NCAA Basketball Drills for Recruits

January 2, 2012
by Justin

Welcome back to Hardwood High School, your top-tier source for tips, techniques, drills about everything in high school basketball with a NCAA basketball perspective. Volume one was about the importance of great defense, and the second volume was all about you, the high school basketball player, who’s looking for the best opportunity to play at the next level. Week three was all about Duke and UNC basketball’s coaches and their high-level tips. Week four was all about AAU basketball and how to infiltrate the complex world of AAU sports. Week five was filled with drills for all aspiring NCAA basketball recruits, just like this week will be. Let’s get into the NCAA basketball drills right now.


Drills for NCAA Basketball Recruits: The 4th Quarter Free Throw

This drill for NCAA basketball recruits requires two to three people. This is a drill developed by NCAA basketball coach June Daugherty. In the fourth quarter, free throws can be the difference between a win or a loss. This NCAA basketball drill emphasizes what every NCAA basketball recruit should know; you have to make your free throws, even if you’re tired. The shooter starts with eleven points and shoots one-and-ones. If the first shot is made, subtract two points, and if they miss the first shot add two points. If the second shot is made, subtract one point, and if they miss the second shot, add one point. Every even shot is a two point bonus. After every shot is missed you or your group has to run the length of the basketball court for however many shots you have left to make. This creates the fourth quarter element because as the NCAA basketball game continues you will get increasingly tired. The first player or group, depending on how you divide it up, to reach zero points WINS.



Drills for NCAA Basketball Recruits: The Triangle Rebound

This drill for NCAA basketball recruits requires three to seven people. This NCAA basketball drill is from the Texas A&M coaches’ handbook, which makes it an official high-level drill for NCAA basketball recruits. An odd number of people are required for this drill because their needs to be a shooter and two people both going for the rebound. This drill starts with one offensive player and one defender maintaining the defensive position with their back to the basket. Every time the shooter dribbles the basketball, the offensive players rotate in a triangle. The defense’s goal is to not only box out and secure the rebound, but to work on not letting the cutters cut their face and staying in correct position whether in denial or help side. After a few rotations, the shooter will then shoot the basketball and the defense has to make contact, block out, and rebound the basketball. The offense must go hard to rebound the basketball it also, and if the offensive player rebounds the basketball, that’s a lap for the defender.


Drills for NCAA Basketball Recruits: Perimeter Zone Defense

This drill for NCAA basketball recruits requires five people. Three offensive players swing the basketball making the two inside defenders rotate as if they were the top of a two-three zone. The offensive players are allowed to skip pass and shoot once five or more passes are successfully completed. One the shot is up the defensive player have to box out and rebound the basketball. The offensive players have an advantage of having an extra man so they should get every rebound. If the defenders get the rebound, the offensive team has to do 20 push-ups as punishment.


Be sure to focus on playing harder and not about the day-to-day politics of your basketball program. There are just as much if not more politics at the college basketball level of athletics; your job is to never allow these issues in high school basketball to suppress with your future prospects in your sport. Ultimately, you should continue to work on your game, so when it comes time to show and prove, your skill on the basketball court speaks for itself. Check back next week for another installment of Hardwood High. Until then, this is Yorick Hempstead signing off.


Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for ScoutMe. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.


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