Shooting, Screening, and Defensive Skills & Drills


  • Learn six defensive drills from National Championship coach Geno Auriemma that will help you build your man-to-man half-court defense
  • Get a smorgasbord of offensive coaching nuggets from Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight that will help you evaluate your offensive philosophy
  • Learn scoring and cutting actions that can be used once the screen has been set and after the screen as been used
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with Bob Knight, former head coach at Texas Tech and Indiana University;
over 900 career wins; 3x National Championship Coach;
Five Final 4 appearances; 4x National Coach of the Year;
1984 US Men’s Olympic Coach (Gold Medal);
distinguished member of the Naismith Hall of Fame (1991)

with Geno Auriemma, 900 career wins – fastest coach to reach 900 wins;
2015 NCAA Championship Coach, winning back-to-back-to-back national championships (2013-15);
10x NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship Coach; back-to-back undefeated national championship seasons (2009 and 2010); five undefeated seasons; 8x National Coach of the year; distinguished member of the Naismith Hall of Fame (2006); over 30 Big East regular season and tournament titles

This is the fifth installment in a series of clinics with Hall of Fame Coaches Bob Knight and Geno Auriemma. In this clinic, two legendary coaches discuss offensive tactics, communicating with players about their role on the team, player development, evaluating talent, shooting, screening, boxing out, defensive stance, defensive influence, and defensive shells drills.

One of the most important skills in basketball is shooting. In this instructional set, Coach Knight shares insights into the art of shooting. He makes you think about how often your players shoot, whether they have a shooting routine, and in what ways they can improve their shooting techniques. Coach Knight begins with a basic shooting drill that covers the most fundamental parts of shooting: passing and catching. He starts with a basic catch-and-shoot routine and builds up to level two shots where players catch and give a shot fake to create a better scoring opportunity.

For every shooting routine, a coach needs an offensive philosophy to teach players what to expect. Coach Knight discusses several ideas and concepts to improve all aspects of coaching from evaluating talent to core values to developing players’ skills even if they struggle to shoot the ball.

If you have watched Coach Knight’s teams over the years, you know the importance of the screen to their motion offense. Coach Knight demonstrates and describes how to effectively and properly use the screen within your half-court offense. He covers the basic down screen and cross screen, shows the proper technique to use, and the cutting options for both players once the screen has been set.

For every good offense, there has to be a great defense to shut them down. In detailed analysis, Coach Auriemma covers how to build your defensive philosophy and man-to-man defense. He uses on-court demonstrations along with breakdown drills to teach an aggressive approach to man-to-man defense. He outlines how to guard 1-on-1 in the half-court in order to force your opponent into poor offensive shooting angles.

Coach Auriemma will help you build your defensive techniques and concepts both on the ball and off the ball. He teaches you how to make a simple transition between guarding the ball to moving off the ball as your man cuts through the lane looking for a scoring opportunity. Coach Auriemma shares six drills to strengthen the defensive attack.

The set includes his “push to the sideline” drill, which “influences” the ball handler to the sideline or baseline, which can be used as another defender to cut off the ball handler. Drills also focus on jumping to the ball after the pass, guarding cutters, and defending the post. Coach Auriemma also shows his 4-on-4 shell drill and how it works on closeouts.

This is a must-have DVD for any coach looking to improve their offensive thinking while learning how to build their man-to-man half-court defense.

Produced at the Spring 2013 Chicago (IL) clinic.

90 minutes. 2013.