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Finishing at the Rim
Danielle Viglione made a name for herself at the University of Texas where she set the school record for 3-pointers made in a career. Her career scoring average still ranks fifth all-time in Longhorns women’s basketball history. Viglione also played 10 seasons for the Sacramento Monarchs of the WNBA and now runs the Sacramento Skills Academy.
Coach Viglione is committed to helping players increase their effectiveness around the rim. Using a series of drills, Viglione shows you how you can give your players a number of options to score at the rim. You will seed examples of the drills complete with coaching points so you can work on improving your players’ finishing ability.
Coach Viglione demonstrates a number of drills, including two-ball drills, to increase effectiveness at the rim. Two-ball drills force players to focus and maintain balance. You will also see drills like Mikan moves and drills with chairs. These drills help get players accustomed to operating at different angles. The chair drills also allow Coach Viglione the opportunity to address young players who do not take long enough steps to the basket.
Viglione then moves on to two-foot finishes. The phrase “one step, one dribble” helps players understand how to gather themselves as they attack the rim. Two-foot finishes are important because they help players play with more balance and power, which is key when around the basket.
Players then put all the finishes together and work on them in a team setting. Players work around the perimeter practicing moves from a variety of positions. One of the best drills is one where players must beat a defender with their foot and shoulder causing separation. The drill progresses to have the offensive player read the next defender.
Turning Into Your Power Finish
One of the more valuable skills a player can have is the ability to score in traffic when taking contact. In this segment, Coach Viglione teaches players to square up and finish after a rebound. The drills are done individually with a defender so attackers can get used to contact and counter moves.
Team Finishing Drills
Coach Viglione’s 67-minute video wraps up with a series of competitive team drills allowing players to work on all the moves they have practiced throughout the practice. Doing so helps players improve on their finishing skills, a valuable tool in today’s game.