Heslip’s 9 three pointers Footwork: Athletic Breakdown

9 Tre’s in The NCAA Tournament a testament to Footwork!

We all watch dozens of highlights and often miss the details that got us there. Here is a quick lesson on shooting off the Catch by Baylor’s  Brady Heslip. While he is not the most athletic player on his Baylor team his display of FW and balance deserves the highest mark of basketball athleticism. Remeber most of the work is done before you have the ball in your hands.

"Tre Goggles "

#1 (0:03)- OB Play-First make is a classical OB play for a teams best shooter.  Off the botched play, he drops his hips pulls his R leg with his L foot squares up and knocks it down.

Off the out of bounds Play FW= L, R (1,2 step)

#2 (0:05) Transition – Shooters running the floor with head turned eyes back at the ball moving up floor, ball in the air feet in the air, finishes with balance.

Three Pointer #2 Transition Three Pointer (two foot sink)

#3(0:08)- Step into your shot– The easiest look for Heslip all night, steps into his shot off the sagging D.  Also displays his range when stepping into his shot.

#4 Three Pointer off pitch back (L,R -1,2)

#4 (0:14)-Staggard Baseline Screen to curl– Does a great job of getting his inside foot around the turn(race car theory) and whips his right hip around to get toe to rim for elevation into jump shot.

Left Right Curl

#5 (0:20)-Down Screen to Two Foot Hip turn– Off the down screen  heslip attacks the ball off the hop with a rapid hip rotation towards the hoop. Notice he sinks the center of gravity to get vertical in his jump shot.

Two foot Hip Turn off Down Screen

#6 (0:28)- OB Play – Heslip Does a phenominal job at effecient footwork on this set OB play. He Uses his inside foot to push back to three point line into a right left pattern.

OB Play

L,R,L,R To Balance

#7 (0:37) –Classic Flare or Fade- Does a great Job here showing his hands  and getting his feet towards the rim by opening the hips off reverse pivot hop to R,L.

Flare Cut

Separation from the Screener

#8 (0:42)- Pitch and Catch- using a small crossover step for timing Heslip gets his inside foot down while staying square to the basket.

quick two foot sink hips

#9 (0:49)- Very Similar to #7 a Flare Cut from NBA range.

L,R,L ( 1,2 step on finish)

Getting Vertical


About Michael Atkinson

Mike Atkinson,CSCS, is the owner of Elite Pro Performance and the on court performance director at Sierra Strength & Speed. Considered to be a specialist of Keiser performance equipment, Mike is known as a hybrid basketball performance trainer focusing on strength, movement, and basketball fundamentals. Atkinson’s experience and current work with NBA Player Development Specialist Aubrey McCreary has given him a unique set of skills to train players on sports specific patterns and positioning at a professional level. Atkinson’s training experience includes work with numerous NBA draftees, multiple Division 1 athletes, and other professional clients. He has also worked as a performance consultant in the NBA Development League and has directed basketball performance training camps and clinics for youth athletes on the West coast.
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