Today’s post involves some ideas for listing what you expect your ball handlers to do when receiving an on ball screen and when attacking the defense.
Also, three drills for working with your ball handlers on attacking different types of defensive schemes when coming off of an on ball screen. The terminology and teaching points you use might be different, but the idea is that you should isolate and drill the skills your players need to have when they read the defense.
These are just three ideas. You can set up other scenarios that you will face on your schedule.
These drills are taken from the Basketball HoopScoop’s Comprehensive Ball Screen Playbook (written by Trey Watts). It is a part of this week’s featured eBook bundle along with the Encyclopedia of the Pack Line Defense Playbook. You can learn more about the bundle by clicking this link: Ball Screen Offense and Pack Line Defense Bundle
1. Get to your real estate (area of pick)
– get shoulders square to the goal, so that he doesn’t give up his ability to go right or left.
2 Kick the defender off
3. Wait for the screen to be set
4. Come off the screen ready to attack the big defender once the screen is set. the guard must take the ball to the screen and come off the screen, “shoulder to hip” with his screener. the 1st objective is to “read the help defender”. A good player with the ball should never have a pre-determined read
5. Get separation from defender on drive.
6. Be a threat to beat the defender going the other way from the ball screen, utilize crossover or jab step to fake the other way.
7. Almost always come off the screen two dribbles
– it creates distance necessary to stretch the help defender and makes it difficult to switch back to each others men.
– learn to change speeds off the dribble. Also learn the “pocket pass” (1 hand pass off the bounce)
8. Always come off the screen thinking score first and pass second. THIS IS CRUCIAL
1. DRIVE TO RIM
2. PULL UP SHOT
3. HIT THE ROLL MAN
4. KICK OUT TO SHOOTER
9. Know when to reject the screen (go the other way)
– to keep the ball alive on a baseline drive when rejecting the screen, use the dribble pull back or thru the legs dribble
2 cones represent the flat soft hedge of the defender on the screener.
The cone is the ankle of that defender
We will work on all of our finishes
2 WAYS TO ATTACK
1. east west
2. bounce off – shuffle dribble (keeps you shot ready)
Lucas Split Drill
Here we are simulating splitting the gap between the screener and hard hedge by the defender.
1. Side Step floater (left then right foot, left hand shot)
2. Pull up Jumper
3 WAYS TO SPLIT
1. scoop crossover
2. under the legs
3. behind the back.
Lucas Drill Hard Hedge
Cones are moved to show like a hard hedge.
Player attacks the ankle of the defender. He touches the cone of the high ankle.
He attacks the 3rd cone and changes direction for a finish at the basket.
2. pull up Jumper
3. step back
These drills are taken from the Basketball HoopScoop’s Comprehensive Ball Screen Playbook (written by Trey Watts). It is a part of this week’s featured eBook bundle along with the Encyclopedia of Pack Line Defense Playbook. You can learn more about the bundle by clicking this link: Ball Screen Offense and Pack Line Defense Bundle