the offense cannot throw a soft pass allowing the defense to get into position to deflect or get a steal.

Team Drills and 5-on-5 Situations

Learn four drills to attack pressure defenses in a team and 5-on-5 setting. Drills include: 5-on-6, breaking a 1-2-1-1 press, breaking a half court 1-2-2 half court trap, and beating a box-and-1 set.

You will also see:

  • How to give a trapped player three passing options
  • How to post up in the center of the court to prevent a steal from happening in a trapping defense
  • How to create a scoring system while working on breaking a press

This video gives you a wealth of knowledge on how to break pressure, trapping, and special defenses. If you're a coach who plays in a league where pressing and pressure defenses happen regularly, you'll see the impacts almost immediately!

Produced at the Nike Championship Basketball Clinic in Indianapolis (IN); Fall 2016

73 minutes. 2018.

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