Every week here on the Locker Room, we will present a new basketball drill that can be used to teach multiple skills and improve your game, all while adding some fresh spice to your repertoire.
This week’s drill is called the “4 Cone Shooting Drill”. The 4 Cone Shooting Drill emphasizes the proper footwork used to shoot off of screens, shooting on the move and conditioning with high intensity, game realistic execution.
The 4 Cone Shooting Drill can be done using two players or one player and one coach. Start by placing 4 cones or chairs in the places shown below in the image/video. Player 1 starts right under the basket. Player 1 jabs and sells going one way, reverses direction and then run around the cone positioned right above the low block. Here Player 1 simulates come off of a downscreen and performs a tight curl. Player 2 or coach is up top with a ball, and passes the ball to Player 2, who finishes with a short jumpshot in the paint. After each shot, Player 1 starts with head under the rim. After curling around the first cone, Player 1 will curl off of the opposite cone above the low block then both cones positioned at the elbows. After curling all four cones for catch and shoot jumpshots, Player 1 runs to touch half court and then back to the top of the key for a catch and shoot 3PT shot. Keep your makes and misses and give yourself a goal of 3 out of 5 or 4 out of 5 shots made or else you perform some kind punishment.
Points of Emphasis:
- Pivot on your inside foot when curling and catching the ball. This will allow your square up to the basket and have a quicker release.
- Show your target hands when coming around the cones to the passer. This will act as a guide for the passer to give you the ball in the position you want it.
- Use big, long steps to cover ground. Short, choppy steps do not create separation.
- Change your speeds. Start slow then come off fast. Go fast then stop then fast again. This will help create separation from the defender giving you the space to make the shot.
- Instead of curling off every cone, use a fade cut.
- Add a shot fake, one dribble after each cut around the cones.
- Drive for a layup after each cut off the cones.
Here is a video of the drill being performed at the NBA Pre-Draft Combine.
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