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Point Guard Ball Screen Drills

October 6, 2012 | Kyle Ohman

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In most offenses, the point guard uses multiple ball screens during a game. The defense guards them in different ways, depending on the location of the screen and the type of players involved in the action. For a point guard, the best way to prepare for these defenses is to practice against all of them.

The following point guard ball screen workout covers nine ways your team can score in a ball screen situation.

You will be more comfortable with some of these moves than with others. So, focus on the ones you like. If you are a younger player, stick to basic moves and gradually progress to more advanced ball screen moves.

Turn the Corner

This basic read is used when the big man is unable to get all the way out and show, or is late showing on the ball screen.

Pull-Up Jump Shot

In this action the big man remains down in the paint and doesn't get up on the screen at all. This allows you to pull up for an elbow jumper.


This move happens when the defense tries to trap you off the ball screen and the big man jumps out too quickly.


A lot of times, over-aggressive or poor defenders will try to jump the ball screen. This is the perfect time to refuse it for a shot or a finish at the basket.

Defender Goes Under Shot

If the defender goes under the screen by accident and you are a good shooter, make him pay by knocking down the open shot.

Defender Goes Under Re-Screen

If you are not your team's best shooter or are not shooting well, the defense may purposely choose to go under the screen. This is a great time to use the re-screen move so that you end up with a 15-foot shot instead of a three-pointer.

Retreat Dribble Attack

Another way to handle a trap is to retreat-dribble four or five feet, then attack the big man's outside foot.

Flat Switch

If the big man switches on to you and sits at the top of the key, this is the move to use. Tony Parker is great with this move and he uses it all the time.

Switch Mismatch

Sometimes the big man switches on you at the end of a clock or in an emergency situation and tries to guard you up tight. This is when you use this move.

Check out even more point guard drills on STACK.com.

Kyle Ohman
- Kyle Ohman was a 1,000-point scorer at Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.). In his senior year, he was ranked as the 19th best shooter in the...
Kyle Ohman
- Kyle Ohman was a 1,000-point scorer at Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.). In his senior year, he was ranked as the 19th best shooter in the...
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