If you are looking for a drill to help develop both footwork and soft hands this is a great drill. This basketball drill has a mixture of soccer (or European football) in it by forcing the player to use their feet to control the basketball.
At the same time though, the player is going to have to catch and toss the tennis ball back and forth to the coach or partner. This is a really good drill for post players.
Drill Name: Foot Ups Forwards and Backwards 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: Stay light on your feet and do your best to not let your heels touch the ground. React as quickly as you can to the partners calls to change direction and footwork. Passer needs to throw passes that are going to challenge the player to reach out to get the ball.
Directions: The player is going to start with the basketball at their feet and the passer facing them 5-6 feet away. The passer can call out which foot and whether the player should go forward or backwards. If the passer calls out right foot forward, the player is going to hop on their left foot and slightly roll the basketball forward with their right foot. At the same time though, the passer is going to be tossing tennis balls to the player that the player must catch and toss back. At any time the passer can change the foot and the direction that the player is going. Continue the drill for 30-60 seconds or a certain number of tennis ball catches.