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with Jim Crews, Saint Louis University Head Coach;
backtoback A10 Coach of the Year 201314;
2013 National Coach of the Year NABC and Sporting News;
coached under both Bobby Knight and Rick Majerus; played on the 1976 undefeated national championship team at Indiana University
The foundation of Coach Jim Crews St. Louis program is based on these fundamental yet essential concepts: educate, encourage and empower. In this fantastic, oncourt look into an actual team practice, youll see him apply these concepts as he prepares his team for the coming season. By covering skill development along with team concepts, youll get a great idea of how and why Coach Crews has been so successful with this midmajor team.
Coach Crews begins the practice session focusing on fundamentals, which he believes are essential to developing a successful team. Specifically, he focuses on defensive fundamentals. He runs his players through basic drills that emphasize staying in a defensive position, having high hands and containing the ball. In his 3on4 drill, players learn how to be successful by following these guidelines.
In each drill he demonstrates, Coach Crews stresses accountability.
Coach Crews moves on to a terrific drill that works multiple offensive concepts. The 4on3 Whitesell Drill teaches entry passes, post ups and escape dribbles as well as how to inbound efficiently. Players learn to stay focused on each step of the drill. Intense focus pays off in the long run as players quickly become able to work on several concepts effectively.
Coach Crews then talks briefly about how he structures his practices, focusing first on strengthening weaknesses from the previous practice and then moving into a normal routine. His explanation of how and why he runs practices this way is quite insightful.
Coach Crews then gets players back on the court with some more fundamental drills. He believes that fundamentals are the invisible force that moves a team in the right direction. The shooting work that follows underscores this point. The big players work on jump hooks and post moves while the perimeter players spend time with ball handling that leads into shots off ball screens.
In the latter part of the DVD, Coach Crews runs players through their offense against a 32 zone. This provides a really good look into one aspect of the teams strategies and also shows how basic concepts are applied to the work players do. As always, Coach Crews consistently holds his players accountable for doing the little things correctly, which is probably the biggest reason for his teams continued success. A great transition drill follows that lets players get up and down the court but also works on both offensive and defensive transition.
Coach Jim Crews background of playing and coaching under Bobby Knight as well as Rick Majerus has helped develop a winning formula that has helped the Billikens be consistently successful. In this great DVD, you will see how a celebrated coach prepares his team for the season ahead.
Produced at the Fall 2013 St. Louis MO clinic.
103 minutes. 2014.