J. S. Orosz
Pedro Menendez (FL) HighSchool

This comprehensive perimeter drill has fostered an aggressive offensive attitude with our players. We have also noticed a dramatic improvement in individual efficiency, which in turn has increased the efficiency of our overall offensive scheme. The drill has allowed us to execute against pressure defenses and has been vital to our success. It is important to note that the drill is a culmination of the individual drills that must be mastered before putting them together.

The drill combines the use of the following:

* Footwork

* How to get open within your scoring range

* Ambidexterity of feet

* Ball handling

* Creating Space

* Pivoting

* Being active with the ball

* Developing a quick first step


The court is broken down into four spots (both baseline and wing spots). The offensive player starts outside the mid-post and v-cuts to the baseline perimeter spot to receive a pass from the coach (at the elbow). Upon receiving the pass, the player immediately gets into a triple-threat position by using either a reverse or a front pivot and then a ball fake before taking a shot. The same type of pivot will be used for all four spots and the other type of pivot will be used on the next four, which provides ambidexterity of the feet.

The player returns to the mid-post and v-cuts to the baseline spot for his second shot--a ball fake followed by two dribbles and a jump shot. The player returns to the mid-post and v-cuts to the baseline for his third shot---a ball fake and layup. The player then proceeds to take his cut to the wing area and then follows with cuts to the wing and baseline area.


These points are what really make the drill effective. We start by getting the player to realize that by maintaining a low stance during the drill, he increases his quickness and is much tougher to guard. When teaching the footwork of the v-cut, a player should learn to sell the cut, plant, and explode out to create separation from the defense.

The player then takes the cut to his scoring range (established during summer shooting drills) and shows his outside hand for a target. After receiving the pass, the player immediately gets into a triple-threat position using a reverse (or front) pivot. It is important to stress to the player to stay low and not come up before or while receiving the pass. After that, he rips the ball through towards his ankles. This move puts him into position to attack the defense and create space while negating some defensive pressure. He also works on developing both feet by using different pivots.

After the player has faced the defense and created space by ripping and getting into a triple-threat position, he must be active with the ball. He wants to put pressure on the defense by utilizing ball fakes and jab steps. A shot fake should not be more than six inches high and it should never go above the head. The jab step should not be over six inches and the weight should always be on the back foot to avoid getting off-balance.

At this point, the player either (1) takes the jumper, (2) ball-fakes, dribbles twice and takes the jump shot, or (3) ball-fakes and takes a lay-up. On the jump shot, the player concentrates on shooting fundamentals, and he is especially concerned with the shot off of a shot fake. He really focuses on the next shot, which is a ball fake and a two-dribble jumper. The first step must follow a fake and must include a long, low dribble with the ball in the finger pads (not the palms) for more control.

During the pull up jumper, the coaching staff instructs the player to place his index finger on the valve, or middle of the ball, (ensures proper spacing of the hand and elbow position) and have his shooting feet and shoulders square to the basket to increase efficiency. The lay-up focuses on the same concepts as above with the addition of the jump-stop. The coaching staff stresses the importance of attacking the basket with a quick first step and then executing a jump-stop and shot fake.

After the players are executing the drill properly, then we will make it competitive by adding time restrictions or keeping score.

This drill has really helped our program and I hope that it does the same for yours.

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