Model your offense off of Bob McKillop's successful system at Davidson!
- Learn the seven "tough to stop" principles that have guided Coach McKillop's offensive philosophy
- Build your offense around simple strategies of attacking the attacker, teaching movement and technique, and, creating discipline before freedom
- Use the 3 Possession Read Drill to teach your athletes offensive actions that will help them control the defense
with Bob McKillop,
Davidson College Head Coach;
2018 A-10 Tournament champions; 2015 A-10 regular season champions;
2017 Joe Lapchick Character Award; 2008 Clair Bee Coach of the Year;
2013 USA Men's Basketball World University Games Head Coach;
11x Southern Conference regular season champions;
17x SoCon Tournament champions; 8x SoCon Coach of the Year;
2008 Elite Eight; 2008 NABC Coach of the Year;
over 550 career wins
Long-time Davidson head coach Bob McKillop has guided the Wildcats to over 550 career wins against some of the best programs in Division I basketball. Over the years, he has learned that teaching players how to read the defense is the best way for athletes to learn how to play the game.
With 16 trips to postseason tournaments, Coach McKillop has the experience and leadership that most programs long to have. In this video, he demonstrates how his offensive philosophy has changed over the past three decades to one that focuses teaching players, rather than relying on sets.
Philosophy and Principles
Keeping the game simple has allowed McKillop to become one of the best offensive-minded coaches in today's game. He has seven fundamental keys that guide his offense:
- Flesh to flesh contact
- Finish things
- Down and balanced
These principles have helped him create a balanced offensive attack. McKillop's offense has just five basic rules to go along with the fundamental keys: attack space, finish your cut, dribble with a purpose, help someone, and catch and see. These rules can help you teach your players how to play without sets.
Strategies and Techniques
Possessing a basic understanding of the offense will allow you to focus on the details. McKillop demonstrates how he teaches his offense using a 3 on 0 setup. In this setup, he describes how his players will read the defense and attack the open space that is given up. He teaches athletes to develop a "next shot is the most important shot" mindset. In this setup, players are able to learn the movements, actions, and techniques they need to be successful. Additionally, it forces the defense to conform to your players, taking them out of their typical game plan.
3 Possession Reads
In this drill, McKillop teaches the basic principles, actions, and movements within his offense. He shows three simple actions that will increase scoring opportunities for your players:
- Step in screen (screen your own)
- Cut screen
- Fade screen
With these simple screens, your offense is limitless in the actions you can use to get open. Of course, for each screen, timing is vital because without it, players will miss open scoring opportunities.
This is an outstanding motion offense video. It teaches you how to instruct your players to get open with and without the ball all while using simple actions. Coach McKillop demonstrates why his program has been a consistent offensive threat against any opponent they play. You will learn a great deal of offense and how to teach it to your own players.
107 minutes. 2019.Basketball Videos