I watched Sebastian Telfair play, as a high school junior, against one of the top AAU teams in the country. The first play of the game, the defender waited just above the foul line as ST made a jump shot from the top of the key.
The other team scored and ST brought the ball up as the defender now waited at the top of the key. ST sank a 3 a step before the defender could react. The other team called time out. Their coach chewed on the guy that had been assigned to guard ST and replaced him in the lineup.
After the time out, the other team scored and ST brought the ball up as a different, very animated defender waited above the top of the key. ST attacked the defender and dribbled to the right elbow where he pulled up for a nothing but net jump shot.
The other team scored and ST brought the ball up, attacked to the right again and threw a perfect pass to a teammate cutting to the basket for a score.
The score was tied at 8 when the other team called their 2nd time out 3 minutes into the game. There were dozens of college scouts watching and it was easy to see why.
What impressed me was ST’s mastery of the One and Done. The One and Done is having the range to take an open jump shot from anywhere or the ability to make one move or pass that leads to a score. It’s that quick rise and release that gives you an open shot. It’s the head fake that freezes a player so you can take an uncontested shot or it’s the ball fake and step that leads to an open layup. One and Done is becoming a lost art. Young players today feel they must dribble through the legs or behind the back several times before they make a move. It’s not that they are setting up the defender for the scoring move as much as they are letting the fans and fanatics know something is coming.
Want to be a better basketball player? Master One and Done from Inside, Midrange and Outside.
Learn to post back to the basket, catch, pivot and score. This includes the low post, high post and in the lane. Pivots include simple, back, drop step, with jump shot, jab step, power dribble, step back, side step, or sweep and cross. Learn the foot work for all of the moves going left and right and finish with your right or left hand as necessary.
Learn to Flash and Slash. Flash the foul line, flat or elbow and knock down the midrange jump shot or head fake/ball fake and finish on the glass. Learn to sweep and ball fake and attack from the 3pt line and pull up and take the midrange jump shot.
If you’re going to take 3s, it should be one step behind the line. Most defenders will give you up to the line before they contest your shot. You should be able to hit 70% consistently in practice before you can consider yourself a good outside shooter. It goes without saying, you should be keeping track of your practice and game shooting percentages. Seriously, you should always be working on your shooting seriously.
Sure, you can use your favorite move and shot and get 20 points, but sooner or later a good defender is going to make your life miserable, probably when that scout from the school you want to attend is watching. OR you can score using the One and Done moves above. You will score 20 points, the defender will never know what hit him and you’ll have scouts watching you master the game.
Hmm, did I mention other scoring opportunities: fast breaks, offensive rebounds, steals and free throws? Being a 30pt. scorer isn’t that hard if you work at it on every play in every game.