Tim Cluess; Iona College
Your transition offense isn’t about x’s and o’s, it’s about instilling a mindset in your players. More important than anything structurally you will do in terms of your fast break, you need to get your guys believing and understand the easy scoring opportunities available to them at the other end if they run. Coach Cluess builds his transition offense with a series of 1-on-1 drills that simulate the fast break opportunities a particular position will get during a game (a transition 1-on-1 drill in which players are running the “1 lane”, “2 lane”, etc.) Coach Cluess feels too many coaches restrict their players with too many set plays; teach your guys how to play and then give them freedom to make plays.
Jim Ferry; Long Island University
Have a variety of attacks that teams need to guard you. When you play LIU, you need to guard their transition, their secondary, their half court offense, their end of clock offense, and their second shot (offensive rebounding). A coach cannot control the ball going in, the only thing he can control is the quality of shots his team gets and the offensive board coverage when those shots go up. Coach Ferry showed off a bevy of man-to-man sets as well as some zone plays. Along with the sets, Coach Ferry touched on a couple of key zone concepts including his belief that “the best zone offense is 4 guys going to the glass.”
Mike Maker; Williams College
Maker proved why he is known as one of the most innovative offensive minds in the game by showcasing his hybrid Princeton/Beilein Offense. Predicated on the foundations of spacing, skill and intelligence, Maker’s offense is a dizzying array of back cuts, dribble handoffs, and 2-man games. Before getting into any x’s and o’s, Maker spent a good deal of time on fundamental drills focusing on footwork, passing and finishing around the rim. It’s conceivable that Maker coaches passing more in the first 20 minutes of practice than some coaches will for the entire season (“the reason why we’re a great shooting team is because we’re a great passing team.”) After laying out his intricate for the coaches in attendance, Maker left them with an important caveat: don’t be married to the system, it’s about the players!
Bob Hurley, Sr; St. Anthony’s
Shooting drills, ball-handling work, a footwork station. The Manhattanville players demonstrating did it all under Hurley’s tutelage! Hurley began his clinic by showing the Steve Nash Drill, an exhausting 20-minute shooting drill a player does on his own. From there it was onto ball handling where Hurley even got into the act himself to prove that the 26-time state champion can still do some 2 ball drills. Hurley believes there’s not enough 3-on-3 being played by today’s youth and offered a full court version that makes everyone a ball handler by forcing the player getting the defensive rebound to dribble it over half court. Hurley’s last tip was a good one regarding a player attacking to his weak hand. If a righty were to put the ball down to his left, it is important that his left hand brings the ball to his right rather than his right hand reaching across his body to pick it up.
Steve Pikiell Stony Brook University: Pikeill shared with the coaches his simple defensive mantra that allows him to measure the success of a defensive possession: “No middle, no layup, good defense.” Coach Pikeill feels that coaches at times get too complicated with their defensive system and believes that his simple mantra allows him to hold his players accountable without getting them thinking too much. Next, Pikeill challenged the coaches to look at their own favorite plays and see if they could come up with a way they could run it out of a different formation (to negate opponents’ scouting). Pikeill showed off he can run his favorite OB action out of a box set, a 1-4 flat set or a stack set. The 3 plays look different at the start, but are really the same action.
Thank you to Zak Boisvert for the hard work.