The Cut and Dribble Drill Series

In today’s video blog post, we are talking about basketball dribbling and a great dribble drill series called the “Cut and Dribble” series. You will learn about a complex dribble drill that’s sure to be a hit with your team.

This is something new we have instituted to help us with our cutting, and to help us with the conditioning aspect.

For this dribble drill, we are going to do this all on one side:

  • players start at half court
  • they are going to throw to the coach
  • and you want to look at a few different things off these cuts
  • when the ball is thrown to the coach, the player is then going to sprint down the lane
  • the coach will call out one of the 4 motions listed above as he thrown the ball back to the player, and the player is then going to run the motion and shoot the ball

Cut & Shoot

  • This is a straight cut and shoot or in/out motion


  • When we work the backdoor, the whole emphasis is to get a 1 2 count in the players mind. This is great when you are being overplayed. The player wants to get a 1 2 count, step up into it, force him to come into the passing lane, and then backdoor by showing your hands and cutting hard to the basket.


  • On the handoff, the player comes and takes the ball from the coach, and puts the ball out in front to score in the lane

Pick & Roll

  • “ The coach throws the ball to the player, who starts dribbling the ball. Set a screen on the defensive player. And the only rule with the Pick and Roll is a minimum of two dribbles. If you can get two dribbles off of the pick and roll, especially on a naked pick and roll, then you have a great chance to get a great shot, or a great pass for someone else. The other thing we want to do is create space and create spacing for everyone else by those two dribbles.


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