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clear.gifFundamentals - Dribbling Series


One ball

  • Basic
    • pound dribble (both sides)
      • shoulder high, knee high, tap dribble
    • pound crossover
      • tap crossover
    • pound between, pound back under (one leg)
    • v-dribble, front and side
      • small, big
      • alternating front and side
  • Intermediate
    • tap-dribble figure-8 (front-back, back-front)
    • continuous crossovers
      • small, big
      • hesitation (hang dribble)
    • pound between (front to back, feet stationary)
    • continuous under one leg (back and forth)
    • front v-dribble to crossover and pause (hesi), progressions - v-dribble to between, behind
    • double moves
      • pound cross between
      • pound cross behind
      • pound between cross (UTEP two-step)
      • front v-dribble into any double move
    • 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 - pound pound, v-dribble front front side side, inside-out inside-out, cross and switch hands (Rocky Ullah)
    • Nash dribble jab (inside foot), dribble-jab cross
    • switch-hand move (cross, jab opposite), switch-hand cross (or between)
  • Advanced
    • continuous between (front to back, jump stop)
    • spider
    • (continuous) double-tap crossovers, between cross, behind cross, inside-out cross
    • continuous scissors
      • inside-out, outside-in
    • pound behind the back
    • continuous behind the back
    • pound cross between behind
      • inside-out cross between behind
      • cross between behind
    • cross cross between, between cross between, between behind behind
    • between between (scissors) behind (Calipari)
    • cross cross between between behind behind (KP)
    • behind the back shifts - pound, behind the back, shuffle opposite


Two balls

  • Basic
    • pound, pistons
      • shoulder high, knee high, tap dribble
    • high-low (one ball high, one low, switch)
    • one-hand dribbling, both balls
  • Intermediate
    • pound cross (one ball stays in front, or circle then change direction)
    • front v-dribble (opposing, same-time)
    • side v-dribble (same time, opposing)
    • traps - pound dribble high then low, repeat
    • circle one leg (pound the other ball)
      • alternate legs
    • alternating inside-out
  • Advanced
    • figure-8 (the balls follow each other)
    • continuous cross (circle, or one ball in front)
    • pound between (cross the other ball), alternate legs
    • continuous between and cross
      • hesitate (stand up)
    • half spider
    • one-leg dribble-wrap (push-thru) - front to back, back to front (pound the other ball)
      • Steph Curry - push-thru double behind
    • alternating dribble-wrap - front to back, back to front (both balls)
    • juggles (change direction)
    • pound between cross, or pound between pound cross (one leg then switch, one ball stays in front)
      • pound between behind
    • continuous between and behind


Up and back

One ball (switch hands as needed), fullcourt or cross-court.

  • Basic
    • right hand, left hand
    • alternating-hand speed dribble
    • (pound) crossover, between, behind, inside-out
    • hesitation - stutter, fast slow fast (option - slow and skip)
    • pullback, pullback cross
    • figure-8 (pretzel) walking - forward, backward
    • skip dribbles - strong hand, weak hand
  • Intermediate
    • inside-out series - (pound) inside-out cross, inside-out between, inside-out wrap (around)
    • (continuous) cross, between, between cross, cross between, inside-out cross
    • v-dribble - front, side
    • (pound) wrap, between wrap, inside-out wrap
    • hesi (skip), hesi cross
    • Nash dribble-jab, switch-hand move
    • skip dribbles - crossover, between the legs, then behind the back (Ullah)
      • skip backwards on the way back
  • Advanced
    • (continuous) cross hesi (shuffle), between (jump stop, change direction), behind hesi, inside-out hesi cross
    • triple moves - (continuous) cross between behind, between cross cross, between between behind (or cross), cross cross between
    • inside-out series - (pound) double inside-out cross, double inside-out between, double inside-out behind (wrap)
    • wrap series - (continuous) inside-out between wrap, between behind wrap, cross between behind wrap
    • spin series - pound pound spin, pound inside-out spin, pound cross spin, pound between spin
      • pound between cross spin, pound between between spin, pound between behind spin
    • Nash dribble-jab cross, switch-hand cross
    • Pistol Pete's - one hand, walking, dribble under the outside leg, over the other leg, switch hands

Two balls

  • pound, pistons
  • two back-up dribbles at the foul line, halfcourt, other foul line
  • pound cross
    • pound cross cross, pound cross cross cross
  • zig-zag - change direction, crossover, behind the back, between the legs


Attack the basket

Ball in the outside hand to start, progress to inside hand, adjust finishes, attack from the top, and progress to shots, e.g. freeze pull-ups, crossover jumpers, stepbacks, drag pullbacks.

  • primary moves
    • hesitation, inside-out
    • finishes - regular layup, power, reverse, Euro-step, pro hop (slice, slide), early (one-hand pickup), inside-hand, pass fake, around the back, goofy-foot
    • freeze pull-ups
  • secondary moves
    • cross, between, behind, spin
    • primary-secondary, e.g.
      • inside-out cross, inside-out wrap
      • hesi cross, hesi between
      • cross hesi, between hesi
    • finishes - baby hook, tight scoop, half reverse, floater, runner, spin pullback
    • crossover pull-ups
  • scissor series
    • between, between cross, hesi between, hesi between cross
      • hesi between inside-out
      • between wrap, between cross wrap, between cross cross
    • between hesi, between hesi cross
    • between and back under
      • between and under, cross
    • finishes - at the rim, or mid-range shots
  • other double (or triple) moves, e.g.
    • cross cross (Kevin Durant)
    • behind behind (Nash, Jamal Crawford)
    • behind, spin (Rocky Ullah)
    • cross spin, between spin (Tony Parker finish)
  • jab series
    • Nash dribble jab
      • dribble-jab cross
    • cross jab (drop cross, switch-hand move) - crossover, jab back the other way
      • cross jab cross (or between)
    • jab cross (dribble-foot jab, cross), jab between


2007-17 Eric Johannsen