Sometimes the defense, when guarding a ball screen, will try to cheat the play and jump out over the screen before you actually use it. This is when the ball screen refusal comes into play. If you time it up, you can make them pay for trying to jump over the ball screen early. Being able to use this move and read the defense comes down to having good basketball fundamentals. If you don’t have the correct move to use when the defense makes a certain move, you will be in trouble.
You must keep the defender honest and make him pay for cheating the play, or they will continue to do it all game. This ball screen refusal drill will help teach you the correct way to refuse the screen and how to score off it. Basketball drills like this are great because they work on situations that you will get during the course of a game. So if you are a point guard or wing player, make sure to take advantage of this drill and all of its details for executing a ball screen refusal.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Ball Screen Refusal Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 Basketball, a chair, and a basket.
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Goals of the Drill
- Learn how to properly set your man up on a ball screen and then refuse the ball screen.
- Bring your man below the ball screen, don’t turn your back to the defender, set your man up slow to fast, and be explosive off of the ball screen.
- Sell the move with your eyes and body.
- Once you refuse the screen, don’t go wide but go in a straight line to the basket.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Place a chair above the free-throw line extended outside the 3 point line on the wing.
- Have a line of players on the sideline about 5 feet above the chair.
- The first player in line is going to dribble down below the chair, set his man up like he is coming off the screen, and then at the last second, refuse the screen.
- You can use whatever move you want to refuse the ball screen; in & out, crossover, behind the back, between the legs, etc.
- After you refuse the screen, make a straight line drive and either pull up for a shot or finish at the basket with whatever move you want to work on.