Tim Springer from Spartan Basketball

Screening, especially the “Pick & Roll”, is a highly utilized technique by professional players and teams. Today, Coach Tim Springer shares a set of drills he has used to help improve the scoring of George Hill (formerly playing for San Antonio, currently in contract for the Indiana Pacers) out of these special situations.

High Pick and Roll Shooting

High Pick and Roll Shooting

High Pick and Roll Shooting

Hill has increased his range greatly since joining the league. He will take a long three coming off the pick and roll if it is open.

Drill: Use the chair (#) to run a pick and roll into a 3 point shot. Make 20 going in each direction.


Flat Screening Scoring

Flat Screening Scoring

Flat Screening Scoring

Indiana runs alot of flat screens for Hill because of his speed. Hill will get to the elbow as fast as he can. If a defender is still with him he will make a hesitation move into his drive to the basket.

Drill: Use the chair (#) as a flat screen, get to elbow, hesiate into layup at the basket. Make 20 going to each side.

Down Screen to Jump Shot

Down Screen to Jump Shot (Fig.1)

Down Screen to Jump Shot (Fig.1)

Fig.1: Hill will make a move on the chair and kick the ball to the wing. He will then set a down screen.

Down Screen to Jump Shot (Fig.2)

Down Screen to Jump Shot (Fig.2)

Fig.2: Hill will then flash back to the top of the key for a catch and shoot jumpshot.

Drill: Make 20.

Pick and Pop to Hand-Off

Pick and Pop to Hand Off (Fig.1)

Pick and Pop to Hand-Off (Fig.1)

Fig.1: Hill will start the action with a pick and pop.

Pick and Pop to Hand Off (Fig.2)

Pick and Pop to Hand Off (Fig.2)

Fig.2: Hill will pass to the pop and come back to the ball for a hand off into a floater in the paint.

Drill: Go through the sequence and make 15 on each side.

Shoot Behind the Screen

Shoot Behind the Screen

Shoot Behind the Screen

Hill starts to go to the screen and crosses back behind it for a long 3 point shot.

Drill: Use the chair (#) for a screen and make the shot. Make 20.

Transition Pick and Roll

Transition Pick and Roll

Transition Pick and Roll

In transition, Hill will push the ball to the wing to set up a “drag” (pick and roll in transtition).

Drill: Start at half court and push the ball to the wing. Run off the chair (#) as a screen and shoot at the free throw line. Make 30 on both sides of the court.

You can download the above Drills as a PDF file here!

Tim Springer has worked with D1, international and WNBA players. In 2011, Tim was a coaching intern with the San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA) and was responsible for player development. Please make sure to drop-by his Website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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