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The Basketball Podcast

Oct 30, 2019

Jimmy Tillette, Mixing the Dribble Drive and Princeton Offensive Systems

Guest: Jimmy Tillette, Former Samford Basketball Head Coach 


In this week’s coaching conversation, former Samford head coach Jimmy Tillette joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss mixing the dribble drive and Princeton offensive systems. Tillette, a basketball philosopher and educator at heart, shares philosophy, history, and concepts that have shaped his coaching.


Tillette is the former head coach of the men's basketball team at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tillette was the head coach of the Bulldogs team from 1997-2012 and is the school's winningest coach. 


In fifteen seasons as the coach of the Bulldogs, Tillette compiled a record of 229–219, leading the Bulldogs to their only two appearances in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in 1999 and 2000 while they were a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The 1999–2000 season was highlighted by upset wins over traditional basketball powers St. John's and Alabama. Tillette was most recently head coach of the boys' basketball team at Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, Louisiana.



1:00 - Changes on Him over these years of Coaching

4:00 - About the Princeton Offense

6:40 - Adding the Dribble Drive System

9:30 - Read and Rules for Backdoor Cuts

12:20 - Not Traditionally Fundamentals

15:00 - Characterize Princeton Offense

18:00 - ABC: Action Beyond the Concept 

21:40 - Individual Aspects

23:00 - Fog and Friction

24:30 - Working on Creating Better Passers

28:00 - Spacing, Screening and Cutting

31:40 - Metamorphosis of the Princeton Offense

34:30 - Improvements and Progress

37:00 - Ideal Length of Possession for Princeton offense

38:40 - Ideal Action of the Concepts

41:00 - Defensive Physicality

43:00 - Ideal Team for Princeton Offense

45:00 - How Coaches Gonna Teach his 

48:00 - Sharing ideas to Kids

50:00 - Conclusion


Jimmy Tillette’s Bio



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