Purpose: To work on controlling the basketball via dribble, pass, and getting open against 2 defenders. Also builds focus, conditioning and develops offensive and defensive skills.
Drill: 1 offensive player and 2 defenders. Coach or manager is also involved and on the court. Drill only takes place in the halfcourt.
The coach or manager starts with the basketball anywhere in the half court. The offensive player, being guarded by 2 defenders, attempts to get open to receive the pass. Once he receives the pass, his objective is to control the basketball for a full :60 seconds without turning it over (NOTE: The first time you do this drill and/or for younger players, you might want to start with the goal being :30 seconds).
What does controlling the basketball mean? It means he can dribble as necessary to control the basketball. It also means that if he is forced to pick up his dribble (or when highly pressured) he can pass to the coach. After passing, he must get open again to get the basketball. Continue for allotted time.
If the basketball is stolen or otherwise turned over, the offensive player will simply restart and continue.
This is an intense drill and will definitely wear the players out. It is imperative that they stay focused throughout the drill, even as they are getting tired.