If you look at any of the great offensive post players in the game today you will quickly realize that they all have good footwork and soft hands. On the contrary, you can see plenty of post players with great size, athleticism, etc. but they are not able to catch the ball to finish or are constantly shuffling their feet for a travel once they do get the ball.
This basketball drill is going to really help to develop a players footwork and hand eye coordination. That way they will be able to first catch the ball, and then secondly finish with quick efficient footwork around the basket.
Drill Name: Alternating Forwards and Backwards Foot Ups Tennis Ball Drill
Drill Goal: Work on developing footwork and hand eye coordination.
Equipment Needed: 1 Basketball, 1-2 tennis balls, and 1 partner.
Tips: Do your best not to let your heels touch the ground when doing the drill, stay light on your feet. Tosser should make challenging tosses so that the player must extend their arms out to catch the tennis ball.
Directions: The player is going to start with their right foot up on the ball and their left foot on the ground and the partner is going to face the player with a tennis ball in each hand. When the drill starts the partner will call out forward or backwards and the player must start moving the basketball the direction called out alternating which foot touches the ball each time. While this is happening the partner is going to toss tennis balls to the player which they must catch and toss back. At anytime the partner can change the movement to forward or backwards. Continue the drill for 60 seconds.