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Each year, preseason and sometimes during the season, we test our players for assessment purposes. The Decathlon is a good indicator of player strengths and weaknesses. The test consists of ten shooting skills performed for one minute each, one skill right after the other. We have acquired over 25 years of data using this test. As a result, we have a pretty good idea of a player's offensive skill set when it's all said and done. We like to factor these numbers into our selection process.
To date, in my 25+ years of coaching, not quite 20 players have scored 200 baskets or higher. The highest is 218. The first 3 minutes set the tone. A fundamentally sound player can score close to 100 or more baskets right out of the gates.
We consider the following grade levels and scores very good:
Skill Level Scale:
1) Strong Hand Lay-ups
-Stand wherever you want (we suggest as shown) and score as many baskets as possible.
-No rebounders (using the glass is recommended).
2) Weak Hand Lay-ups
-Same as strong hand lay-ups, but this time you must shoot with your weak hand.
-Your strong hand is to be held behind your back (Shooter is allowed to shoot from either side).
3) Mikan Drill
-Shoot baby hook shots, alternating from the right side to the left side.
-Shoot off the correct foot on each side.
-Shoot just outside the freethrow lane near the low block.
-Use the glass and move back and forth without traveling.
-Same as block-to-block, but this time the shots are from the short corner (two strides from lane).
-Move back and forth without traveling.
6) X-Out Lay-ups
-Start at the right freethrow line elbow, dribble in and score a lay-up.
-Then sprint out to the left elbow (dribble is not mandatory). Do the same, but with the left hand.
7) Lay-up Bust
-Start under the basket and shoot a lay-up.
-Whether it is made or missed, run and touch the freethrow line with your hand.
-Then come back to the ball and attempt another lay-up or shot.
-Shoot from the right freethrow line elbow and follow your shot.
-Dribble out to the left elbow with your outside hand and shoot again.
-Alternate from elbow-to-elbow; always dribbling with your outside hand.
9) 15' Rapid Fire
-Use two basketballs and two teammates as a feeder and rebounder.
-Fire as many jump shots as possible from the freethrow line.
10) 20' Rapid Fire
-Same as 15' Rapid Fire, but from behind the 3-point arc.
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