One of the best ways to score in the game of basketball is by using down screens. Depending on how your defender guards you, you can use several different cuts off of the down screen to get open. For this basketball shooting drill, you are going to be working on the Kentucky cut. You would use this cut when the defender is locking and trailing you.
It is important that as you do this basketball drill, you get into the habit of checking over your shoulder to see how the defender will guard the down screen because the read on the screen is going to have to be made in a very brief window of time. The better you can use a drill like this to move without the basketball, the harder you will be to guard.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: 5 Point Kentucky Cut Basketball Shooting Drill
Equipment Needed: 5 chairs, a basketball, and 2 partners.
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Goals of the Drill
- Practice a Kentucky cut and work on shooting off of a down screen.
- Cut sharply and change up your speeds from slow to fast.
- Visualize the defender on you and set your man up every time before coming off of the chair.
- Don’t drift on the shot; get your body squared up before the basketball gets there and jump straight up and down.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Place a chair at the top of the key, on each wing, and in the corners at the mid-range area.
- The player will set his man up in the paint before using a Kentucky cut and coming off each chair for a shot (you will make 2 cuts on the top chair, one from each side).
- Make sure that you reset and set your man up in the paint each time, touch the opposite lane line each time before coming off to overemphasize setting the defender up first.