Thursday, May 4, 2017

Elite Hoops Skills & Drills: In Paint Finishes

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Finishing in the paint is one of the most important skills a player can have in their game. Having the ability to score with contact takes lots of practice and concentration. There are 3 main things to remember when finishing in the paint:

1. Get your eyes up early to see the target
2. Shield the defender away with your body (shoulders to the baseline)
3. Have balance and body control 
In our video below we discuss different types of finishes in the paint. Be sure to master each move then add defense.

Happy Training 
-Coach Jazz aka "Ms. Get Buckets"

Elite Hoops Playset: 5 Dribble Boston

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Brad Stevens proved himself on the collegiate level at Butler and hasn't lost a beat since he has stepped in the league. His offensive sets contain many scoring options that are easy for anybody to finish when put in the positions that he puts them in. A solid skill set from the players is required to be able to play for Stevens. All guards need to be able to handle the ball and shoot while the bigs need to be able to pass and make reads. The play below is the perfect example of a Stevens set.

Play begins with a 1/3 dribble handoff. P3 then passes to P5 and receives a back screen from P4 looking for a layup. P4 down screens for P1. 5/1 dribble handoff while P4 pops to the 3pt line. P5 rolls to the rim and P3 spots up in the corner. 

A.J. Holland
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Elite Hoops Playset: SLOB Pacers Wheel

Posted by Aj Holland | Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Category: | 0 comments

If you are looking for a good sideline out of bounds play for a three towards the end of a game you are in the right place! This late game play run by the Pacers involved constant movement and gives the inbounder two options for open 3s late in the game. This setup can be used by players of all ages. 

Play begins with P3 taking the ball out and everybody else lined up at the free throw line. P2 curls over the top of the line to the strong side corner while P1 trails back to the center of the paint. P4 and P5 then set a staggered screen for P1 to the top of the key for an open 3 pointer.

A.J. Holland
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Elite Hoops Playset: Bulls False Motion

Posted by Aj Holland | Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | Category: | 0 comments

Playoffs are here!!! The Chicago Bulls may be the 8th seed but they have hit the Celtics where it hurts and took the first two games in the Garden. Part of this success has come from the big play from superstars D Wade and Jimmy Butler, which are some things that can't be taught, but a lot of the success comes from plays such as the one below. This play gives the post options to pass to either wing or hit the 4 man for a slip to the basket for an easy lay.

Play begins with P1 passing to P4 and running off of an immediate dribble handoff. P1 then hits P5 at the pinch post. P1 and P4 then set down screens for P3 and P2 giving the big the choice of who to pass too. 

A.J. Holland
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Elite Hoops Playset: Mavs

Posted by Aj Holland | Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Category: | 0 comments

The Dallas Mavericks have been in the news recently with Tony Romo getting recognized in their uniform and participating in walk through, but they have not been slacking on the playsets that they are putting in. This simple play is used at all levels of basketball and contains an odd action with the 4 man running off of a staggered screen. This forces guards to have to defend in a position that they are not used to being in. 

Play begins with a pick and pop between P1 and P4. The ball is then passed to P3 while P4 runs off of a staggered screen from P2 and P5 looking for a short corner jumpshot. 

A.J. Holland
Elite Hoops Basketball

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Elite Hoops Basketball Drill: Left Hand Layups

Posted by Jasmine Stovall | Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Category: | 0 comments

It's very important that players  have the basics when it comes to basketball skills. In this video below you will see the athletes practice two- different variations of a left had lay-up.

1. Over-hand lay-up

2. Scoop Lay-up

When you are able to do both at game speed, then add a defender when practicing. It's vital that athletes keep their basic basketball skills sharp.

Coach Jazz A.K.A "Ms. Get Buckets"
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Elite Hoops Playset: Villanova

Posted by Aj Holland | Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Category: | 0 comments

The defending champion Villanova Wildcats fell short of their desired finish but they did everything they could not to fall short. This motion offense is a 4 out that keeps the defense moving and spaces the floor to allow penetration. The end of the play finishes with a ballscreen that gives the ball handler  options on what play to make. This set is best when used with good ball handlers.

Play begins with P1 passing to P3 and cutting to the weak side corner while everybody else replaces. P3 then reverses the ball through P4 to P2 then P3 and P4 exchange. P5 then sets a ball screen giving P2 options for the layup, drop off to P5, or kickouts to P3 and P4 for a 3 point shot.

A.J. Holland
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Elite Hoops Playset: UNC Secondary

Posted by Aj Holland | Thursday, March 16, 2017 | Category: | 0 comments

Number 1 seed North Carolina has played great the entire year. This team likes to attempt to get easy points in transition by playing fast but what people do not realize is that it is very organized chaos. UNC recruits athletes that are able to fit right into their systems and teams struggle to defend actions in transition where they do a lot of their scoring. The play below contains one of the secondary breaks that focuses on getting the bigs involved.

