On a ball screen, the defense can choose to guard it in several different ways – switch, show, go under, etc. For this ball screen retreat dribble situation, the basketball drill will work on if the defense traps or blitz’s the ball screen. Instead of just picking the ball up when you get trapped and playing into the defense’s hands, you want to be able to make them pay for trapping you on the ball screen. The ball screen retreat dribble attack drill will help you navigate a ball screen trap and then make the defense pay for trying to trap you.
Often, when a defense traps the ball screen, they will have the backside defenders rotate and try to steal the pass out of the double team. Being able to retreat dribble and read the floor out of a ball screen trap is a great tool to have. Also, it allows you to keep your dribble alive and then attack the big man’s outside foot with space. If you can get past the trap, your team will be able to have numbers attacking the basket. This type of move is one of the basketball fundamentals of using a ball screen.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Ball Screen Retreat Dribble Attack Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 Basketball, a chair, and a basket.
Similar Basketball Drills and Resources
- Ball Screen Switch Mismatch Basketball Drill
- Ball Screen Split Basketball Drill
- Ball Screen Turn the Corner Basketball Drill
Goals of the Drill
- Practice using the retreat dribble for a ball screen trap situation and then attacking the bigger, slower defender.
- Set your man up before coming off the ball screen.
- See the floor and bring the ball below the ball screen.
- Don’t open up when you retreat dribble but slide laterally backward.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Set a chair on the wing free throw line extended.
- Have the line of players start about 5 feet above the chair on the sideline.
- The first player will dribble down the sideline below the chair, set his man up, and then come off the ball screen.
- As the player comes off the ball screen, the imaginary big man defender will blitz the ball screen, and the player must retreat dribble backward 4-5 feet.
- The player will now attack the imaginary big man’s outside foot with a hesitation move or an in and out move.
- After the player makes the move, they can either get all the way to the basket for a finish or pull up around the free-throw line for a jump shot.