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Randy Brown recently hosted a
webcast where he talked about All Things
Shooting and everything he learned from
Steve Kerr.
Here are just a few notes that I took
from it.
Shooting is not a right. It is not equal
Clearly define a good shot and a bad
shot to your players
Players are Salesmenimagine you have
10 salesmen and they are ranked #1-#10
the same way we rank our players. Now
when you have the biggest sale of the
year who is going to get that call? The #1
salesman. Hard to argue that point. So
the best players are going to get the most
shots and the more important ones, the #2
player will take the second most so on
and so on. This is a good way to explain
shot distribution to parents.
Create rolesmake sure each player
knows exactly what his or her role is.
Keep stats on EVERYTHINGpractice,
open gyms, and of course games. Will be
useful information when talking to par-
ents/players and backing up your deci-
Shot accountability in practice
whatever leeway you give them in prac-
tice they will take and run with it in a
game. Your definition of good shot
and bad shot should be consistent.
Design drills to back it upit can be
the players roles or your definitions of
good shot bad shot
7 traits of Steve Kerr
All time leading 3-pt FG% in the NBA
and shot 57% in college from 3
Confidenceconfident WHEN he shot
Knew where the next shot was coming
Great anticipation and spacing
Worked on his shot on his own time
Found ways to help the team when he
wasn't making shots
Was always ready to shotfeet, eyes,
shoulders, and hands
Very competitive with himselfhe
would restart drills, in his own time, if he
didn't complete his goal.
All Things Shooting
Randy Brown
In the same boat
WE over ME
Two men were out on the ocean in a boat. One of them began drilling in the bottom of the
boat, and the other, aghast said "What are you doing? Stop drilling!".
And the first man replied: "It's all right. I'm only drilling on my side."
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B a s k e t b a l l
Tony Thomason
Assistant Boys Basketball
Cell: (309) 339-8747
Limestone Community
High School
4201 S. Airport Road
Bartonville, IL. 61607
Its a great day to
be a ROCKET!
1. In the Michigan State Basketball program, rebounding, without question is a top priori-
ty. From the seasons beginning until its end, rebounding is a big point of emphasis each day
throughout the entire duration of our practice sessions. Everything we do either begins or ends
with the rebound or attempt to rebound the chance (made shot).
2. We coach rebounding on every shot taken in practice. One of our staff members and some-
times two are assigned to coach rebounding only during practice. Which phase of rebounding
he will coach is usually determined before practice and will change in accordance to what we
are working on during a particular drill or scrimmage situation offensively or defensively.
3. Important point- we grade our players rebounding performance on effort not the number of
rebounds they get in a game session.
Offensive rebounding - we chart the number of times a player makes an all-out effort to get
to the offensive boards (attempts) against the number of chances he actually had to go to
the boards. The percentage basis calculated by dividing the number of chances to go to
boards into the number of times a player attempted to get to the boards.
We also do the same collectively as a team the same way.
Ours is to be 90% or above in our effort.
We want to get back 50% or better of our missed shots
Defensive rebounding - we chart defensive rebounds in a similar manner except we calculate
the number of chances to cutout (block out) by the number of time a player individually or our
team collectively actually did cut out his offensive player when show was taken.
Our goal is 90 %
We dont ever penalize a player for not making an unnecessary cut out (we actually dis-
courage the unnecessary cut out.)
Offensive Rebounding
1. At Michigan State we believe the missed shot is our best offensive play.
2. We tell our players to always assume the miss when the shot is taken either offensively or
We tell our players to pursue the ball
Dont go to a back-avoid contact
Keep hands above the shoulders (dont get arms pinned down)
IF you cant get the rebound try to tip it to someone else or keep the ball alive, get a hand on
the ball or a finger, whatever, keep the ball alive. We do a better job of this than any team in the
country (War Drill)
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Its not the will to
win that matters
everyone has that.
Its the will to
prepare to win that
-Coach Paul Bear
Michigan State Basketball Rebounding Concepts & Philosophy
Mike Garland
One man can be a
crucial ingredient
on a team, but one
man cannot make a

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Drill: Transition Defense
The coach/manager on the sideline that
receives the ball will attack the basket at
an average speed but still making sure the
defense has to sprint to stop him from
scoring. Once the coach is stopped then
he passes it to an offensive player and
then it is 5 on 5.
This focuses on a few key con-
cepts. Sprinting back on defense and
protecting the basket as a team. The de-
fense must talk and talk a lot. Whos
stopping the ball, who has baseline help,
who has middle help, who are you pick-
ing up, all need to be answered constant-
ly. The weak side defense should be run-
ning down the middle of the floor in posi-
tion for help and ready to close out on a
skip pass.
You can score by defensive
stops or offensive scores.
This is a drill I took from
former Northern Colorado assistant
coach Austin Hansen. He is now at
South Dakota University. This drill
emphasizes sprinting back on defense,
stopping the ball, talking, and then
matching up in the correct defensive
You start the drill with 5
defensive players across the free
throw line and 5 offensive players
right behind them. The coach that is
behind the players will start with the
ball. Both offensive and defensive
players will be facing down the floor
away from the coach with the ball.
He will throw the ball to one of the
coaches/managers/extra players up the
floor on the sideline. Once the de-
fense sees the ball fly by then they are
to sprint and stop the ball. The of-
fense follows the defense in running
the floor.
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I like to use this drill as a
warm-up for practice after we stretch.
One man starts underneath each basket
with a ball and the rest are spread out
according to the diagram. The rest of
the players will be in the wing lines.
The men with the ball starts
running up the right side of the floor.
As they are sprinting they are execut-
ing a give and go with each person up
the floor. After the stationary players
make the pass they follow their pass
and go to the next spot down the court.
The last man that makes the pass will
follow up the layup, grab the rebound
and continue the drill up the right side
of the floor. The player that
shoots the layup will then go to
the end of the wing line. Both sides
will be going at the same time.
We run this drill for 2
minutes on the right side and 2
minutes on the left side. A couple
things we focus on is calling out the
players name that you are passing to
EVERYTIME you make a pass, keep-
ing the ball off the floor, and we al-
ways have a goal that we have to meet.
Every layup counts as 1 and dunks
count as 2. Usually a goal between
30 and 40 makes works well.
Drill: Full Court Layups
with ball
Coach Coach
Limestone Community High School
4201 S. Airport Road
Bartonville, IL. 61607
Cell: 309-339-8747
E-mail: tthomason@limestone.k12.il.us
Syracuse: EOG BLOB
SLOB vs. 2-3 Zone
2 runs to the strong side corner
4 sets a cross screen for 1 to come get
the ball
3 comes off a double
screen from the 1 and 5 for
the 3.
1 sets a back screen for
the 5 cutting to the
front of the basket. 1
pops or rolls back to the
ball after screening
After entering the ball 3 steps
into the wing
Then you read the defense.
Depending on what X3 does
you have 3 for the shot, 2 for
the corner three or 5 sealing in
front of the rim.

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