Being able to get squared up on the catch when a defender is pressuring you takes practice and the proper footwork. If the player catches the ball and cannot get squared up to the basket, the defender can keep pressuring him/her because they are not a scoring threat. With this basketball finishing drill, you will practice squaring up against a token defender and then ripping the ball through and finishing at the basket.
You have to make the defender respect your ability to drive it past them and score or find an open teammate off of the penetration. Once you have done this a couple of times, the defender will back off on the catch and give you more space because they don’t want to get driven past. Outside of finishing, this is an excellent basketball drill for working on being strong with the ball and learning to face the pressure.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Square Up Footwork Live Finish Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and a partner.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on your footwork, facing the pressure, and ripping through to the basket.
- Be strong with the ball and protect it as your rip through.
- Square up the defender and make sure that you go somewhere with your dribble.
- Don’t avoid the contact but rip through it.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The player will start in either corner with the basketball, and the partner will be guarding them with token defense.
- The player will spin the ball out to themselves on the wing, catch the ball, square up, and then rip through to the right or left and finish at the basket.
- Partner/defender will just play token defense on the rip through and then let the player go after that (grab at the ball and defender’s arms to make the drill harder).
- Do 4-6 repetitions on each wing and alternate which direction you rip the ball through each time.