Recently, I watched an athletic High School girl grab a bunch of rebounds and not score during a game. She played most of the game but only took 3-4 shots. We wound up in the same elevator after the game. I said, “You don’t shoot enough”. She said, “They never pass me the ball”. That was true, but it was also true she never made herself available. She always set up on the weak side. The shots she took didn’t have a chance of going in. She allowed the defender to stand between her and the ball. She was generally “out of position” and not a factor in the game. How do you make her a better scorer?
Run the Floor: You need to get in rebounding and shooting positions before the ball is available. Hustle to where you think the ball is going to be.
Offensive Rebounds are your friend. Get lots of them if you can and score immediately. You are 3-10 feet from the basket.
Defensive Rebounds should be rewarded. Run the floor. Get into position. Look to get the ball back.
Positioning: Use footwork to get where you want to be. Flash to open positions rather than fight for them. Create clear passing lanes in front of or to the side of the ball handler about 10 feet away. Make eye contact with the ball handler. Give him/her a passing target.
Face the Basket: Once you get the ball, immediately face and square to the basket prepared to shoot. This is the Triple Threat position.
SHOOT: Don’t hesitate.
Blast: Go right past your defender. Get your head and shoulders past him/her and “pin” them by stepping just outside of his/her foot.
Sweep: Firmly hold the ball on one side of your body and strongly bring it to the other side. Complete the move by shooting or stepping into a jump shot or drive.
Fake: Head Fake, Ball Fake, Jab Step – these moves will freeze the defender or cause him/her to move or lean in the wrong direction giving you the opportunity to take a shot.
Step back: To create a little space so you can get a shot off.
Pass: Why? You have worked hard to get in position. Passing is the most dangerous part of a play. The pass itself doesn’t get you a score and the ball can be tipped away or stolen.
Be Part of Every Play: Work hard on every play. Don’t be the last person up the court. The shot will be taken before you ever get there.
Make Your Shots: Nothing is more frustrating than someone missing an easy shot. If that’s you consistently, you won’t get the ball. Become a good shooter. Your teammates will have greater confidence in passing you the ball!
Fight Frustration: You will feel the ball handler should have passed you the ball more often. If you do the things above, you will.