How Basketball Players Make Decisions

Since I wrote Developing Basketball Intelligence, a reader has hounded me to read Sources of Power by Gary Klein. Having never heard of it or Klein, I put off the recommendations, figuring it was another pop science book like Outliers. However, with some free time this summer while waiting for my committee to respond with comments on my dissertation proposal, I ordered and read Sources of Power, which is not pop science at all. It is an interesting account of naturalistic decision making, as opposed to the laboratory, focused on Klein’s research with firemen, the military, emergency rooms, and more. […]

The Purpose of the Off-Season

An assistant coach called and told me that the head coach met with the staff and insisted that the players should “hate September.” I don’t understand this mentality. Why do coaches want players to hate basketball and training? How do we encourage life-long physical activity if the goal is to make our youth hate training?  […]

The Shoot-Around or Walk-Through

Most teams at the high-school level and above have a walk-through or a shoot-around the day of a game or the day before. These are designed to rehearse the plan for the game, go over the opponent one more time, and build confidence in one’s shooting by watching the ball go through the net with some easy, uncontested shooting drills.  […]

Perimeter Spacing Principles with Dribble Penetration

The video is a combination of two drills from 180 Shooter and Developing Basketball Intelligence: String Shooting Drill and Spurs Shooting Drill. More importantly, the drills teach basic spacing principles in relation to dribble penetration by a teammate. This was the final progression of these drills, and we moved quickly to the final progression because the players wanted to cheat: They moved on the pass rather than waiting to see the direction of the player’s drive. […]

Hard2Guard Skills – Pivoting, Protecting the Ball, and Passing

Below are two clips from a recent clinic with the u18s in Ghana. I apologize for the lack of volume in some parts. The keys are to protect the ball from the defense while remaining in a position to make a pass at all times. These are basic drills and skills featured in Hard2Guard: Skill Development for Perimeter Players. […]