The hook shot is a finish that isn’t used as much in today’s game, but any player that has mastered it can create a problem for taller defenders or defenders who are shot blockers. Finishing around the basket in a variety of ways allows for players to have options when they are in the post or finishing on a drive.
This basketball finishing drill extends the classic Mikan drill and allows the player to get a bunch of quality repetitions in a short period of time. By using two basketballs, the player is being forced to maintain control of the ball with just one hand while extending the ball, creating a high finish. This drill will also work on the player’s footwork and body positioning, allowing them to develop their technique and hopefully master the hook finish.
Add this basketball post drill to a player’s workouts. Even if a player doesn’t predominately use a hook shot, this drill is still great for working on footwork and developing a soft touch around the basket.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Two Ball Same Side Hook Shot Mikan Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs and a basket.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on a high finish away from the body and touch around the basket.
- Work on the player’s footwork and body positioning to score over a taller defender.
- The player must extend the hook shot up for a high finish, which will allow them to score over a taller defender.
- Make sure the player is keeping their body between the ball and the defender to take away the defender’s ability to block the shot.
- Find a good rhythm and stay light on your feet while maintaining good elevation.
- Put the ball where you want it to go and with a nice soft touch.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The player will start with a basketball in each hand on the right side of the basket, out towards the lane line.
- When the drill starts, the player will jump off their left foot and shoot a hook shot with the basketball in their right hand, extending the ball for a high finish.
- They will then pass the basketball in their left hand to their right hand, rebound the first basketball out of the net with their left hand, and then repeat the hook shot motion with their right hand.
- The player will continue this pattern for the desired amount of repetitions or time and then switch sides of the basket and hands that they finish with.
- You can also do this drill jumping off the same foot as the hand you are laying the ball up with.
- This will help to work on footwork and finishing in a variety of different ways around the basket.
Recommended Time, Steps, Scoring, and Repetitions
- Have the player take five shots from each side of the basket. Set a goal of makes out of those five attempts. This will give them a chance to compete against themselves while still completing enough repetitions.
- If you want to ensure that they make a certain number of shots, have them do this basketball drill until they reach five made baskets. For beginners, this might take more time if you have the player do it until they make a certain number of baskets.
- Challenge them to make as many hook shots in a row as they can; you can use this to create competition if you have multiple people doing the drill.
- You could also put a specific time amount to do the drill; 20-30 seconds for each side would be a reasonable amount of time. Test to see how many shots can they make in the given time. You could add more time if you want to challenge their endurance.
- Extend the range on this shot once they have mastered the technique by moving away from the basket another step or two.
Two-Ball Same Side Hook Shot Mikan Basketball Drill Conclusion
While the hook shot is not used much in today’s game, it is still a move that can be effective if practiced and mastered. To help your post player develop and master this move, you need to emphasize touch around the basket and good extension and footwork.
The Two Ball Same Side Hook Shot Mikan Basketball Drill is an effective way to work on those points of emphasis while also giving your player another option to use near the basket. Having a variety of ways to finish around the basket will make them a more confident post player against defenders who may be bigger or more athletic.