Instructional Videos From Top College and Pro Coaches
If you're going to learn how to play basketball, why not learn from the best minds in the game?
Thanks to Championship Productions, iHoops now has an inside look at how top college basketball programs are able to win every season.
Whatever the program, these videos break down different basketball drills, tips and plays that these elite coaches use to be consistent winners. They're now sharing their secrets with the world, so you too can understand how a great basketball team operates.
Since coach Mike Krzyzewski arrived in Durham, N.C. in 1980, the Duke Blue Devils have been one of college basketball's strongest programs. The Blue Devils won national championships in 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010, and has had six national players of the year.
In these videos, the Blue Devils break down guard-specific tips and drills that have helped Duke All-Americans like Bobby Hurley, Jay Williams and Johnny Dawkins reach unprecedented success in college basketball.
- 2-Ball Dribbling Drills: Learn simple drills Duke uses to develop ball-handling skills with guards.
- 3 Shooting Drills for Around the Rim: Watch how Duke works on up-close shooting with these three drills, including the famous Mikan Drill.
- The Baseline Penetration Drill for Guards: Use this drill to simulate a baseline drive-and-kick that leads to open 3-point looks.
- 4 Fast-Break Options for Point Guards: Point guards in transition have several options once they get to the top of the key. If you want your guards to keep the ball, have them use one of these four moves to get points.
- 2-on-1 Fastbreak Defense Tips for Point Guards: If your point guard is the lone line of defense in a 2-on-1 fast break, use these tips to maximize the chance at a stop.
- 2 Transition Defense Drills for Point Guards: Try these drills used by Duke to better prepare your point guards for transition defense situations.
- The Drive-and-Kick With Duke University: Watch how Duke gets open perimeter shots with these drive-and-kick drills for guards.
- Half-Court Shooting Options for Guards: Duke University's coaching staff breaks down different scoring options guards can create in a half-court setting off a simple high ball screen.
- How Duke Sets Up 3-Pointers in Transition: Point guards leading a fastbreak can find open 3-pointers if they move properly. Here's how Duke practices the scenario to create 3-point opportunities.
- 2 Transition Finishing Drills for Guards: Need an easy practice drill for your guards? Here are two variations of a transition scoring drill that Duke uses to develop strong fastbreak play.
Led by longtime coach Tom Izzo, Michigan State has win six Big Ten conference titles since Izzo arrived in 1995. The Spartans have been to six Final Fours since 1999, adding to the tradition started by Magic Johnson's championship team in 1979. Izzo led the Spartans to their second national title in 2000, led by Mateen Cleaves.
In these videos, Izzo breaks down different coaching philosophies that have helped his team achieve sustained success in college basketball over the last 15 years.
- Michigan State's 1-3-1 Special Offense: Watch as Izzo breaks down one of his trusted plays for the zone offense.
- How Izzo Beats the Best Zone Defenses: The Spartans were forced to get creative when facing Syracuse's tough 2-3 zone defense. Here's a breakdown of plays they used to gain an edge.
- The 1-3-1 Double Offense: Watch as Izzo breaks down a "1-3-1 double" zone offense play that will open up four solid options for a perimeter passer.
- Izzo's Unorthodox Attack on Zone Defense: Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo shows his "Fist Down" offensive play that he used extensively in victories over zone-heavy Syracuse and Florida.
- Beating Defenses With the 1-3-1 Special: Izzo explains how a 1-3-1 zone offense can stay one step ahead of a zone defense with this video breakdown.
- Jump Ball Strategies With Tom Izzo: Michigan State puts a lot of strategy into jump balls. Find out the Spartans' secrets to making the opening tip count.
- Inbound Plays for Close Games: If your team is up late and inbounding the ball, keeping the defense from fouling is crucial. Here is how Michigan State gets easy points against an aggressive defense.
- Why Izzo Practices 4-on-5: It seems unfair, but Izzo breaks down why an outnumbered defense in practice leads to a lockdown defense in games.
- Defensive Anticipation Tips With Tom Izzo: Pick up tips from Izzo on how to better anticipate on defense--which could lead to game-changing turnovers.
- 2 Defensive Drills by Tom Izzo: Check out these two defensive drills used by Michigan State coach Tom Izzo to keep even the most active offenses at bay.
- The Shell Drill for Better Team Defense: Watch as Izzo dissects the 4-on-4 shell drill for defense, and learn how to incoporate it into your basketball practices.
