Before you can make that winning buzzer beater, you need to master fundamental skills in all phases of the game. The fourth edition of the best-selling instructional resource Basketball Skills & Drills provides the perfect blueprint for building the foundation that all well-rounded players and championship teams need.
With complete coverage of individual skills and team play, you’ll find 103 developmental drills covering everything from stance and footwork to scoring plays and transitions. Enhanced with an online video library featuring 42 clips demonstrating the drills in action, you’ll have the optimal guide for mastering these fundamental skills:
• Player positioning
• Moving without the ball
• Ballhandling and court vision
• Perimeter moves
• Post moves
• Team offense
• Team defense
Recognizing that individual skills are effective only when used within the team concept, the book also covers team principles for both ends of the court. Tactics for offense, including special situations for out-of-bounds plays, will improve spacing, ball and player movement, shot selection, and scoring. Defensive tactics emphasize positioning, pressure, and various systems to apply in each zone of the court.
At all levels of basketball, success comes with mastery of the basic skills. Basketball Skills & Drills is your best-selling guide to becoming that dominant force on the court.
About the Author
Jerry Krause has been a part of Gonzaga University’s men’s basketball program for over 25 years. In 2001, he returned to the university as the director of men’s basketball operations after serving a five-year civilian term at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. There he was a professor of sports philosophy and director of instruction for the department of physical education.
Krause’s legendary career includes many highlights. He served as head coach at Eastern Washington University (EWU) for 17 years, where his Eagle teams posted a 262-196 record and a .572 winning percentage and attained a graduation record of 84 percent. He has coached at all levels—youth sport through Olympics—and for both men and women. He took a sabbatical from EWU to assist the late Ralph Miller at Oregon State University in writing his first book (Better Basketball Basics) and then returned to EWU to lead the Eagles from the NAIA into the NCAA Division I ranks.
He is one of the most prolific authors of basketball books, having written 34 titles, and has also produced 33 instructional videos. For 50 years he has been research chairman for the National Association of Basketball Coaches and was a long-standing member of the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee. He was involved in rule changes that brought about the 45-second (and later 30-second) shot clock, the three-point shot, and the breakaway rim as well as inventing the NCAA/NBA approved basketball rim tester to standardize ball-rim rebounds and make the game the same around the world. He is a member of the NAIA Basketball Coaches, SHAPE America (formerly National Association for Sport and Physical Education), New York State AHPERD, SHAPE Washington (formerly Washington AHPERD and the Inland Northwest Sports Halls of Fame.
Craig R. Nelson is the boys’ basketball head coach at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In his six seasons at Washington, he has guided the team to four state AA tournament appearances. Nelson graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota (2008), where he played for legendary coach Don Meyer. During his college career, Nelson started in all 121 games and helped lead the team to 98 wins. In his senior season, he ranked fourth among all Division II players and ranked first in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) in three-point shooting. At the end of his senior season, he was one of the top five free throw shooters in the country (93%). In high school, Nelson played in back-to-back state tournament titles and was named the North Dakota Class B Basketball Player of the Year in 2003. Coaching is part of Nelson’s heritage—his father, Dave Nelson, led teams to multiple high school state tournaments (including the years he was coach to Craig), and Craig’s grandfather, Ed Beyer, is the all-time winningest coach in North Dakota high school history.
“Jerry Krause brings over 50 years of coaching expertise to this book to make the fundamental skills of basketball easy to learn. It is a landmark contribution that will benefit all coaches of men’s and women’s basketball. If you want to teach the basics of basketball, this book is a must for all coaches.”
Lisa Fortier—Head Coach of Gonzaga University Women’s Basketball and 2015 WBCA Division I Rookie Coach of the Year
“Basketball Skills & Drills has stood the test of time. It has become the gold standard for books on fundamental skills. With this latest edition and the new ebook and video library formats, it will continue to be a classic of basketball basics for coaches and players.”
Mark Few—Head Coach of Gonzaga University Men’s Basketball and 2017 Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year
“The foundation of the great game of basketball never wavers. Players who strive for mastery of the fundamental skills will always be in high demand. The game always belongs to those who can pass, catch, shoot, rebound, and defend. Nobody teaches this better than Coach Jerry Krause.”
Sherri Coale—Head Coach of University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball and 2017 USBWA Coach of the Year