South Alabama “M” Basketball Shooting Drill

South Alabama "M" Basketball Shooting Drill


Having the correct footwork coming into a catch and shoot shot in basketball can make all the difference. If a player comes in with aggressive footwork and is balanced on their shot, the percentage of a make goes way up. On the flip side, if the player comes into their shot with unsure footwork and cannot get balanced, their shot is most likely going to have a much lower chance of going in.

The M shooting drill is all about working on the correct footwork when coming into your shot from different spots on the floor. It is a basketball drill that the University of South Alabama uses in their workouts, and it is a great basketball shooting drill that a player can do with a partner or in a team setting.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: South Alabama “M” Basketball Shooting Drill

Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs, cones, and 2 partners.


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Goals of the Drill


Coaching Points

  • Be consistent with your footwork.
  • Whether you come into your shot with a 1-2 step or hop into your shot, do it the same way every time.
  • Stay in your shot until you make or miss; don’t run off to the next shot early.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • Set up a cone outside the 3 point line on each wing and each lane line.
  • The player will start in the right corner for a catch and shoot 3 pointer.
  • They will then fill up and around the first cone on the wing for another 3, followed by the lane line, the next lane line, and finally, the opposite wing.
  • The player will now slide to the corner for a catch and shoot 3 to start the same pattern back, filling up and around each cone for a shot.
  • In total, the player will shoot 10 total 3’s.
  • After the player finishes their 10 shots, they will get 2 free throws before starting the next set of shots.
  • You can decide how many times to go through the drill.
  • Keep track of makes so that the player can see how they are progressing.


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