I am working on a list of D1 head college basketball coaches that started at the high school level. Of course by working I mean asking Hoop Coach members for assistance.
Here is what I have so far:
Kobe Bryant is renowned for his incredible work ethic and dedication to his craft. There have been plenty of stories about the extreme measures he goes through to be at the top his game including these 17 examples in Business Insider. While those 17 examples are certainly amazing and at least partially explain his dominance, this first hand account from a trainer that helped…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on December 17, 2013 at 11:14am — No Comments
Likely due to the rules changes and excessive whistles in college basketball this season there is statistical data of college coaches embracing the once taboo zone defense. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal there has already been a 6% increase in zone defense possessions this season in college basketball - up to 21.6% of possessions from 15.6% last season. My…Continue
Duke's Cameron Crazies and Michigan State's Izzone are well known across the college basketball landscape for their antics and defining home court advantage. I would have to argue that they have earned their infamy. Here are couple of smaller NAIA schools that might not have the notoriety of the large school cheering sections…Continue
This drill starts with a line of players at half court on one sideline. One player starts across from the line on the opposite sideline, another starts under the hoop, and another starts in the corner opposite the line. The player under the hoop cuts to the free throw line, and gets a pass from the first player in the…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on October 28, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
This is a fun competitive drill for players to work on fighting for a rebound. A player at the free throw line takes a shot, and the first players in each line compete for the rebound. The person who gets the rebound passes to the next person in their line, who in turn passes back to the shooter. Then the…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on October 26, 2013 at 2:48pm — No Comments
Hot Spot is a quick passing drill that your team can use as a warm up and/or to improve passing accuracy. Players are in groups of four and form a diamond. Each group has two balls and pass them around the diamond as shown in the animation.…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on October 24, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
Good fast-paced drill to work on long passes for transition layups.
1. Your players should make two lines: one on each baseline on opposite sides of the hoops.
2. The first player in each line takes the ball and goes all the way down the court to make a layup.
3. After making the layup, the player will get the ball and throw a long pass to the next player in line, who should be running down the court.
4. This player will catch the long pass, make the layup, and…Continue
Added by Hoop Coach on October 22, 2013 at 10:16am — No Comments
Here is an article I wrote several years ago on Selecting a High School Sports Team Captain. I have received a lot of positive feedback and decided to share it with others.
Added by Tony Miller on October 8, 2013 at 10:18pm — No Comments
After nearly a year of development, we are excited to announce the release of HoopMetrics, the most advanced basketball statistics software available.
The app expands on basic statistics by quantifying player strengths and weaknesses that are difficult to recognize. It identifies the players that don’t necessarily light up the stat sheet but when are on the floor, good things happen. How much did an individual player contribute to a win? It’s effortless to…Continue
Added by Coach Drew on September 29, 2013 at 10:54am — No Comments
Preface:This is the third and final entry is my "The 3 Types of Bigs" blog series. Once again these are written from a player development POV. Comments/Feedback welcome...
The 3 Types of Bigs—“The Stretch”
The final type of Big that I think is most prevalent in today’s basketball is one that is already a buzzword spoken by basketball analysts across the country. Commonly referred to as a “Stretch 4,” this type of big is becoming a staple on many teams at all…
Added by Scott Hamby on June 10, 2013 at 5:39pm — No Comments
Eye opening article in the Chronicle about the life of an assistant college basketball coach. The writer follows coach Elwyn McRoy as he chases down job leads and career moves all while trying to recruit the best players available for his head coach. The hours spent driving from event to event crossing multiple states is the craziest part to me. Is this indicative of most small college programs or is…Continue
Preface:This is the second entry is my "The 3 Types of Bigs" blog series. Once again these are written from a player development POV. Comments/Feedback welcome...
The next type of Big I would like to talk about is what I call “The Space Eater.” This is your individual who takes up space in the interior and gives muscle to your team. They’re usually good on the boards and good position defenders in the post. They can push people around and set good screens for shooters or play well in…Continue
Added by Scott Hamby on May 25, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Preface: This is my first blog on the first type of the 3 "Specialist Bigs", this is written from a player development POV so I'm sure others will have different takes on what I suggest...Open Discussion welcome
The 3 Types of Bigs: #1 ‘The Protector”
As I spoke of in my last entry, I believe that the “Bigs” of today have evolved into specialists. When I use the term ‘specialist”, the definition is that the player is extremely skilled in one particular area, so much so…
Added by Scott Hamby on May 20, 2013 at 8:44pm — No Comments
The De-Evolution of the Back-to-the-Basket Big
If you’ve watched, coached, played or refereed any basketball in the last decade, the basketball purist has seen a steady decline of back-to-the-basket big play like Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar, Moses, or yes, even the overly pugnacious Bill Walton (I can still only take his commentary in small doses). With the game moving at an even faster pace and the institutional popularity of the three-point shot, the inside post game has become less…Continue
I always liked Penny Hardaway. I'm not sure if it was because of his unique first name Anfernee, his role as Butch McRae in Blue Chips or maybe it was just the way he played the game. But after reading this article on CNN.com about…Continue
Added by Coach Drew on May 8, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments
If any AAU teams in the Northwest Puget Sound area in Washington State looking for a coach. Email me some info and I will send back my coaching resume. My email is email@example.com
Added by Matthew Smith on April 27, 2013 at 11:49am — No Comments
Interesting read in the USAToday from Daniel Uthman about the historically low levels of scoring and fouling in the NCAA this year. The article sites some stats from the NCAA's 2013 final trends report:
Scoring in Division I men's basketball is at its lowest point since 1951-52. Teams averaged 67.5 points per…
Another topic that I believe is a hot topic in player development is when or if you should change a player’s shot? There are some coaches out there who think that as long as it’s’ going in, don’t change anything. While that may be true, I think you have to take a hard look at the consistency of the shot and how often the player can repeat his or her current technique enough to have consistent success because as we all know, successful shooting is fleeting like a leaf in a strong wind, it…Continue