This off the dribble basketball shooting drill is all about learning how to score off the ball screen, and a big part of that is reading the guard defender and exploiting whatever decision they make when guarding the screen. You will work on two different ways that the defender is going to guard the screen in this drill. The first way is by going under the screen; when this happens, the ball handler will stop behind the screen and shoot the ball.
Secondly, the guard defender will down or blue the ball screen and try to deny the ball handler from even having a chance to use the ball screen. To exploit the defense on this type of defense, the ball handler will fake like they are going over the top of the screen, refuse the screen, and then split the imaginary post defender sitting on the baseline for a little floater in the paint. Basketball drills like this are great because they allow the player to get situation reads for actions they will be a part of during a game.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Guard Defender Ball Screen Series Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and 2 partners.
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- Ball Screen Flat Switch Basketball Drill
- Ball Screen Switch Mismatch Basketball Drill
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on attacking off of the ball screen and exploiting the guard defender.
- Take your defender below the screen every time and set them up before using it.
- Don’t drift on your shot and jump straight up and down.
- Really sell your move on the ball screen refusal dribble.
- See the floor and practice good habits.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- One partner/coach will stand on the wing and set a screen, and the other partner will guard the ball handler on the sideline with token defense.
- The defender is going to guard the ball screen two different ways.
- On the first way, the partner will go under the screen, and the player must stop behind the screen and shoot the shot.
- The second way, the partner will down the ball screen, and the player must refuse the ball screen and then split the imaginary post player towards the baseline and shoot a floater in the paint.
- Do 4-6 shots per type of defense and then switch sides and repeat.