These drills were submitted by Coach Mason Waters you can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/masonwaters_
Mason Waters has coached at multiple levels of basketball including the NCAA Division 2 level at Flagler College, the high school level at West Forsyth High School in Georgia, and at the middle school level. He’s currently an assistant at South Forsyth high school.
You can download his entire Drill Book here: Coach Mason Waters Drill Book
OWN THE ANGLE
This drill practices creating advantages when attacking the rim and finishing. Often times offensive players create a driving angle but neglect to maintain that advantage by initiating contact with the defender. This allows the defense to get back in front of the basketball.
This drill is being performed on both sides of the floor. Only two players will go at once and then the other side of the floor will go.
One offensive player will start with the basketball in the yellow area. They will compete against one defender. The defender has the choice to start in 1 of 3 arrangements: (1) on the left side of the ballhandler(2) on the right side of the ballhandler,
or (3) completely behind the ballhandler.
The ballhandler will attack the rim when the defender says, “Go!” The offensive player aims to maintain a good driving Tangle by initiating contact with the defender. Once the ballhandler gets in a scoring area, they will nudge off the defender to create space for their finish.
1) Good finishing involves two-steps: (1) Initial getting past defender (2) Maintaining that advantage through creating contact.
2) Do not push off the defense with your arm. Instead, bump off them with your body and protect the basketball.
3) It is better to drive in a straight line than a curved line.
VARIATIONS TO THIS DRILL:
1) Finish the last set of reps by having the defender play straight in front of the offense and have them play 1v1 with the same emphases.
# OF BASKETBALLS: > 4+
24 WEAK HAND FINISHES
This drill practices weak hand ballhandling and finishing, with a variety of different footwork.
Players line up along the baseline. One player performs the drill at a time. Each player will make 3 layups going in one direction and then make 3 layups coming back in the other direction.
Each round consists of 6 made layups where the player dribbles to the cone.1 will go through and make 6 layups. After 1 finishes the drill, 2 goes next, then 3, etc.
All layups should be made with the weak hand. For each of the four rounds there will be a different type of finish. In round (1) Weak hand/right foot finishes (2) weak hand/ left foot finishes (3) weak hand/2-foot finishes (4) weak hand/must have a shot fake of some sort then finish.
The next person in line must perform 10 weak hand inside out dribbles before going.
1) Make layups with your eyes.
VARIATIONS TO THIS DRILL:
Incorporate whatever finishing or footwork move you prefer.
# OF BASKETBALLS: 1 PER PLAYER