Review – All Access Richmond Basketball Practice with Chris Mooney
Time for a coaching entry, I will have a training entry about the last 5 days of training tomorrow. For now, I actually want to review a coaching video. It is the first DVD on “ All Access Practice with Chris Mooney” . Championship Video is doing this series with various coaches (Geno Auriemma, Coach K, Bill Self, and others) where they follow a college team in their opening practices. I really enjoy the series and have three of the series (Auriemma, Moody, and Matt Painter) which I may review at a later time.
Before I review this video I want to mention that I only watched the first DVD. I will be watching more but I am not sure if I want to comment on all of them. I feel that Coach Moody and the people at Championship Production created this educational product and I do not feel comfortable sharing all of my notes from the DVD.
With that said, it was a fantastic video and I highly recommend it. I took over 6 pages of notes from just the first DVD. I purchased the series because I have always been interested in the Princeton style of offense which Mooney’s Richmond team employs. The complexity of the offense has always prevented me from employing it at the high school level, but I still feel there is tons to learn from it. I personally am a motion coach and there are some great tactics that the Richmond’s version of the Princeton Offense employs that fit very nicely into my offensive philosophy. Below I am going to list some highlights that I pulled from just the first DVD of this 4 DVD set (500 minutes of video).
- Freshman lack the physical conditioning required when they arrive at Richmond, but they really struggle with the concentration required to be successful in their basketball program.
- Breaks practice into 3 40 minute sessions, which is the running time of a half in college basketball. I like this idea, force your players to concentrate as they would have to in a game.
- Start with a star passing drill – he mentions throughout the importance of passing. It is a point of emphasis. Coach Mooney mentions that they are a chest passing team (I am a believer in push passing with one hand)
- They do a variety of layups and do some really challenging ones. They know that they have to be good at finishing against pressure because their offense puts such stress on the defense with the cuts to the rim.
- They do a stand still shooting drill where the simple step into their shots. Watching Richmond and other Princeton offense teams they get threes where you get to step directly into the three (think of a one-two step). They do not get a lot of threes where you are working on footwork running to or away from the ball. This offense leads to step in shots because the defense is so stressed by all of the cutting to the rim. That one-two step three pointer is the easy as far as footwork and definitely is something that all players can become proficient at.
- Whenever the ball is dribbled at you, you cut to the rim. This rule is something I put into my motion teams.
- All players shoot – the shooting drills have the post players shooting threes. We also see a ton of guard posting.
- They flat out sprint into their cuts, their cuts create space.
- They do not believe in front cuts, cutting in front of your defense, brings you too close to the ball and destroys spacing. All back cuts and no front cuts.
- Exacting on positions on the floor – if you are supposed to be at the top of the key, you better not be at an elbow.
- Once a player speed dribble at a player it forces the back cut, if he can not hit that player, he takes an immediate back dribble. I love this, it gives ball protection and lets that player get better vision of the floor. In my motion I want to practice this type of dribble action.
- He is right on top of any player that does not cut hard. It does not matter if you are going to score off of the cut, just get out of there and create space.
- Mooney knows what he wants and is clear in his expectations.
- They seem to try to start their offense at foul line extended but have no problem catching the ball along the sideline. The first catch does not have to be at the three point line. When they catch this high and stretch out the defense the back cutting action becomes even stronger.
- For a complex offense they simplify the screening action. You either cut straight to the ball or back cut. They really do not flare cut (although the flare screen and ball screen are huge parts of their offense)
- They do this action where the set a ball screen for a player at the slot. They will drive it hard and hit the wing. Once the pass is made that ball screener is setting a flare for that guard who just passed the ball. I like that action.
This is just some of my notes from this video series. Once again, you may not want to adopt the Princeton System (if you were, you surely need to study it at a very high level) but there is a lot to learn from this great offensive philosophy. As always, love feedback. Drop me a line at CoachAnglim@FundamentalsFirstBasketball.net.
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I will continue to recommend videos through this site, look for a review of “All Access to Purdue Basketball with Matt Painter” in the near future.