The Tom Crean Cut Series is a drill that that comes to us via his “Individual Improvement Drills” video. The drill is shown below in diagrams along with a video clip below the diagrams.
Purpose: To work on the skill of getting open to receive a pass but then having the ability to make a scoring move once pass is received.
Drill: One offensive and one defensive player on the wing. A passer (coach, manager) at the top of the key area. The defensive player can also be a coach or manager.
O1 walks the defender down about 2 steps and then cuts hard to wing area for the pass.
In the first of 2 moves in the cut series, O1 receives the pass, sweeps the basketball through, and drives right. Objective is to get all the way to the basket and score.
Same as first diagram above, O1 takes his defender down about 2 steps, cuts out to receive pass.
In this 2nd move, instead of sweeping and going right, O1 will catch and immediately go left to the basket.
Perform for number of times per player and then execute drill from the top, from the left wing area, and if you desire, from both corners as well.
- Cuts should be done well and at game speed. Don’t let them get by with making bad cuts into bad moves.
- Help players understand when to sweep and when to cut and go immediately. (sweep when defender is leaning to the inside, cut and go when defender is slightly trailing).
- When players seemingly have understanding and footwork, allow them to make either move.
- Add a defender in the lane to help guard against the score and to make more ‘game-like’.