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Cut, Catch & Finish With A 1-Dribble Pull-Up

As a complement to the previous drill, now add in a dribble so the shooter learns how to create more separation from a potential defender.

Why use this drill

  • Get players used to creating off the catch by having them take a dribble and shoot a pull-up jumper. It’s a musthave skill for any successful shooter.

Set up

  • Set up a triangle of cones with one at the left elbow, another at the right elbow but extended out, and a final one slightly shifted to the left near the top.
  • The shooter starts on the left block.

How to play

  • The shooter sprints to the left-elbow cone, makes an L-cut, reverse-pivots on the catch and sweeps to the baseline for a one-dribble pull-up jumper [1]. After shooting, the player walks the imaginary defender down, then sprints to the wing and receives a pass.
  • The shooter then takes one or two dribbles (you decide
    how many) and takes the pull-up jumper [2]. Now, the shooter simulates an "Iverson Cut" outside the right-side cone for a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer. Finish by walking the defender down and sprint through the middle. Catch the pass, make a shot fake and take a one-dribble pull-up.

Here’s a simple diagram for setting up this drill:

Cut, Catch & Finish With A 1-Dribble Pull-Up

How to perfect the technique for this play

  • Make your players change speed, direction and elevation throughout the drill so it’s not so monotonous.
Michael Austin

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