Play begins with P1 reversing the ball to P3. P2 then sets a back screen looking for a lob for P4. If not there, P4 sets a back screen for P5 and the ball is reversed back across the court looking for a post touch for P5. If nothing is open then team is set up for motion.

A.J. Holland
Elite Hoops Basketball

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Elite Hoops Skills & Drill: Windshield, In and Out, Push Pull

Posted by Jasmine Stovall | Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | Category: | 0 comments

Everyone wants crazy handles, well to get those insane handles you have to spend time working on your craft. Below is a quick video that shows 3 drills that you can do everyday and takes less than 5 min. I'm sure you have 5 min. to improve your game. Remember: It's the little things that allow the big things to happen.

2-Ball Drills

1.  Windshield 

2. In and Out

3. Push-Pull

Elite Hoops Basketball
-Coach Jazz A.K.A "Ms. Get Buckets"

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Elite Hoops Playset: Texas

Posted by Aj Holland | Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Category: | 0 comments

Although it may seem like the UCONN girls are the only team in NCAA basketball right now, other schools are running solid sets offensively. The Texas women's basketball team displayed this play below which gives all of the guards opportunities to score or get an open shot. This set is simple and contain many staggered screens which is great for shooters.

Play begins with P1 feeding the high post and cutting to set a screen at the weak side block. P4 then passes to P2 while P3 cuts off of the screen set by P1. The post players immediately turn and set a staggered screen for P1 to curl back to the top. Next, the two post set another staggered trying to free up P3 for a shot on the wing.

A.J. "Young Popovich" Holland
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Elite Hoops Skills and Drills: Smitty

Posted by Jasmine Stovall | Thursday, February 9, 2017 | Category: | 0 comments

     Most players think you have to be super fast to blow by defenders, well that isn't exactly the case.  The key to blowing by the defense is knowing how and when to change your speeds. The move for this week is a perfect example of how it works.  Click the video below to watch THE SMITTY in action. You'll be blowing by defenders and breaking ankles in no time.

The player starts on the wing then drives to the basket before giving a slight pause and look away. The key to this move is the change of speed. It will catch even the best defenders off guard. Be sure to practice this move daily before trying it during a game. Happy training!

Coach Jazz a.k.a "Ms. Gets Buckets"
Elite Hoops Basketball

Elite Hoops Playset: Boston Tandem

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The Boston Celtics are doing as good as possible in the Eastern Conference this year and have filled their roster with many valuable pieces. The addition of Al Horford has worked out perfectly in the offense and allow them to run quick and effective sets such the one below. This quick hitter is a ball screen that frees up Isaiah Thomas while still allowing the wings to come off a ball screen to make plays. 

Play begins with a rub screen for P1 from the free throw line to the wing. P5 then sets a ball screen for P2 to attack the rim or look for the open roll man. Depending on where the defense helps from, P3  or P4 may be open for a spot up 3 point shot.

A.J. "Young Popovich" Holland
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Elite Hoops Playset: Box 1

Posted by Aj Holland | Thursday, February 2, 2017 | Category: | 0 comments

Out of bounds plays against zones are always a great time to attack with little pressure. Usually a zone does not contain much ball pressure and allows players to move freely with little to no contact to cut and set screens. The play below is a set used against a 2-3 zone that gives the inbounder multiple entry passes not only to get the ball inbounds, but to put the receiving player in position to score.

Play begins in a box set with P3 cutting to the opposite corner off of a screen by P5. At this same time, P1 is curling off of a screen set by P4 to the strong side corner to receive a pass for a spot up three pointer. P5 is also an option with the slip to the basket.

A.J. Holland
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Elite Hoops Playset: Boston/UCLA

Posted by Aj Holland | Monday, January 16, 2017 | Category: | 0 comments

In the second half against the Houston Rockets, the Celtics made the decision that they wanted to make the opposing 3 man have to defend a ball screen which is not done very often. Because this is an action that is not used often, players are not comfortable defending it and sometimes do not even know exactly how to defend this action. One challenge of this play is having a strong enough PG to be able to handle the pressure of a possible trap are strong defensive wing.

Play begins with P2 running off of a UCLA cut while P1 dribbles to the wing. P3 then immediately sets a ball screen on P1 looking for the roll pass from P5. If not open, P4 sets a down screen for P2 curling for a jumper.

A.J. "Young Popovich" Holland
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Elite Hoops Basketball Drill: Holland Special

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This is a ankle-breaking spin!  It's a move that takes lots of practice, but once you get it you will score at ease in the paint. I would recommend the athlete to practice each move separate. First the behind the back, then the spin. Be sure to click the video below to see the Holland Special in action.


The player is attacking the rim going behind the back, then right into a low and quick spin move toward the rim.

Coach Jazz a.k.a "Ms. Get Buckets"
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