One of the best ways to get open shots is being able to penetrate and kick. The goal of the ball handler is to drive hard to the basket, and then once the defense collapses to help, kick the ball out to an open shooter for a catch and shoot shot. When this happens, the shooter needs to slide to create space from their defender and to also create a better passing lane for the player penetrating to the basket.
This basketball drill will work on both the penetration and shooting action, and it is also going to add a second basketball to make the drill even more challenging. It is a great basketball shooting drill to use with your wings because it is something that every wing player should be able to do, and it will allow for a lot of repetitions in a short period of time.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Kevin Sutton Penetrate and Kick Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 2 Basketballs and 2 players.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on penetrating and kicking for the shot.
- Stay low and athletic the whole time when dribbling the basketballs, and don’t raise up out your athletic stance when you make the pass.
- Try to make the pass on a straight line and don’t scoop it; push it.
- The player can dribble both basketballs simultaneously or alternating; it is up to you.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- One player will start in the center of the court, and the other player will be on the left-wing (even with the free line).
- When the drill starts, the player with both basketball will dribble down to the top of the key and then angle themselves to the left elbow.
- While this is happening, the player on the wing will slide to their left a few steps.
- As the ball handler gets to the elbow, they will snap a one-handed push pass with their outside to the wing player for a shot.
- After they make the pass, they will shoot an elbow pull-up jump shot with the other ball.
- If there are more than two players, the next group will go; if not, the players will reset but change spots.
- Repeat for the desired amount of repetitions and then switch sides.