Zac Clark
- Zac Clark is STACK Media's Custom Content Manager. Prior to joining STACK in September 2008, he served as an editorial assistant for USA Hockey Magazine...

Butler Bulldogs' Quick Release Shooting Drill

March 18, 2011

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The Butler Bulldogs have been known to shoot the lights out. But it was a last-second tip-in that propelled the number-eight seed Bulldogs to an opening round win over Old Dominion yesterday, 60-58.

Now, last year’s NCAA tourney runner-up has a date with the number-one seed Pitt Panthers on Saturday, March 19, at 7:10 p.m. The Bulldogs will need more than one hot hand from the field to stay alive in the tourney.

Helping Butler heat up beyond the three-point arc is the Timed Shooting Drill, designed to improve footwork and agility for creating open space on the floor. Matthew Graves, Butler's assistant coach, says, “A quick release is a total package—a player moving without the ball, creating separation, and getting his feet and hands ready to shoot.”

Timed Shooting Drill

• Place two cones 15 feet apart outside three-point arc
• Begin in center of two cones with partner standing under basket holding ball
• Start clock, then quickly sprint to right cone
• Receive pass from partner, take shot
• Immediately sprint to left cone as partner rebounds ball
• Receive pass from partner, take shot
• Sprint back to right cone; repeat pattern
• Take as many shots as possible in 30 seconds

Benefits: This simulates coming off a screen and creating separation between you and the defender. It also emphasizes getting feet set and squared up quickly, so you're ready to shoot the rock.
Coaching Points: Get off at least 10 shots // Focus on showing hands and creating same shot each rep
Reps/Rest: 4-6 with 30 seconds rest between each rep
Adaptation: Move the cones in or out to hit up different locations on the court, but always maintain 15 feet of separation between them.

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Zac Clark
- Zac Clark is STACK Media's Custom Content Manager. Prior to joining STACK in September 2008, he served as an editorial assistant for USA Hockey Magazine...

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