Follow the Basketball to get an Open Look
If you know how to following the basketball to get an open look on the court you might be surprised how many open shots it will create. Here are a few things you have to know to do it effectively. Check out this video to see how.
The follow is the opposite of a drift. You never want to stand around in basketball because that makes the job of the defense a whole lot easier. To do the follow properly you must read the defense when you’re on the floor. When someone is dribbling away from you, they are vacating the spot they were just at. It’s important to keep proper spacing on the floor and never isolate one guy away from his teammates. If your teammate gets in trouble, they will need someone to move the ball to or risk a turnover.
This is where the follow can come in handy. As I said before, once your teammate dribbles away from you, a vacant spot becomes open. The defense will shift depending on where the ball is. Usually when someone dribbles away from you, your defender will go into help side in order to defend against penetration to the basket. All you do from there is sprint to the open spot that your teammate left and if the defense reacts too late, you have an easy jump shot or a driving lane to the basket.