The Mikan Drill
Post players need to be aggressive and persistent, and the Mikan Drill is one the best basketball drills for building these qualities.
The average basketball team has a shooting percentage of less than 45%, so rebounding and putting the ball back up immediately is crucial for any team that wants to score. Post players need to be conditioned to tune out all distractions and focus on the job at hand - rebounding the ball and putting it back up to score.
The Mikan drill has been used by every coach at some time in their career to teach post players how to move under the hoop, how to continuously attack the hoop, stubbornly working to score. Its repetition develops agility, coordination and muscle memory, so your players become accustomed to going up for the basket, retrieving the ball, going up again. And of course, the more they do this, the better it will transfer to the game.
Instructions to Players
Here's what players need to focus on in this basketball drill:
- Players must be quick in moving from side to side - they may be slow to start, but once they get the hang of it, they should try to speed up the movement, while always maintaining control
- Players must always protect the ball - hold the ball in two hands, elbows out, until the very last moment before the ball is shot
- Bring the rebound down with both hands, even though it goes in the hoop
- Focus on footwork - 1 step, no travels - when the layup is on the left side, the right foot steps into the layup; when the layup is on the left side, the right foot steps in
- When taking the layup, players need to rotate their body into the shot, so that they finish facing the baseline
- When taking the layup, players need to really force the shooting-side knee high, as this will help them get more height on the jump - players should be trying to get as much height as possible on the layup
How this Basketball Drill Works
- The player sets up directly beneath the hoop, with a ball. He faces to the right.
- On the whistle, the player steps with his left foot, raising his right knee at the same time as he raises the ball in his right hand (the ball is still firmly held in both hands)
- The player executes a curling hook layup, using the backboard, and continues the rotating movement so that he lands facing the baseline
- Immediately upon landing, the player jumps to grab his rebound, turning in the air to land on both feet facing the left
- The player immediately steps with his right foot, raising his left knee at the same time as he raises the ball in his left hand (the ball held firmly still in both hands)
- The player executes a curling hook layup on the left, using the backboard and finishing facing the baseline
- Immediately upon landing, the player jumps to grab his rebound, turning in the air to land on both feet facing the right
And the drill continues in this manner for 30 seconds. The time used can be built up over the course of the season to one minute.
A classic basketball drill for post players, this is something you can teach in practice and then use on a regular basis, but it is also a drill they can do at home to help improve their performance underneath.
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