- Defending the Pick-and-Roll: The pick-and-roll is used often in the NBA because it's hard to defend. Tom Izzo explains how he stops the pick-and-roll from being easy points.
He is one of the best young coaches in basketball, and at age 34 he's already done the unthinkable. Coaching a mid-major in Butler University, Brad Stevens led his team to the national championship game in 2010 and followed it up with another Final Four appearance in 2011. Butler was a 5-seed in 2010 and an 8-seed in 2011, taking down several giants along the way.
In these videos, Stevens shows his secrets and strategies for making the most out of your team when it's not the biggest, strongest or most talented squad on the floor. From rebounding secrets for undersized team to a breakdown of what intangibles makes a great team, Stevens can show you how to go from underdog to elite--something he knows a lot about.
- Brad Stevens Breaks Down Qualities of a Great Team: Stevens goes down the list to point out what intangibles each of his great teams had.
- Defensive Rebounding Strategies for Undersized Teams: If you're team is undersized, get a rebounding edge using this creative approach.
- Offensive Sets for Undersized Teams: Turn your small team into an advantage. Here are offensive plays Butler uses to exploit big and slow defenses.
- How Butler Uses Screens to Create Shots : In this video, Stevens breaks out the X's and O's and gives example of screen-heavy plays that work.
- Butler's Jump-to-the-Ball Drill: When Butler coach Brad Stevens has an undersized team, he uses specific practice drills to make it an advantage. This defensive drill is great for both defensive understanding and conditioning.
One of the greatest college basketball coaches of all-time, Bob Knight has won 902 games in 43 seasons at Army, Indiana and Texas Tech. He won three national championships at Indiana (1976, 1981, 1987) including the famous 1976 season in which the Hoosiers went 32-0. Knight retired in the middle of the 2008 season and has since been analyzing college basketball for ESPN.
In these videos, Knight breaks down different practice drills that he used to build skills, stamina and toughness since he first became a head coach at Army during the 1965-66 season.
- 2-on-2 Shooting Drill: Make sure your players are shooting at game speed with this practice drill.
- 2-on-1 Rebounding Drill: Knight teaches his players to be tough rebounders with the help of this practice drill.
- Bob Knight's Favorite Dribbling Drills: See what drills Knight loves to incorporate in practices to work on ball handling.
- The 4-Corner Passing Drill: A warmup drill that fine-tunes passing and teamwork is one Knight uses often.
- Knight's 3-on-3 Block-Out Drill: This physical drill will stress blocking out on defense.
- The Semi-Circle Passing Drill: This drill gets everyone involved and works on passing, reaction and decision-making.
- Bob Knight's Fastbreak Strategy: Knight discusses what he wants his teams to do when moving the ball up the floor in a fast break.
- The Zig-Zag Drill: This simple warmup drill is one of Knight's favorites. Here's why.
- Bob Knight's 2-Ball Shooting Drill: This simple drill is great for perimeter players to develop their shot even when tired.
- Why Bob Knight Scrimmages 4-on-4: Knight prefers 4-on-4 scrimmaging over anything else. Here's why.
- The Dribble Circle Drill: This simple drill works on ball handling, stamina and toughness.
- Bob Knight's Strategy for Attacking Defenses: Knight discusses how he feels his offense should attack a zone defense and a man-to-man defense.
- Bob Knight's Shooting Drills for Post Players: This simple drill works on shooting and conditioning with your post players.
- The 11-Man Fastbreak Drill: Here's a great transition basketball drill that gets your whole roster involved.
- Feeding the Post With Bob Knight: Here are different ways that Knight emphasizes pounding the ball inside at practice.
- Why Knight Plays Keep-Away at Practice: Find out why this simple children's game is a staple of Knight's practices.
Hubie Brown was inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in 2005, near the end of his remarkable 30-year professional coaching career. Brown was named the NBA's coach of the year in 1978 and 2004. He most recently was coach of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2004 before moving back to the broadcast booth.
In these videos, Brown shows different offensive tips and drills that he used over the last three decades. Superstars like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson and Patrick Ewing have worked under Brown's tutelage. Here are some of the tips that have worked for the coaching legend:
- Tips for the Catch-and-Shoot: A quick catch-and-shoot can lead to open looks and lots of points. Here are Brown's main tips for players to keep in mind.
- How to Shoot on the Move: A quick shot in movement is all about how you catch the ball. Watch as Brown gives tips on how to properly take a pass on the run and release a lightning-quick shot.