V-Cut Drill Series

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This is a series of drills that incorporate the idea of utilizing a V-Cut to get open on the wing and fill towards the ball on the opposite wing to receive a pass. The moment of the catch after movement is a great time to attack the basket as the defender is still recovering and closing out. This series develops different skill options off the same drill.

Points of Emphasis

These are some of the points we emphasize throughout the drill:

  • Hands Ready - always have the hands in the catching position and be ready to receive the pass.
  • Eyes Up/on the Ball - Some players when making cuts will have a tendency to look down at their feet, we want to make sure we can see the basketball.
  • Footwork Focus - Just as important as what we do with the ball is what we do without the ball.. focus on making hard cuts, balance, square up to the basket on a catch, and making players understand that they must sell cuts by making defenders move.
  • Passer should be following the shooter for the rebound and kick it back out to the passing line.

V Cut to Elbow Jumpers

The first drill in this series is pretty straight forward. V-Cut, come across the lane, catch & square for an elbow jumper. This could be stretched out to a three point shot as needed.


V Cut to Backdoor Cut/Layup

Here we are looking to take advantage of a defender closing out hard after creating separation with our V-Cut. Some important coaching points for this are:

  • Making sure the player is bringing the defender out past the three point line. Otherwise, there is often not enough room for the wing player to make the pass.
  • Show hands to sell the backdoor, meaning that the cutter should show hands in a catching position as if looking to catch the ball moving away from the basket, then make the backdoor cut.
  • Pass should be a bounce pass.

V Cut to Backdoor/Jumper

This follows the same teaching points as the previous variation, only this time pulling up for the mid-range jumper. Focus here is on control of foot speed going from a high speed cut to a balanced jump shot.


V Cut to Give and Go

Here we are making our V Cut to shed the defender, receiving the pass, and then our passer is going to make a cut to the hoop. This would be a situation where the person defending the passer has their eyes following the basketball and we can take advantage of that.

Emphasis here is on timing as we want our original passer to make their cut just as the other player is receiving the ball. If they cut too early the person receiving the ball will not have adequate time to make a quality pass leading the player making the cut. Ideally this is a bounce pass across the lane with the cutter being able to catch and finish within 1 or 2 steps at the rim without having to put down a dribble.


V Cut to Fake/Rip Move to Layup

Here we are making the catch, attacking the closing defender with a ball fake or a rip move, one dribble and score the layup.


V Cut to Fake/Rip to Pullup

Same drill as the one previously but instead we are making a read on a shot blocker or help defender in the paint and pulling up for a jumper. Point of emphasis here is balance on the jump shot and not being out of control/unbalanced when pulling up.


V Cut to Skip Pass for 3

After making the pass we are looking for our passer to fade out to the corner. The player making the V Cut and receiving the pass will catch, square up to the basket, and then make a overhead pass to the corner to the original passer. We are looking for a quick release catch and shoot for a 3 or short corner jumper for younger players.


V Cut to Dribble Drive

The dribble drive motion being practiced here practices the person making the V Cut making the catch and taking a dribble or two with the ball on their outside hand (the hand furthest from the basket - to protect the dribble from the defender) and then making a soft touch pass to the original passer who is cutting over the top. Here you have the option for the player to shoot the three at the top of the key or to attack the basket off the dribble.