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The Basketball Podcast

Sep 26, 2018

Steve Donahue, Offensive Spacing, Cutting and Efficiency

Guest: Steve Donahue, Penn Quakers Men’s Basketball Head Coach

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Penn head coach Steve Donahue joins the podcast. Donahue is entering his fourth season with the Penn Quakers men's basketball team. He is the former head coach of Boston College and Cornell. Donahue is the only person in Ivy League history to lead two different programs to conference championships, Cornell (2008, 2009, 2010) and Penn (2018).

Donahue’s teams have won 4 Ivy League regular season championships, and one Ivy League Tournament. In the process he has been recognized for his coaching success with the Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award (2010), 2× NABC District Coach of the Year (2008, 2010), and the Ivy League Coach of the Year (2018).



1:00 - Introduction
1:40 - "You don't need to be Athletic to be fast, You need Players who can make Decision Quickly"
3:00 - How Coach Steve Evaluate a Player?
5:00 - Hard Skills and Soft Skills
6:30 - "Soft Skill is the Application of the Hard Skills"
7:00 - Baseline For Every Level
8:00 - Playing with Better Players, Players become Better.
9:30 - Give the Player a Freedom to be Who They Are and Basis of Not Talking Turnovers
11:10 - "For Us to Improve, I want my Guys to Try Things."
13:20 - Discussing about Positive Coaching
15:30 - Things That Helped Coach Steve Do the Work
17:00 - Words that Guys used to a Coach
19:00 - Non-verbal Communication and Body Language and Message you Sending
20:00 - Record Yourself in the Game
22:00 - Dribble-Pass Ratio
22:40 - Basket-cut
23:50 - Coach Steve's Team's Specific and Philosophy Specific
24:30 - "They Don't Pass Much because he doesn't want some Turnovers"
25:30 - Get Players Won to make the Decision to Cut and to Cut Hard
26:00 - "1st: If Someone In to you, you Swim Cut; Someone's Out of You, You Run in Place to Set Up the Cut"
27:30 - Collection of Concepts That Coach Steve Names it
28:40 - The 3rd Technique: Overplaying
29:40 - The Point of Catching is Critical
31:30 - They Never Get The Ball
32:00 - "The More You Cut, The More Critical Re-Spacing Is"
33:30 - "In Today's Game, Everything's Gonna Evolved Again"
34:15 - Another Benefit of Cutting: Open 3 Point Shot
36:00 - How Do You Get Stand-Still Threes? And Cutting-Off Drives
38:00 - Playing Aggressive Cutting
39:00 - "Play Like They Are Not That Talented"
40:00 - Passing-Cut Offense
42:00 - Adapting Your Offense  From the Ivy League to the ACC back to the Ivy League based on the personnel your playing or is it just the different way of teaching or emphasizing certain things that Coach Steve already Done?
44:00 - Coach Chris Experience Playing in the ACC
45:00 - Coach Steve Likes to Play Fast Tempo
46:00 - How Coach Steve Watch Films?
48:20 - Exaggerating the Points that we've just Emphasize
49:00 - Delivered Attempt by the Learner to try the things that Coach Steve Teach them to do
50:00 - Final Thoughts


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