One of the best ways to get high percentage shots is guard penetration to a post dump off. The penetration forces the defensive post player to step up to stop the ball, and this creates the opportunity to pass the ball off to the offensive post player. However, this only works if the post player does a great job creating space for a passing angle and then also catches the basketball moving towards the basket.
A good post defender will recover pretty quickly on a dump-off pass, so it is crucial that the offensive post player’s technique is great on the catch and then finishing before the defensive player can recover or through contact, if the post player gets back around in time. This post-move basketball drill is perfect for working on this type of action.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Florida Gators Line Ups Basketball Finishing Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball or heavy ball, 1 passer, 1 pad, and a defender.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on finishing at the basket after a guard penetrates and dumps the ball off to a post player.
- Catch the ball with your momentum moving towards the basket, and don’t be afraid of the contact.
- Get your shoulders squared to the basket on your finish so that you don’t expose the ball to the defender.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The player will start a couple of feet off the block with their butt to the baseline.
- The passer will be in the paint with the ball.
- When the drill starts, the passer will make a bounce pass to the player, slightly leading them to the basket, and the post player will move towards the basket as they receive the pass.
- From this point, you can choose from three different types of finishes to work on.
- The first finish is a no-dribble finish that will work on finishing before the post defender can recover, and you don’t need a pad for this finish.
- The second finish will be with one dribble, and it will beat the post defender to the spot and then finish through contact.
- The third finish is similar to the second in using one dribble and seeking the contact, but instead of finishing on the same side of the rim, the player will pivot and use the rim to protect the finish from the shot blocker.
- You can do this basketball drill with multiple post players in a line one after another or in an individual workout.