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BasksetballCoach.com Presents: 35 Best Passing Drills
Many of the top coaches at the highest levels of the game of basketball will tell you one of the most important stats related to winning is assists. The assist is reflective of a team’s ability to take advantage of an opponent and put players into scoring position. This video takes you inside practice sessions with some of the games top coaches and trainers and gives you the tools necessary to improve your team’s passing skills. There is a wide variety of drills that work on everything from catching, bounce passing, outlet passing, and much more.
Monteverde (FL) Academy head coach Kevin Boyle, a three-time national champion, shares a pair of warm-up drills that work on passing and movement without the ball. Players work on V-cuts and perimeter exchanges in the first drill. The second has players work on shot fakes, middle drives, baseline drives, and drift passes to the corner.
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, a Naismith Hall of Famer, uses a three-player drill to work on the fast break. The drill starts with a rebound and an outlet pass by a post player. The focus of the drill is on advancing the ball as much as possible with each pass.
Gregg Marshall, the 2014 Naismith Coach of the Year after leading Wichita State to the Final Four, shows you a drill to work on passing by post players. Posts must block out, rebound the ball at its apex with two hand, and make an outlet pass to the correct side of the floor.
Legendary high school head coach Bob Hurley of St. Anthony’s in New Jersey shows you an outlet passing drill he used to begin his practices. Players work in pairs and begin the drill by simulating a rebound off the glass. The player receiving the pass dribbles to the middle of the floor and makes a jump stop inside the free throw circle then passes to the rebounder who has run wide.
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