Vanderbilt Post Transition Basketball Shooting Drill

Vanderbilt Post Transition Basketball Shooting Drill


A post player in basketball that can spread the floor and make shots at a high level adds a lot of value to a team. It puts the post defender in a mismatch situation by requiring them to guard further out on the floor than they are used to. This is also great for transition situations because most post defenders are taught to run back to the rim during transition defense. So if the post player can make trail shots, it really helps out the transition offense. The post defender must either come out and defend the trail shooter, leaving the basket open for penetration, or give up the trail shot.

This catch and shoot basketball shooting drill will help the shooter work on shooting trail shots from multiple spots on the floor. It will allow the player to come into their shot from different angles and spots on the floor. It is a great basketball shooting drill to use with your post players if you are a coach, or if you are a player, to use on your own if you have a rebounder.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Vanderbilt Post Transition Basketball Shooting Drill

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball, a partner, and a cone.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Work on shooting transition trail shots.
  • Work on footwork coming into your shot and conditioning.


Coaching Points

  • Come into your shot the same way every time, be consistent with your shot preparation.
  • Stay in your shot until you make or miss.
  • Make sure that you are not drifting forward or kicking your leg out on your shot.
  • Show your hands to receive the pass for the shot.
  • The goal is to make at least 8 for 10.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • Set a cone up out near half court at the center circle.
  • The rebounder will start with the basketball in the paint, and the shooter will start at the cone.
  • When the drill starts, the shooter will run down to the block for a catch and shoot trail shot.
  • After the shooter shoots the first shot, they will jog back to the cone and then sprint down the other side of the floor for the same shot on the other side of the paint.
  • This will be the same pattern for the whole basketball drill, but the following shots are in this order (on both sides); short corner, wing mid-range, elbow, free throw line (only one shot), and 3 point line (only one shot).
  • This will give the player a total of 10 shots.
  • The player can shoot two free throws after the drill.


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