Discover the drills, intensity, and culture that have made Kelvin Sampson a winner everywhere he's been
- Discover the "Crack Back" strategy to help the helper take away the most direct passing options for the offense on dribble penetration
- Learn four sideline inbound plays in the "Slice" series to catch the defense in screening actions for multiple scoring opportunities
- Includes more than 15 drills that you can use for transition and half court defense
with Kelvin Sampson,
University of Houston Head Coach;
2018 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year;
2x National Coach of the Year;
former Oklahoma, Indiana and Washington State head coach;
former assistant coach with the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks
A five-time conference coach of the year in four conferences, Coach Sampson had his greatest success while head coach at Oklahoma. He posted over 280 wins at OU in 12 seasons as the head coach, leading the Sooners to the post season each year. His teams won three consecutive Big 12 Tournament Championships, and shared the regular season title in 2005. His best season came in 2001-02 when he led OU to the Final Four, and followed that up with a trip to the Elite Eight the next year. He was named the NABC National Coach of the Year in 2002. The 2017-18 season marked the 29th year Sampson has served as a head coach, amassing over 580 wins.
Get a front row seat and watch as Kelvin Sampson runs his Houston team through three preseason practices in preparation for international competition in China. Whether it's defense or offense, Coach Sampson uses the whiteboard regularly to go into detail on his team's actions. It's one thing to watch a team practice, but it's another to have a coach break down the drills and exercises for you.
Coach Sampson puts a special emphasis on Houston's defensive system. He provides you the philosophy, demonstration and drills to help you implement a great half court defense and turn your team into great transition defenders.
Team culture is reinforced through four warm up drills that expect players to operate with intensity while developing their ball handling, passing, and shooting. Sampson uses the 2-on-1 (plus 1), 3-on-2 (plus 1), and 4-on-3 (plus 1) drills to work on transition defense. Each of the drills in this series has a trailing defender to simulate a real game scenario. The main points of emphasis with transition defense are to talk, stop the ball, and match-up. You can also use these drills to help your players brush up on their decision making while playing with an offensive advantage.
The Cougars' staff implements the shell drill to teach the program's defensive principles and work on guarding specific actions (pin downs and staggers). Coach Sampson uses the whiteboard to go into detail about help defense and helping the helper. The team works on rotations on a baseline drive, defending basket cuts, and stopping the slot drive.
Coach Sampson places high emphasis on rebounding in this session. He uses multiple rebounding drills to help build a high level of toughness with his team.
On offense, Houston's full court attack is introduced with their Weak and Strong actions. Whiteboard segments are included outside of practice to describe Houston's offensive and defensive philosophy, explain practice drills and concepts, and teach a play for late game situations.
In practice two, Coach Sampson focuses on installing several major components in his offensive system. Players rehearse three baseline inbound plays and four sideline inbound plays in addition to two new half court set plays. Coach Sampson has his team run the sets 5-on-0, then later against defense. These sets come from the same alignment, making it more challenging for your opponents to scout them.
Coach Sampson also runs half court actions, which were introduced in the first practice, versus defense. Running these sets against a defense allows you to see reads being made and demonstrates how you can take what the defense gives you.
In practice three, Coach Sampson continues to build his defensive system with an added emphasis of denying the passing lanes through 5-on-5 half-court scrimmages. He also introduces two full court pressure strategies off of a made free throw. Fist is the Cougars' full court man-to-man defense and Double Fist is