How to Do a Pro Hop in Basketball

How to Do a Pro Hop Basketball Move


The pro hop basketball finish got its name because of how many NBA players use the move, and because it is more of an advanced basketball move. If done right, though, it can be very effective to avoid charges and finish around the basket. It is a move that wing players should add to their arsenal and is considered one of the basketball fundamentals for finishing around the basket.

You will be able to learn the fundamentals of how to do a pro hop with this basketball training video and then also see a player demonstrate the move. When making the move, you need to make sure that you are under control and can sell the move as you pro hop back over top of the defender.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: How to Do a Pro Hop in Basketball

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and a basket.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Learn the fundamentals of the pro hop move.


Coaching Points

  • Protect the basketball when you make the move and visualize the imaginary defender.
  • Focus on the proper footwork and selling the move.
  • Two different types of pro hops that you can use:
    • (A) Pro hop laterally and keep your shoulders squared to the basket for a finish.
    • (B) Pro hop laterally and rotate your body so that the defender is now on your butt and your body is shielding the finish.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • Dribble to the right or left, and when you get to where you want to make the move, you will jump stop on both feet.
  • Now jump laterally to the side that doesn’t have the basketball.
  • As you are jumping laterally, you will bring the ball over top and across your body.
  • You can choose to rotate your body or keep it square to the basket while you are in the air.
  • Land on both feet at the same time and then jump again to finish.


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3 Responses

  1. When one lands the hop on both feet, is there a pivot foot? Or are both feet pivot feet? In the video, all shots are taken with both feet leaving the floor simultaneously. Could one, after landing the hop, lean on one foot, push off that foot, taking the other foot off the floor first and finish toward the basket or even pass? I understand you must land the hop with both feet simultaneously, but must one shoot or pass with both feet leaving the floor simultaneously? I think the answer goes back to my first question—when one lands both feet simultaneously, is there a pivot foot?

  2. Yes you can pivot after a pro hop if you put your dribble down as you take the hop. This basically makes it like coming to a jump stop with the basketball and then you could establish either pivot foot. However after you pivot you need to jump off both feet at the same time or it will be a travel. Hope that helps!

  3. “Yes you can pivot after a pro hop if you put your dribble down as you take the hop.” Have you tried to dribble AFTER hopping? It’s essentially impossible to do. The only realistic way of jumping at full speed is to gather and then jump. You have to land with both feet together, meaning that neither foot is the pivot foot. You can lift either foot off the ground, but the travel will be called when a foot returns to the ground.

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