One on One Basketball Drills for Players

I believe that playing one on one is an extremely important part of skill development for basketball players–both for finding scoring moves and the ability to control the dribble.

One thing that it doesn’t do however is develop the awareness of helping defenders.

Hopefully you can either use these drills to help you develop and awareness of help defenders that attack you once you have beaten the player who is guarding you.

These three one on one drills Fast Model Sports Plays and Drills Library


Spanish 1 on 1

Contributed by Fabian McKenzie, Cape Breton University Women’s Basketball. He has been involved with the Canadian Women’s National team program for the past 6 years.



X1 starts with a ball on the baseline

1 starts at free throw line

X1 passes ball to 1.

1 must dribble around cone and attack the basket

X1 must sprint around their cone and attempt to stop 1

Vary the locations of the cones for each player to increase the level of difficulty

Beat the Helper 1 on 1 Drill

Contributed by Taylor Jannsen

Great drill to help teach players how to beat rotational help with a variety of finishes.

Editors Note: I like the concept of the drill, but don’t like to see the offensive player going away from the basket. I would try to play it more like turning the corner or coming off a ball screen. I would try it a couple of different ways and see which way you like best.



On the offensive player’s first move, the defense loops around a cone and simulates a help defender.

Player 1 pushes the dribble out in front and must touch the paint before attempting a shot.





1 on 1 Rollout



1. Offense rolls ball to opposite elbow; defense has to touch elbow but needs to get behind the roller

2. Offense gathers the ball at the elbow; defense touches the elbow

3. Offense attacks the rim looking to draw contact! There will be collisions!!! — Defense challenges at the rim.






There will be contact at the rim!

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