Purpose: This basketball shooting drill for perimeter players also develops several other fundamental skills such as feeding the low post, moving after passing to the low post, communication, and shooting quickly upon receiving a return pass.
Drill: One line of players on the wing with a coach or manager in the low post. In our diagram, we demonstrate executing this drill on both sides of the floor. You can also use multiple baskets if available to keep the lines short.
The drill starts with the first player in line passing the ball into the low post. He should only make the pass if the coach is giving a target (hand up and calling for ball).
As soon as he makes the pass, he should imagine that his defender has doubled down on the post player. On the double down, the perimeter player should move to an open area and communicate the word “double” to his teammate. Make sure the players understand that they move so their defender doesn’t know right where he’s at and that he calls ‘double’ so the post player knows it’s coming and to know where his teammate is now located.
The post player (coach, in our diagram), will kick the ball out to the perimeter player who will immediately shoot. He should follow his shot and go to end of opposite line.
Also to teach in this drill is that the perimeter player should be in the ‘ready’ position as catches the basketball. His feet are ready and he is in a position to catch and shoot quickly, without rushing the shot attempt.
For added challenge, give the players a number of shots they must make in a period of time. You could also have the number of shooting groups compete against each other.