Donald Green all by Donald Green
It's great to have a basketball player who knows how to shoot. But shooting skills won't help much during team play if an athlete can't catch the ball. Donald Green, Assistant Basketball Coach at Auburn University, begins this series with the fundamentals of catching the basketball. Starting with the correct catching stance, athletes learn how to step into the basketball to maximize momentum for the action that follows. What follows in this series is the Shot Fake. Coach Green demonstrates the Shot Fake technique and the moves needed to get past the defender and into attack position. The Shot Fake may have the defender off balance, but your team will be right on target with these moves.
Coach Green begins with the fundamentals of catching the basketball. Beginning with the correct catching stance, players learn how to step into the basketball while maintaining momentum for the shot. Once players catch the ball, it's time to learn the Shot Fake. The arms go out and the ball goes up while the body stays down. Smooth moves.
What's the value of the Shot Fake? Keeping the defender off balance. But it's not enough to fake the shot. You have to get by the defender - and fast. Sweeping the ball and positioning the body to attack the basket help ensure the shot.