Inner City Moves by 5-Star Basketball

This was one of my favorite instructional videos growing up and now you can find it on Youtube!

Coach Holowicki takes you through a progression of dribbling moves and finishing drills starting from the basic and moving up to the complex.

I found this useful as player, because it gave me structured moves to practice. While some are more useful than others, they all bring an element of fun and flash to the game.

Lastly, if you have a few moves that you know you can hit to get you to where you want to be on the court, as well as the counter to those moves, you will be a step ahead of the defense. You can dictate the flow of the game instead of just purely responding to what the defense gives you!

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Now get out there and practice some new moves!


Beat the Pro

For today’s installment, I thought I would share a way to add some pressure and competition to your shooting practice this summer.


Have you ever imagined that you are playing for your favorite NBA or college basketball team? When I was younger I would go out on a low rim and dunk all day with my tongue out pretending I was Michael Jordan. The following drill is about playing a game against your favorite (or least favorite player).

Beat the Pro:

These are the rules of the game. Every time you take and make a shot, you get +1 point. Whenever you take and miss a shot, you imaginary opponent gets +1 point. Whoever gets a lead of +5 first wins!


You can try from different spots and different distances in order to challenge yourself. You can also change the scoring rules to where you get +1 point if your shot is a swish, no points if you make the shot but it touches the rim, and +1 for your imaginary opponent when you miss.


Marlins Varsity Boys 2014-2015

8-10-12 Shooting –Improve Your Range

Almost more times than I can count, I’ve heard great shooters talk about how they started their daily practice close to the rim. If you want to get better at shooting from distance, you need to start in close.

Why? In order to be great shooter from long-range, you need to be consistent and have a “soft touch”. This is a product of good arch on your shot and a relaxed, fluid shooting motion. You also must be confident in your ability to make the shot. The 8-10-12 shooting drill helps to facilitate each one of these vital components.

8-10-12 The Drill

This drill starts 8 feet from the hoop on the side of the rim. This distance is about half that of a free throw. Your goal is to make three shots from this spot. While you are shooting you can focus on using good form and getting good arch on your shot.

After hitting three shots from this spot, take a large step back to 10 feet from the hoop. Hit three shots from here.

Finally, take another step back and hit three shots from 12 feet out.

Once you’ve made three shots from each of these distances, move over a couple of feet toward the lane and start the drill over again from a different spot. When you’ve worked your way through each of the three distances again, move into the middle of lane. The drill continues on like this until you’ve made it to the other side of the basket.


Starting from a distance that allows you to make more than you miss will allow you to build a motor pattern that is built on making shots. When you move back in distance in small pieces, you allow your body to use the same pattern with just a little more strength and power needing to be recruited. So you build one shot that has a very strong brain and body connection. The end goal is to have your shooting motion become a movement pattern that is stored in your brain that you don’t have to consciously think about during the game. All you have to think about is finding your target and knocking in the shot.

Progressions and Modifications

After you have consistent, good form, and you are making over 75% of your shots. You can add increasing distances. So instead of shooting from 8-10-12, you could shoot from 10-12-14 and so on. If you have plenty of time to work on the drill, you can challenge yourself to make more shots from each spot. The end goal, as a high school player, would be to be able to make around 75% of your shots in a drill from spots 16-18-20 out from the hoop.


2004 Holiday Classic with a “Young” Coach Gaston


Becoming a Defensive Stopper

Offense wins games, defense wins championships. This has been said countless times by countless coaches. Do you know why? Because it is true and has proven to be true over and over. You might have an off game as a team or individually on offense, but if you bring it on the defensive end you still have a chance to win as a team and make an impact as an individual. Take pride in your defense! Become a lock down defender! Below is a video from Point Guard College detailing some keys to becoming a good team defender. I have written down some of the main points so you have a reference with which to follow along.


Five Habits of Good Defenders:

1.Close Outs on the Ball–Hands up, under control, Stop the Drive

2. Jump to the Ball–Stop Basket Cut, Get into Help Side

3. See the Ball and Your Man–Stop the Drive, Head on a Swivel

4. Talk to the Ball

5. Threaten Penetration–Jab, Fake, at the drive to discourage the drive