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Guard workout


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Augie Johnston

A solo guard workout with dribbling, finishing and shooting (live dribble and off a catch). Also see Secret Weapon Workouts #1 and #2 (pdfs).
 
6) Toss-out shooting

(Other workout options - passing, form shooting, free throws, pick and roll work, see Passing - Ganon Baker solo one ball e.g. handle passing, Shooting - Nash block, Billy Donovan solo, Hanlen ballscreens)

1) Stationary ballhandling (one ball)

a) 200 chore drill

- right-hand, pound dribble and inside-out, 25 times (50 dribbles)
- repeat with the left hand
- pound, between the legs, 50 dribbles
- pound, behind the back, 50 dribbles
- pound, crossover, 50 dribbles.

b) Hangman drill

Make a double move, then hesitate and stand up (hang dribble, feet shoulder width apart). Go 15 times for each double move, change hands and repeat

- between the legs, back under
- between, crossover
- between, between
- between, behind.
 
Variations
 
c) Power crossovers - 50 dribbles for each, continuous
 
- front v-dribble (each hand)
- side v-dribble (each hand)
- crossovers
- between and under (both sides)
- behind the back.
 
d) Finesse crossovers - continuous
 
- double-tap crossovers
- between cross
- behind cross
- inside-out cross.

(Progressions)

- other stationary dribbling
- fullcourt dribbling (up and back).

See these videos - Cone dribbling, Lateral movement crossovers, Crafty ballhandling, Ball on a string, Repeat crossovers, 2-ball crushers.

Also see Dribbling series, Dribbling - Hanlen stationary, Mike Procopio ballhandling.up

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2) Point-guard finishing

From the top, make 3 of each going right and left (18 total makes).

- Switch-hand runners - attack with the left hand, switch hands (crossover left to right), jab left, keep going, finish with a runner (a floater off one foot).

- Switch-hand crossover floaters - attack, switch hands, jab opposite, crossover (or between the legs - KP), finish with a floater off two feet, use a stride stop.

- Blow-by Euro-step floaters - attack with the left hand, jab right, keep going, finish with a Euro-step floater (off one foot).

Progressions

- left-hand attack, jab right, jab left and crossover (dribble-jab cross)
- stutter (three steps), blow by
- hesi (skip, load up), blow by
- Iverson crossover (hesi cross).
 
(Other variations)
 
- different attacking moves, e.g. inside-out crossover, scissor series
- different finishes, e.g. spin pullback, pro hop, power layup, reverse layup
- attack from the wings.

See Dribbling series, Dribbling - KP series, Kevin O'Neill moves, Layups - Primary-secondary moves.up

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3) Shot creator

Use 4 cones on each side, dribble into a hesitation-series pull-up. For each dribble series, take one of each shot, repeat on the other side (18 total shots).

Dribble series

- one dribble, between the legs
- one dribble, behind the back
- one dribble, inside-out (outside the cones).

Shot progression

- hesitation - dribbling with the right hand, skip on the left foot then R-L into a pull-up shot (a freeze pull-up with outside-inside stop)
- hesitation crossover
- hesitation inside-out.

(Progressions)

- tight zig-zag cones (one dribble between each move)
- loose zig-zag cones (two dribbles between)
- triple moves
- other freeze pull-ups (e.g., stutter) and hesitation moves (e.g. scissor hesi, a gallop step).

See Dribbling - Dribble and shoot, Calipari warm-up, Tauer halfcourt, KP series, Speed course, Fullcourt zig-zag, Shooting - Altizer challenge (size-up 3s).up

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4) Quick first-step pull-ups

Spin a pass from the wing, run into a quick jump stop then immediately into a one-dribble pull-up using 1-2 crossover footwork.

Alternate going left-right, take 10 from each wing and from the top (30 shots).
 
Variation - permanent (left) pivot foot, a three-step move going right (R-L-R), two-step crossover going left (R-L), or a three-step crossover (R-L-R) to create space.

(Other variations)

- hop instead of a 1-2 into the shot
- use toss-outs, hop pivot to square up (see Toss-out shooting below), or catch and go on the move (see Group workout).

(Progressions)

- two dribbles
- stepbacks, drag stepbacks, scissor stepbacks
- triple threat counters (jab step, shot fake)
- start from triple threat, with no spin pass.
 
Wing-sweeper drill - toss-out to a wing, inside foot front pivot, alternate baseline (crossover) and middle pull-ups, stepbacks (one-dribble or two-dribble), make 10 from each wing and the top.

See Shooting - Nash game shots, Mike Procopio triple threat, 5star jab series, Australian.up


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5) Crossover pull-ups

Attack from a wing, make a change-of-direction move into a pull-up jump shot, the progression is

- crossover move - immediately into a shot, no extra dribble needed
- between the legs - then take an extra dribble
- behind the back - extra dribble.

Make the same move dribbling back out for the next shot.

Make one shot going right and left for each move, repeat from the top and other wing.
 
Progression - do a move, take another dribble, spin into a shot (most of the time spin moves are used as a counter).

(Other progressions - primary-secondary moves, double or triple moves)
 
Rocky Ullah - Iverson crossover into pull-ups then stepbacks (counter).

See Shooting - Billy Donovan solo, Hubie Brown off the dribble, Billy Donavan workouts, 5star shots off the dribble, Altizer challenge (attack pull-ups).up

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6) Toss-out shooting

Spin self passes from under the basket, pivot open to the floor (to the middle, jump stop or 1-2), take 10 shots from each spot, the spots are

- baseline to baseline (corner to corner, one spot)
- wing to wing
- elbow to elbow
- at the top, alternating left-right pivots.

Take mid-range or 3-point shots (40 shots), or both (80 shots).
 
Beginners can run out, get squared up, then toss the ball (see Quick first-step pull-ups).
 
Variations
 
- shoot for makes at each spot, 5 for mid-range, 4 for 3-point shots
- catch and go middle, one-dribble pull-up (1-2 and jump stop)
- jab step (always middle), shoot
- jump stop facing away, shoulder fake middle, front pivot and shoot baseline
- or outside-foot reverse pivot (sweep), shoot.
 
Dennis Stanton - shooting workout (YouTube) - 5 spots (corner, corner, wing, wing, and top, from both sides), spin passes from under the basket, use a 1-2 stop with inside pivot foot, make two in a row from each spot (or 3 in a row, or make 7 to 10), take 10 free throws between each set,
- mid-range shots (15-foot)
- mid-range pull-ups (jab-crossover baseline, 1-2 footwork)
- shot-fake pull-ups (crossover)
- 3-point shots.
 
(Variation - use a hop or catch and go to crossover-step baseline and middle)
 
Kevin Bellamy - toss-out baseline shooting, alternate sides, pivot middle, +1 for a make, -2 for a miss, play to +10 or -10.

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