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Posted August 3, 2016

Izzo's 5-on-5 competitive rebounding drill

By Tom Izzo, Michigan State University men's basketball coach

Our teams are always strong on the boards because we place a philosophical emphasis on rebounding and combine that with a combination of rebounding drills, strength training (through weight lifting) and by developing a rebounding mindset.

The following rebounding drill is highly competitive and helps players improve on both the offensive and defensive glass.

This drill is a competitive game. The first team up to 10 points wins. Teams get 1 point for a defensive or offensive rebound and 1 point for scoring. The X’s and O’s switch places after each game. There is no out of bounds.

DIAGRAM 1: The X’s (defense) are set up in the lane as shown and the O’s (offense) are positioned on the perimeter behind the 3-point line. A coach with a ball wanders the perimeter and can shoot at any time. The coach never shoots from the same spot during the drill.

DIAGRAM 2: When the coach cocks his arm to shoot, the X’s run out and box-out the O’s who are breaking to the boards.

The coach intentionally misses a jump shot and the two teams battle for the rebound.

DIAGRAM 3: If a defender secures the rebound (X4 as shown), he or she immediately turns, locates the coach and throws an outlet pass. The defensive team is then awarded a point.

All players hustle back to their starting positions and the drill resumes.

DIAGRAM 4: If an offensive player grabs the rebound (O4 as shown), he or she tries to put back the offensive rebound and score. The offensive team would receive a point for the offensive rebound and a point for the made basket. O4 is not allowed to pass to a teammate on the scoring attempt.


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