Friday, October 14, 2011

Basketball drills for beginners/high school level

+Joshua Hastings

To start with before you get to the point where your able to do the drill below first get to the point where you can dribble with both your right and left hand while going full speed. It's very important to be able to use both hands and not have noticeable tendencies that defenders can take advantage of. Once you can comfortably do that get 2 basketballs and dribble both at the same time, one in each hand in place. Then alternate left right, left, right standing in place. After you master that, do them at same time then alternating while walking first, then jogging then full speed. These may seem simple but at the high school level you will be an above average ball handler just by mastering these simple drills.

Offseason Offerings: Kendall Marshall

October, 11, 2011
OCT 11
With the offseason in full effect, ballers around the country have begun what is widely regarded as one of the most grueling grind modes of the year as they prepare for the up-and-coming season.

Every week we’ll profile an elite player and have them dish on one of their most unorthodox training methods and explain why it’s been so beneficial.

Next up?
Kendall Marshall
Associated Press/ESPNHSKendall Marshall said dribbling in the dark made him a better ball handler.

North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall.

The Drill: Dark dribbling

The Rundown: “Well, back home my laundry room had a concrete floor and so I would go in there and shut off all the lights and dribble. It was a small space and it was pitch black in there, but I would just stand there doing moves and working on my handles.

As a point guard you've got to see this game from all angles. You've got to see it mentally. So when you can see it without being able to see what's in front of you, you're on your way.”

The Benefit: “It really helps with your hand-eye coordination and getting comfortable with the ball. When you’re out there on the court you’ve got to be worried about pressure defense and traps and things like that so this drill gives you one less thing to worry about on the court.

This drill really jumpstarted my handles. It will definitely help out a lot if you’re trying to improve in that area.”

Jason Jordan is the basketball editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayESPN