Learn key drills, strategies and techniques that Shaka Smart uses in practice to gain a competitive advantage on game day
- Learn how to shut down your opponent with drills that develop your defense and create competition between your players
- Learn Coach Smart's "Diamond" press, a staple of his pressure defense
- Learn an offense that spaces the floor and attacks with dribble penetration, as well as five different movements that take away predictability
with Shaka Smart, University of Texas Head Coach;
2016 USA Basketball U18 National Team Head Coach;
former Virginia Commonwealth University Head Coach;
2011 Clarence Gaines National Coach of the Year. 2011 Final Four appearance. Four 27-win seasons (2009-2013).
Shaka Smart's teams are built around a mentality of toughness and hustle. In this All Access video, you will see how he instills this winning mentality in his players. Coach Smart displays his trademark enthusiastic flair as he pushes and motivates players through the installation of the famed "Havoc" attacking defensive and offensive systems. With footage from four practices, workouts and weights, you will get more than a glimpse at how Coach Smart builds a terrific program.
The first disc of this all access series features the second practice of the 2013-14 season, which gives you a unique opportunity to see how Coach Smart familiarizes new players with his system. This session begins with a video breakdown of the "Double Fist" man-to-man full-court pressure defense. You'll learn numerous ways to trap in transition, all pointed out and explained by Coach Smart himself.
In the practice, Coach Smart walks through several new concepts including a new play in their secondary break and how to defend outnumbered situations. Defense is a major area of emphasis in this practice, with an extended series of drills that work on help-and-recover versus baseline penetration as well as defending 5-on-4 and 4-on-3 situations. Coach Smart talks about the "fix it" concept, a strategy used when the ball is passed out of the trap and the defense is at a disadvantage.
Offensively, you'll see a concept called "Flow Work." This up-tempo attack comes right out of transition, and is one of the staples of Coach Smart's program.
In this practice, you'll see how to split up your team to provide more direct individual attention to a smaller group of players during the critical installation phase of offensive and defensive concepts.
Coach Smart teaches his team how to load to the ball in transition to contain the opposing point guard. You will also learn how he spaces the floor in the press offense to always have three available outlets.
Later on, Coach Smart continues to build the Rose offense with two-man breakdown drills, 5-on-0 execution, and flowing from the package of set plays into the offense.
Defensively, the roles and rotations of the "Diamond" zone press are introduced through an extended walk-through before live play.
This segment features Coach Smart running one of his players through a 30 minute individual workout. You will see the interaction between player and coach during this skill development session.
The workout features 10 individual shooting exercises that incorporate movements contained within the Rose offense.
It begins with elbow-to-elbow shots, then extends to different parts of the court. Coach Smart works the shot fake into the workout and explains how the player would benefit by mastering the move. The workout includes different attacks and works on balance, footwork, relocating, shot fakes, and gaining space off of the pound dribble.
Coach Smart spends a good amount of time working on two main presses, Double Fist and Diamond. The team takes part in three mini-scrimmages.
- The first features strictly Double Fist. Both teams work on using this man-to-man run-and-jump press.
- The second 5v5 battle showcases only the Diamond press, which is a 1-2-1-1 zone press.
- The final scrimmage mixes both presses, with Coach Smart calling them out to players on the fly.
Defensively, the team works on guarding transition ball screens and uses the 4-on-4 shell drill to work on defending flare screens, which can be difficult to g