Newsletter #274

September 13, 2023


Today's Quote:   "Life is like a 10-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use." - Charles Schulz

Today's Theme... Three Advanced Finishing Moves

See the linked pages below for excellent video examples of these moves.


See this video from elite trainer Ganon Baker on the Euro Step.

Euro Step video


Inside Hand Lay-up

The inside hand lay-up can be used when you sense that a shot-blocking chasing defender is trying to block your lay-up. Use the inside hand (left hand on the right side, and right hand on the left side), and lay it in under the defender's arm.  When approaching the basket, instead of planting the inside foot (left foot for right-handed lay-up), you plant the outside right foot while extending the inside left hand forward to lay the ball off the glass.

See this video from coach Joe Wootten's DVD "Coach Wootten's Basketball Camp: Footwork and Finishing Drills".  It starts with the Pro Hop move (below) and then shows the Inside Hand Lay-up.

Pro Hop move

"Pro Hop" finish

Imagine you are approaching the hoop at full speed and there is a defender already there waiting for you. Use the pro hop. Dribble at the defender, then suddenly stop and hop sideways (if the defender stays back) into the paint for the pull-up jumper.

If the defender initially moves out toward you, then instead of hopping sideways, hop straight past him/her toward the hoop for either a short jumper, or a lay-up. Very importantly, when making the hop swing the ball high across your face so the defender cannot slap it away. 

See these pages for video clips and more moves:

Lay-ups - Finishing at the Hoop

Pro Advanced Guard Moves for Finishing Around the Basket

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