About Coach Matt Monroe

Matt Monroe - Head Sophomore Basketball Coach - St. Patrick High School (Chicago)

Man Quick Hitter: Set for a 3 or Backdoor Cut

This set is designed to create a 3pt look for your best shooter or a backdoor on the weak side. The misdirection hand off and flex screen creates the opportunity for the shooter to set up his man and come off the double screen for the 3. If the 3 man is hot, you may want to use him as a decoy and have the point guard role dribble and then hit 2 going backdoor.

Hess 2 002

• #5 sets a screen for #3
• #2 lifts towards half court
• #1 drives towards the opposite elbow
• #4 lifts high
• #1 passes to #4

Hess 2 003

• #5 and #1 set a screen for #3
• If #3 is open, pass him the ball for a shot

Hess 2 004

• Another option is to hit #2 on a backdoor cut

Weekly Articles

Chip Kelly Grantland Feature – http://grantland.com/features/chip-kelly-philadelphia-eagles-nfl-influence/

Mike Bailey Concepts of Effective Defense – http://hoopsroundtable.com/2014/08/16/concepts-for-an-effective-defense/

Guz Malzahn Feature – http://grantland.com/features/gus-malzahn-offensive-evolution/

Perception of Workout Guy – http://www.hoopconsultants.com/perception-of-a-workout-guy/

Chip Kelly ESPN – http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11348255/how-philadelphia-eagles-coach-chip-kelly-converted-lesean-mccoy-believer-espn-magazine

LLWS Coach Speech – http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11373945&ex_cid=sportscenterFB

The Key to Winning

The following is from Larry Dean Jackson and Coach-Jackson.com:

The Key to Winning by Denis Waitley
(excerpted from Becoming an Authentic MVP)

People often ask me, what is the most critical attribute of a winner in life? Without hesitation, I answer that believing you deserve to win is the key. If you believe in your dreams when they’re all you have to hang onto, you begin to try. If you feel you have potential or talent, you’ll invest in it. If you believe you’re worth the effort, you’ll put in the time and energy. If you think you can, you’ll learn how.

Healthy self-esteem is perhaps the most important and basic quality of a winning human being. You want to be able to say: “I like myself. Given my parents and my background, I’m glad I’m me. I realize I may not be the best-looking in the group, but I always look and do my best in every group. I’d rather be me than anyone else in the world.” This is the self-talk of a winner. Winners have developed a strong sense of self-worth, regardless of their status. They weren’t necessarily born with these good feelings, but they’ve learned to like themselves through practice.

The most successful companies in the world know that valued employees are their most precious resource. Valuable employees pass their value on to customers. The result? Excellence and quality. They are the most powerful competitors in the world marketplace. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, we should view ourselves in terms of our own abilities, interests and goals. We can begin by making a conscious effort to upgrade our lifestyle, education and personal development. You always project on the outside how you feel on the inside.

Core values radiate like rings, as when a pebble is thrown in a pond. The self-centered constantly seek approval from and power over others. They try to impress them with their worth rather than express concern for others’ well-being. And their outward appearances usually involve ways to hide their real thoughts and intentions.

The value-centered give of themselves freely and graciously, constantly seeking to empower others. Open and modest, they have no need for conceit, the opposite of core value. Feeling good about who they are, and not needing to talk about their victories or line their walls with celebrity photos, people with core values spend much of their time “paying value,” as I call it, to others. When praised, they share the spotlight. When they make mistakes, they view them as learning experiences and accept responsibility.

My friend Nathaniel Branden taught me—and countless others—that self-esteem can’t be bought, won in an arena, measured by a stock portfolio, or displayed in a fashion model’s figure or an entertainment star’s profile. Self-esteem is a profound belief that you deserve to be happy and successful, combined with a trust or confidence in an ability to manage life’s challenges. It is as necessary for human development as oxygen, as basic as the carbon from which diamonds are formed. I used to think that diamonds were so sought after because they glitter, but discovered that they ‘re actually so valuable because they’re almost impossible to destroy. Formed at the earth’s core and very rare, they hold their value indefinitely.

Perhaps you have already developed the wisdom to know that the diamonds you seek are waiting to be uncovered in your own backyard—the backyard of your mind—where your sense of values and your self-worth are embedded. The simple truth is that if we have no internalized feelings of value, we have nothing to share with others. We can need them, depend on them, look for security in them—but we can’t share or give an emotion to anyone unless we possess it. The diamond is inside us, waiting to be discovered, shaped, and polished. Self-acceptance, as we are right now, is the key to healthy self-esteem—seeing ourselves as worthwhile, changing, imperfect, growing individuals, and knowing that although we aren’t born with equal mental and physical uniforms, we are born with the equal right to feel deserving of excellence according to our own internal standards.

Man Quick Hitter: “Down”

The following is from Coach Greg Kapsimalis, Assistant Coach, New Trier High School (IL):

Kaps Down 001

• #1 dribbles towards the wing to initiate the play
• #4 sets a screen for #2
• #2 makes a zipper cut towards the top of the key

Kaps Down 002

• #4 and #1 set a double stagger screen for #3
• #5 acts as if he is screening down but reverse pivots as this is happening, sealing his man off

Drill: 3 on 3 Sprint to Help Closeouts

3 on 3 Sprint to Help Closeouts

• Three players along the sideline start with basketballs
• Three defenders are guarding them
• Two coaches act as passers and move the defense with their actions

3 on 3 Sprint to Help Closeouts 002

• The coach passes the ball
• On the airtime of the ball, the three defenders sprint to the helpline and get in the proper position and stance

3 on 3 Sprint to Help Closeouts 003

• When the ball is passed back to the other coach, the defensive players closeout to their men with the proper technique
• Repeat several times

Toughness Ball Handling Drill

Toughness Ball Handling Drill

• Players partners up and work with each other splitting the court into thirds.
• The defensive player makes constant contact with the ball handling, reasonable fouls are permitted for the drill.
• The offensive player must handle the ball through pressure and contact.

Dribble Moves vs. Contact:
1. Basic change of direction moves
2. Power dribble (ball handler stays low, separates the ball from his man using his body, and drives the defense forward with his feet)
3. Trap (retreat) dribble

Weekly Articles

The following is from Brandon Bailey, Video Coordinator, Boston Celtics:

Keyon Dooling on Doc Rivers and Rajon Rondo

Becky Hammon Features


Reavis on Belichick

Steve Clifford Features(I might have sent these out during the year, but it’s worth the read again)


Building Your Defense – Tim Trendel Article