Basketball Systems, Skills & Drills

Blast cuts

Start in the corner (or drag the arc to the corner, shown), blast cut to the wing for a pass, attack to finish at the rim. Rotate passer to shooter, shooter to passing line. Variations include
- shots, pull-ups
- attack middle
- catch and go middle
- coach is the passer.
See Tactics - Teaching 4-out motion (Blast cut layups), Shooting - Angled pull-up (lift from the corner, split catch, attack outside), Ouse drive and kick chaos (lift, split catch, attack middle), Pop-out (e.g. catch and go middle).

For footwork options catching on the move, see Library - FIBA Travel Rule, also Shooting - Angled pull-up, Sackmann pull-ups. Use a cross-step drive to avoid a travel, protect the ball, and get a downhill angle, see Footwork - Pasquali pivoting, Dribble starts, Layups - Cross the lane, Shooting - Borg, Blasone, Flare-wing (hop pivot), also Beat the closeout.

1) Aaron Blakely

2 bounces off the baseline for a pass from 1, sweeps baseline (outside pivot foot), attacks the basket for a layup.

- sweep baseline, attack middle (crossover step)
- sweep and attack baseline, secondary move middle,
- sweep, attack middle, secondary move baseline
- backdoor cut.
2) Ian MacKinnon - 3 dribbles from halfcourt with a primary-secondary move, 1 lifts from the corner for a pass, progressions
- baseline layup, middle layup, baseline pull-up, middle pull-up
- 1 passes to 3 filling behind for a shot and rebounds, 3 is the next cutter.
3) University of Virginia - perimeter rip drill - use a chair or defender on the wing, spin a pass from the corner or have a passer out top, progressions
- rip baseline (crossover step), straight-line drive
- rip baseline, pull-up
- rip baseline, 2nd move (middle), finish
- rip baseline, 2nd move, pull-up
- double rip (jab baseline, crossover), straight-line drive middle
- double rip, pull-up middle
- double rip, 2nd move, finish
- double rip, 2nd move, pull-up
- live dribble from the wing.
Coach Nick - on a backdoor cut, walk towards the ball, lift up the inside foot, swivel your hips into a sprinter's stance (split stance), nose behinds toes, take off. See Shooting - Beat the closeout.

1 on 1

Live, no restrictions, read the defender (here 1 backcuts when denied), rotate passer to attacker to defender.
Dean Smith - Explode to basket drill - groups of three players each (use both sides of both baskets), 3 fakes a crosscourt pass, hits 1 coming toward the ball, 1 drives on his defender, rotate positions after each play.

See 1 on 1 - On close-out, Coach as passer, Dave Malowski (no passer needed), Defending - Duke driving line.up

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