This article was written by University of South Alabama assistant men's basketball coach Russ Willemsen.
We all want to knock down shots in a game, but do you really understand how hard it is to become a great shooter? It is a simple concept, but difficult to understand: REPS…and not just reps, but reps at game speed. We charted the number of shots one of our players took in a particular practice.
This included layups in 3 man weave, shots during a water break, 5 on 0 offense and also the drills with defense. He took 54 shots that entire practice. There is no way one can become a consistent shooter taking just 54 shots every day. That means that it is up to you to be responsible and get shots up on your own after practice.
Here are four drills to add at the end of practice that can help improve shooting percentages.
5 Minute Shooting
This drill requires one shooter, one passer/rebounder and one ball. The shooter will attempt catch and shoot three pointers for five straight minutes from various spots on the court. We like for our right-handed players to have their left foot down and step in to their shot (opposite for lefties) as well as to have their hands ready.
At the end of the five minutes the shooter should have attempted between 70-90 three pointers, depending on long rebounds, etc. Our goal is for our player to be above 50 makes in that five minutes and great shooters should be above 60 makes and elite shooters are above 70 makes.
I attended a coaching clinic at Vanderbilt and stole this drill from them. This drill requires one shooter, one passer/rebounder and one ball. The shooter will pick a three point spot to begin shooting from. Once he declares that spot, he cannot move until he makes three 3FGs in a row.
After the shooter makes three in a row, he moves to the next spot. The objective is to count how many spots of three in a row one can make in five minutes. Vanderbilt said their high was John Jenkins that made 21 spots of three 3FGs in a row in a five-minute period. This is a great drill that also adds pressure to shooting.
5 Spots, 10 Shots, Repeat
This drill requires one passer, one rebounder and two balls. The shooter will attempt 10 catch and shoot three point field goals from the left corner, left wing, top of key, right wing and right corner. The shooter will take five free throws and repeat the catch and shoot three pointers.
This will give the shooter 100 3FGA. We want our shooters to knock down 70 out of 100 on catch and shoot with no defense in drills. Anything above 80 is an elite shooter. This drill should take no longer than 10 minutes, including the free throws.
This drill is a bit more complicated but great for getting game shots. I modified the drill to fit our system to ensure the shots attempted are out of our offense. The drill requires one shooter, one passer/rebounder and one ball. It is also a great conditioning drill that adds fatigue to the shooter.
This drill should take no more than 10 minutes. The shooter will take the following shots
- 25 Catch and shoot mid range shots (5 shots each from left corner, left wing, top of key, right corner, right wing)
- 5 shots moving from left wing to left corner
- 5 shots moving from left corner to left wing
- 5 shots moving left wing to top of key
- 5 shots moving from top of key to left wing
- 5 catch and shoot left wing transition 3FGs. Start at half court and sprint to the left wing
- 5 transition ball screen 3FGs from the left wing. Start at half court dribble down to a wing ball screen and shoot the 3FG.
- 5 screen the screener 3FGs. Start on the right block and set a cross screen on the left block. Come up the left lane line for a top of the key 3FG
- Repeat steps 2-8 on the right side
- 5 Catch and shoot 3FGs (1 shot each from left corner, left wing, top of key, right corner, right wing)
Becoming a better shooter will not happen over night. It takes time and work. One of these drills a day will make a world of difference. You will not only see your numbers increase, but also your confidence. If you would like to checkout our basketball shooting training videos click here.
If you have any questions on these drills feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org