This is not going to be your typical basketball post move drill, but it is an excellent drill for finishing around the basket and developing quick and soft hands. Adding in two basketballs is also going to challenge the post player to work on their hand-eye coordination.
The hope is that if they can manage two basketballs simultaneously in this drill, it will be no problem for them to catch and handle one ball during a game. Instead of having to think about catching, they will be able to trust their hands, catch the ball, and then navigate the defense. This is an excellent example of a basketball drill that forces players to get out of their comfort zone so that things slow down for them in a game.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Pound Dribble Post Catch Basketball Finishing Drill
Equipment Needed: Two basketballs, a basket, and a passer.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on ball handling and being comfortable with the basketball.
- Develop quick hands and confidence when catching the ball.
- Work on finishing around the basket with either hand.
- The player needs to stay low in an athletic stance while handling the ball.
- They should be looking to dribble the basketball as hard as they can while still controlling it.
- Look to finish with a soft touch and really extend on each finish.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The player is going to start under the basket facing outwards with a basketball in their left hand.
- The passer will be in the middle of the paint with the other ball.
- When the drill starts, the player will begin pound dribbling the basketball with their left hand.
- At the passer’s discretion, they will pass their ball to the player’s right hand.
- The player must gather their ball, catch the pass, and then finish with a reverse layup.
- The player will pass the ball back out to the passer and get right back into the drill.
- Repeat for the desired amount of repetitions or time, and then switch hands.
Recommended Time, Steps, Scoring, Repetitions
- If doing this drill for a set amount of repetitions, consider 6-8 repetitions per hand.
- You might also want to consider only counting makes as reps. This will allow you to hold the player accountable for completing their finishes around the basket.
- The last option you have for tracking this drill is time. If you do decide on doing time, 30-60 seconds per hand should be sufficient. If you are also trying to make it a conditioning drill, feel free to add more time and continue to rapidly fire the pass in for the finish.
Pound Dribble Post Catch Basketball Finishing Drill Conclusion
When it comes to playing in the post, handling the ball, catching difficult passes, and then finishing around the basket with either hand cannot be valued enough. The more a player can excel in these areas, the more value they will add to their game and the team.
Often, being able to do these things well comes down to the player’s mental toughness as well. If they allow themselves to think that they struggle to catch the ball, they will. If they have confidence in themselves, they will have confidence in a game. This basketball drill is going to allow players to get the repetitions they need to develop that confidence.