Variety of ways to make the Reverse Layup
Around the basket can become rather congested and it may take some creativity to put the shot past tall defenders. Their are a variety of ways to make the reverse layup, and this video shows a variety of ways to use the backboard to get shots off near the basket.
Add a Reverse Layup to the Around-the-Basket Repertoire
Reverse layups have a lot of different purposes but the main one is to not get blocked by people who are taller or may be more athletic. You’re basically using the rim as a way to keep big guys from blocking your shot. Shot blockers, even the best ones really are anticipating where the shot is coming from when it goes toward the basket. They see the angle that the shooter is taking and anticipate where he wants to take the shot from. If you have several different places from which you will launch the ball from on your layup it will be harder to anticipate.
Another trick that you want to know how to do is to put the basketball high off the glass. The best way to practice this drill is by going back and forth and doing reverse layups on both sides. This is basically an extension of the old “George Mikan drill”. If you’re going on the right side you want to make sure that you’re using the same footwork as you would for right-handed layup and on the left side the same for a left-hand layup. You also want to be able to jump as high as you can just to give the ball a shorter distance to travel.
When you take this shot make sure that you use the backboard because it gives you a little bit of leeway in case you go a little off target.