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3-Point Drills Enhance Shooting, Improve Conditioning

By Mike Ingram, Head Men's Coach, Lansing Community College, Lansing, Mich.

INSTEAD OF SPENDING time having players standing around and shooting three-pointers without any purpose, try using the 3-Point Drill that incorporates shooting with conditioning and provides players with a fantastic workout while improving their long-range accuracy.

This is a great series of drills designed to be run in a group or individual setting. If the individual wants to run through these drills, it’s best if he or she has a rebounder available to make things run more smoothly.
Our squad consistently has been in the Top 10 nationally for three-point shooting on a yearly basis and this group of drills is a big reason why.

3-Point Drills

 

DIAGRAM 1: 3-Point Drill (Wing Shooting Off Dribble). A player with a ball is positioned in each corner. 1 dribbles with the right hand to mid-court, then executes a crossover dribble and finishes dribbling at the three-point line. 1 shoots the long-range shot. 2 goes through the same motions only with the opposite hand.

Players must make 10 shots before moving to the next phase of the drill.

 

3-Point Drills

 

DIAGRAM 2: 3-Point Drill (Middle Shooting Off Dribble). Set a chair at half-court. 1 starts on the baseline even with the side of the free-throw lane. 1 dribbles with the right hand around the chair to the three-point area at the top of the key and shoots. 2 does the same on the other side but with the left hand. Players must make 10 shots.

 

 

3-Point Drills

 

DIAGRAM 3: 3-Point Drill (Wing Catch And Shoot). 1 starts in the corner and sprints full speed to half-court (without dribbling). When 1 arrives at mid-court, 1 turns and flips the ball so that it bounces once before 1 catches and shoots a three-point shot from the wing. 2 completes the same movements from the other side of the court. Players must make 10 shots, then make 10 from the other side.

 

3-Point Drills

 

DIAGRAM 4: 3-Point Drill (Middle Catch And Shoot). 1 starts on the baseline even with the free-throw lane line. 1 sprints full speed to half-court, turns and flips the ball so that it bounces once before 1 catches and shoots the three-point shot. 2 completes the same action from the other side of the court.

 

 

3-Point DrillsDIAGRAM 5: 3-Point Drill (Corner Conditioning). For this drill, use the wall or bleachers to the side of the court. If the wall or bleachers are too far from the court, set a cone 4 or 5 feet outside of the regular court. 1 starts at mid-court, sprints around the cone on the left, flips the ball to the corner, catches it off the bounce and shoots the three-pointer. 2 completes the same movement on the right side of the court. Have players make 10 on each side of the floor.

 

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