Duke associate head coach Chris Collins directs the team during practice for a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Indianapolis. Duke plays Michigan State on Friday. On Tuesday, March 27, Collins was hired as the new head coach at Northwestern. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Duke associate head coach Chris Collins (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

While attending a coaches clinic a few years ago, Duke Blue Devils’ associate head coach Chris Collins (current Northwestern head coach) conducted a workout for the team’s guards. Here are the notes:

1. Full Court Dribbling

  • Down right-handed, back left-handed
  • Hesitation at each line (FT line, halfcourt line, FT line)
  • Change direction at each line (FT line, halfcourt line, FT line)
  • Step back at each line, plus in-and-out dribble

2. Two-Ball, Two-Man Passing

2 Ball 2 Man

  • Passes: bounce pass, chest pass
  • Call out names to work on communication

3. Zig-Zag Series

  • 1 v 1 full court – defense tries to turn the ballhandler as many times as possible
  • 1 v 1 to half court, then go live with offense trying to score
  • 1 v 1 full court – on the coach’s whistle, the offense picks up the ball, defense attacks

4. Catch and Face

Catch and Face

  • The drill begins with the ball at the top. The two wing players work to get open.
  • After the pass, the coach holds up a number with his fingers. The player with the ball calls out the number, while the other two players interchange.

5. Catch and Finish

Catch and Finish

  • Coach has the pad to force strong finishes by the driver
  • Player drives: baseline, middle, shallow cut
  • Practice from both sides

6. Transition Shooting

Transition Shooting

  • Shot series
    – Catch and shoot
    – Pump fake, then shot off the dribble
    – Catch and drive
    – Practice from both sides

7. Six Point Defensive Contesting

  • Simulate positions, movements, and footwork made by defenders during the course of a game
  • 6 Spots of Contesting:
    – Denial
    – Fake trap on a penetrator
    – Post defense
    – Helpside
    – Closeout
    – Denial of a flash cut

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