PGC Fast Break: Ball Screen Reads

This install­ment teach­es mul­ti­ple ways to attack ball screen defense.

PGC Fast Break: Ball Screen Reads

This install­ment teach­es mul­ti­ple ways to attack ball screen defense.

Ball screens are all over bas­ket­ball today. As often as your team uses them, it’s also work­ing against them. The fifth install­ment in our series with PGC Basketball teach­es mul­ti­ple ways to attack the ball screen defense, with a drill so quick and easy, you’ll have it imple­ment­ed in no time.

It’s cru­cial for play­ers to make good reads against var­i­ous ball screen defens­es, but too often, teams run these screens with­out train­ing the ball han­dler to make bet­ter reads. That’s where our lat­est exer­cise comes in.

Ball Screen Reads

There are two things to focus on with every rep of this drill:

  • Head up, for good vision of the floor
  • Changing speeds accord­ing to how the defense plays

If the ball han­dler reads the defense but can’t see his or her team­mates, they could end up miss­ing big oppor­tu­ni­ties. Changing pace is cru­cial, too – some­times you attack the defense, oth­er times the defense should be allowed to make a mis­take of its own.

Ideally, you’ll start this work­out with cones or chairs in place of an actu­al defense. As you progress, you can use one defend­er, fol­lowed by a sim­ple 2-on-2 game.

Like what you see? Don’t miss out on our oth­er install­ments — The GauntletOne-Minute FinishOutlet and Finish, and Communication Defense.

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