with Billy Donovan,
Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Head Coach;
former University of Florida Head Coach; 2007 & 2006 NCAA Champions; 2014 SEC Champions;
2014 SEC Coach of the Year 3x SEC Coach of the Year;
One of only two people ever to serve as head coach, assistant coach, and player in a Final Four
Twotime NCAA Championship Coach Billy Donovan invites you to sit in on the Gators first threedays of practice of the 201112 season, a season which saw the Gators advance to the NCAA Tournaments Elite 8.
As his team prepares for the season, Coach Donovan focuses on building up their offensive and defensive styles of play. Watch as he breaks down the Spread Pick and Roll Offense along with his Motion High Offense, builds his offense and defense using a shell drill, improves his post players, and much more.
As Coach Donovan prepares his players for their first exhibition game, he does a lot of teaching and building up their style of play. He demonstrates the various offensive actions that lead into their motion high offense along with their spread pick and roll action.
He starts off with five man offensive drills actions. This 5on0 situation has the team running through various action for each player starting with the big men in the post all the way through a pick and roll followed with a double screen. After going through their set plays and motion offense, Donovan starts to build his defensive style of play with a driving line drill that has his defense continuously working on closeouts and squaring up on the ball to contain dribble penetration. Donovan moves to transition drills that combines getting back in transition and disrupting the fast break.
The second half of practice focuses on the offensive end. He uses Circle the Wagon Drill to train his players to get the ball into the post to score. He wants to take advantage of his post players scoring opportunities and to establish an inside presence that will lead to open shots on the perimeter.
The practice ends with a full court press attack. Donovan emphasizes the importance of getting into the press right after a bucket is scored and to sprint back when the press is broken.
Coach Donovan spends a lot of time during the second practice going 4on4 or 5on5. He runs a 4on4 shell defense to create competition, run offensive plays and sets, and teach his players hot to defend the screening actions they will see.
He builds his players helpside defense using a Scramble Drill that teaches his defenders to protect the basket when a defender gambles for a steal or is beat off of the dribble from the wing. Players will learn how to stunt and get back to their man while also learning how to read the offense and take a charge.
In 5on5 situations, Donovan uses end of game transition posting to teach his players how to get the ball into the post off of a transition set or a secondary break opportunity. In this setting, the focus is on the post, but he still wants his players to understand they need to create without forcing off of the spread pick and roll offense.
Coach Donovan finishes his second practice by working on the defensive end of