Basketball Systems, Skills & Drills

Drop series
A drop is the act of splitting your feet and dropping into an explosive driving position, with the dribble (outside) foot forward.
1) Split catch - attack a close-out
2) Drop moves - start a dribble attack
3) Hip swivel move - attacking on the dribble
4) Protection dribble - crab, retreat
5) Ballscreens

See YouTube playlists - Drop (split catch), Drop (off the dribble), Inverted drop, Drop pivot, Hip swivel, Pocket dribble, Ballscreen reads.

1) Split catch

Catch with split feet to attack a close-out, the pushing foot is back, attack with a back-foot cross-step drive.


- attack the opposite way, cross-step with the front foot
- from a split stance, step up or step back, shoot
- split catch to stop-separation move
- use ball fakes (shake, sweep) in a drop stance
- lift from a corner, catch with split feet to attack with the outside hand.

Doc Scheppler - Why the hop is the secret (YouTube) - attack the closeout, if the defender is running out, react with your feet, split and sprint, catch and land with split feet, the pushing foot is back, crossover drive.

Coach Nick - Split and go (YouTube) - triple threat is dead, you want to attack on the catch, catch to shoot (use the hop) or split to go.

Thomas Soltau - The drop  (YouTube) - land in a wide stance, pull the ball towards your back leg into a protected position. On a closeout towards the ball, rip under (if smaller) or swing over (if taller) and attack the opposite way; on a closeout not towards the ball, take that side and attack. Shoot if there is a slow or no closeout.

See Shooting - Beat the closeout, Thrive3 footwork (Stride-stop pull-up), Angled pull-up, Multi-stop separation.up

2) Drop moves

Open stance (triple threat, or pound dribble), pound dribble to the hip pocket and split the feet to land in a wide drop position, ballside foot forward, attack with a cross-step drive into a pull-up, step-back etc. Other options:

- speed stop, speed-stop exchange, punch drag, inverted drag (see
Multi-stop separation)
- push crossover
- between the legs - split thru, step thru
- shoot (step up, freeze footwork)
- drag pullback.
Set-up options into a drop include
- lateral bound.

Progression - closed stance - cross-step to a closed stance (protect the ball), pocket dribble and hip swivel to a drop position.
See YouTube videos - Hip swivel moves, Bradley Beal hip swivel, 4 cross-step moves, Attack moves off the catch.

Drop variations

- inverted drop to a push crossover (ballside foot is back)
- drop pivot (no space to step forward, drop the inside foot, attack)
- inverted drop pivot thru (drop the ballside foot, go between the legs).up

3) Hip switch move

Moves that can be used to land in a blow-by (drop) position include a scissor between-the-legs, and a skip hesitation.

A hip swivel can be used when the inside foot is ahead (a closed stance). Attack the basket using a rhythm dribble, when the ball and inside foot hit at the same time, hip switch to a drop position, attack with a one-dribble pull-up.

Progression - hip switch, push crossover counter.

Option - start the attack dribble from a split stance, using a drop, inverted drop, drop pivot, or inverted drop pivot.

See YouTube videos - 5-minute shooting workout, John Wall scissor step, 3 killer freeze moves, Carmelo Anthony hip rotation.

4) Protection dribble

a) Crab dribble

From a closed-stance crab dribble, hip swivel, attack.

b) Retreat dribble

Retreat dribble, hip swivel, attack.

Counter - hip swivel, crossover.

See YouTube videos - Hip swivel moves, 4 moves to protect the ball, also Bounce out.

5) Ballscreens

From a closed stance under defensive pressure, hip swivel and attack using a ballscreen.

Progression - hip swivel, crossover to reject the screen.

See YouTube videos - Hip rotation ballscreens, How to reject ballscreens, also Cross-step (slow cross-step to closed stance, go), Spin seal (cross-step, spin seal reverse dribble), and Closed-stance playlist

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