In today’s article, state champion head coach Tom Boone takes us through one of his most successful basketball practice plans.
About Tom Boone
As head coach for Mankato West High School in Mankato, MN, Tom Boone had a 215-123 career record. Under his coaching, Mankato West High School was the 2004 State Class AAA champion, and the 2009 State Class AAA runner up. They were also Big 9 Conference Champions in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009, and Section 2AAA COY in 2004 and 2009, and the 2005, 2008 and 2009 Big 9 Conference COY.
“My coaching philosophy is basically to play great man defense with a variety of full court presses. We also like to run a motion offense while incorporating multiple set plays. The biggest reason for our success (besides talent) is the willingness of our players to accept their role and bring a great unselfish work ethic to the gym everyday.” – Tom Boone
Practice Drill – “Shell Drill”
We do our defensive “Shell Drill” everyday. We run it as a 4 on 4 drill and progress through these stages:
- Position – (jump to pass, closeout, and get to help)
- Penetration – (work on keeping out of lane and helping)
- Cutters – pass and cut (work on chesting cutters)
- Downscreen/Crossscreen (work on defending screens)
- Power – anything goes.
Sideline out of bounds play –“Laker”
This is designed to get your point guard penetrating to the basket with a post ready to catch and finish or a three-point shot from the corner.
Special play – “Husky”
This play is designed to get a lob for a layup/dunk. This play provided us with the best dunk I have seen in a high school game.
Offensive set play – “High 1”
We ran this play a lot in 2004. We used it to get the ball to our all time leading scorer on the block. Since then, we have utilized it get that great two man action on the weak side for some easy shots.
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