Intelligent Drives : Training Dribble Penetration : Part 2

Intelligent Drives : Training Dribble Penetration : Part 2

When your players move the ball, cut, and move their defenders and have good spacing, you are going to create open space where you can train your ball-handlers to drive called “Real Estate”. With the “Click-Click-Draft” drill, we exaggerate the amount of space normally created so your players can begin to see intelligent driving areas and space.  The terminology of “Click” for a pass comes from the previous series on Training Circle Movement – Part 4.

The over-sized “Real Estate” that the ball-handler needs to recognize and take advantage of is produced through 1 quick pass (and cut), and the following actions of the 2 cutters that are created from that pass.   This “Quick-Quick” or “Hot Potato” action pulls the first 2 natural help defenders away with the cutters and allows the ball handler to “draft” the cutters to the goal.   Note that NONE of this action is possible without Layer 1 (Pass and Cut) being a habit in your offense.

Coach Torbett illustrates the “Click-Click-Draft” in the video for Read and React Youth Practices : Practice 3 – L1D -Recognizing Draft and Real Estate Drives .

In the following diagrams, (I used FastDraw to created these), the cutters are finishing their basket cuts in the decision box, and then filling out to the perimeter and setting “Replacement Screens” (back screens), on the opposite sides of the floor. If the cutters were to fill out to the same side of the floor that they cut from, they would actually shrink or even eliminate the “Real Estate” that we are looking to create, and make it easier for the defense to stop the drive.  The diagrams below show this action from 3 different starting positions with the ball: (Wing-Top-Wing, Corner-Wing-Top, and Top-Wing-Corner), so that your players can see how “Real Estate” can be created from different spots on the floor, and which scoring lanes are created from each action.

Frame 1

  • (3) starts with ball on left wing and passes to (2) and cuts and sets replacement screen for (4)
  • (2) passes quickly to (1) (“Hot Potato”) and sets replacement screen for (3)

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Frame 2

  • (1) drives the “Real Estate” before (5) fills up and (4) uses the replacement screen.
  • Once (1) drives the ball, we are into Circle Movement and you can train any of following actions: a) Lay-Up b) Logo Shot c) Natural Pitch d) Safety Valve e) Bounce-Off

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Frame 3

  • (4) starts with ball in left corner and passes to (2) and cuts and sets replacement screen for (5)
  • (2) passes quickly to (1) (“Hot Potato”) and sets replacement screen for (4)

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Frame 4

  • (1) drives the “Real Estate” before (3) fills up and (5) uses the replacement screen.
  • Once (1) drives the ball, we are into Circle Movement and you can train any of following actions: a) Lay-Up b) Logo Shot c) Natural Pitch d) Safety Valve e) Bounce-Off

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Frame 5

  • (3) starts with ball in the top spot and passes to (2) and cuts and sets replacement screen for (5)
  • (2) passes quickly to (1) (“Hot Potato”) and sets replacement screen for (5)

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Frame 6

  • (1) drives the “Real Estate” before (4) fills up and (5) uses the replacement screen.
  • Once (1) drives the ball, we are into Circle Movement and you can train any of following actions: a) Lay-Up b) Logo Shot c) Natural Pitch d) Safety Valve e) Bounce-Off

DribblePenetratePart2Diagram6

In the final part of this series, we will discuss and diagram this action starting with a Dribble-At.

About The Author

Loren Tillman has been coaching for over 15 years at all levels of basketball.  Coach Tillman started running the Read and React 8 years ago with a 4th grade boys AAU team.  He has installed it with great success as a Girls High School Head Coach and for the last three years as a Boys High School Head Coach in the Seatlle, WA area.  Coach Tillman is also involved with PGC Basketball, most recently as a basket instructor for their summer courses.

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2 comments

  1. spartyguy@gmail.com

    Another piece of information that makes me wonder if teaching players from the beginning to set back screens after their pass-cut action is the best approach. If we are trying to instill habits, then there seem to be many reasons to make the first learned habit one of screening your way out rather than just filling an empty space. Thoughts?

    • It’s a great point coach. Rick has had lots of coaches that take this approach so that players don’t feel like they’ve “messed up” if they fill out and a player is standing in the spot they think should be open. It depends on the level of the players you’re working with. If anyone else has any thoughts, feel free to add!

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