Watch live practices featuring offense, defense and drills that will keep your players engaged and competitive during practice
- See Coach Kruger's "flattening out" technique for help side defense that prevents back cuts during defensive stunts on the wing
- Learn a technique to defend against wing ball screens that will make the screen less effective
- Get a simple 2-3 zone offense that will create advantages for your team and get you open shots
with Lon Kruger, University of Oklahoma Head Coach;
2019 John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award;
2x NCAA Final Four (1994 - Florida, 2016 - Oklahoma);
2014 Big 12 Coach of the Year;
2008 MVC Coach of the Year;
2x SEC Coach of the Year;
over 600 victories; The first Division I coach to take five different schools (Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, Kansas State & UNLV) to the NCAA Tournament ;
former Atlanta Hawks (NBA) Head Coach;
as a player (Kansas State), was 2x Big Eight Player of the Year
In three of the first practices of Oklahoma's season, Lon Kruger looks to build his program (both offensively and defensively) from the ground up. Coach Kruger motivates and pushes his players through controlled practices that progresses from individual development, to breakdown drills, and finally to shell-based exercises that put the pieces together to make the whole.
This DVD contains positional skill development, man-to-man defensive principles, shell drill, man-to-man switching defense, man-to-man ball screen defense, 5-on-0 offense, transition defense, half court man-to-man sets and conditioning drills using the basketball.
Coach Kruger emphasizes communication in every drill the Sooners run and how it will be an integral component to the team's success or failure. He does an excellent job allowing his assistant coaches to be actively involved in drills and vocal in practice. Coach Kruger constantly communicates with his group, providing encouragement and corrective feedback. This is an excellent example of how to get players to work their hardest without yelling.
Defense is the main focus in day one of practice. Various shell drills focus on positioning, communication, being physical, covering cutters and help side. Transition defense focuses on forcing the opponent to dribble over half court. Trapping is shown, and players are taught the responsibilities for each level/line of Coach Kruger's defense. The coaching staff goes over how the Sooners will go about defending a wing or side ball screen and then go live, working on defending ball screens in a 4 vs. 4 scenario
Coach Kruger spends a good chunk of this practice session working on both transition offense and transition defense. You can get a feel from this practice that the Sooners want an up-tempo style of play. On offense, Oklahoma works on using the trailer for ball screens and ball reversal. They discuss patience for various actions to happen and work on getting open at the right time. Various options are covered for when certain actions are denied.
Coach Kruger and his staff pace the players through 11 drills that escalate from individual skill development, to skills in transition, and finally to offensive and defensive breakdown drills featuring specific elements of their schemes.
You'll see a lot of offensive breakdown work with 1-on-1, 2-on-2, 3-on-3, and 4-on-4 play. This encourages moving without the ball, screening and quality passing. This is helpful in the early part of the season to help develop chemistry among teammates and to break down some of your offensive actions. Players drill how to get open for ball reversals in their 27 or 29 actions. Coach Kruger also introduces the principles of his zone offense.
Defensively, Coach Kruger lays the foundation of their full court press by closing traps and recovering versus disadvantage situations in the 2-on-1 Full Contain and 3-on-3 Full drills.
This practice is similar in nature to the previous day, except with a shift in focus from mechanics to results. Coach Kruger continues refining his half court offense and defense while introducing his "43" full court man-to-man press.
The Sooners look to focus more on 5v5 play. The team works on their primary and secondary fast breaks in a 5-on-0 setting as a review. Eventually, they go up and down in a 5v5 f