Brandon Knight averaged 18.3 points per game and shot 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from the three-point line during his freshman (and only) season at the University of Kentucky—leading the Wildcats to a surprising appearance in the Final Four. Needless to say, this electrifying point guard, picked eighth overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2011 NBA Draft, is an authority on shooting.
Young hoopsters working to improve their shooting would be wise to include Knight's Spot Shooting Drill in their practice routines.
"Spot shooting is basically just repetition on your shot," says Knight, who adds that it improves your ability to get a quick release, hold your follow-through and sink shots in pressure situations during games.
To make things interesting, Knight challenges himself by aiming for point totals. If he hits the shot, he gives himself one point; if he misses it, he subtracts two. He usually plays up to 10 before pushing himself to hit higher totals.
If you miss too many shots, you end up with minus 10 points and "lose" the game. But don't get frustrated. Regroup and try again until you're able to score 10 points. Then you can raise the bar and continue challenging your ability.
Spot Shooting With Brandon Knight
- Stay low and step into every shot
- Concentrate on every shot
- Hold follow-through position
- Give yourself one point for every shot made and subtract two for every miss
- Play to 10 points before setting higher goals
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