The Mikan Progression Drill

The Mikan Drill has been one of my favorite drills as a player, a coach and a now as a basketball trainer. Many coaches use this drill to help their forwards and post players develop good footwork near the basket and scoring inside, but I also think perimeter players can benefit just as much from this drill.

Guards need the ability to finish consistently inside and focus on touch off the backboard.  Smaller players tend to be able to get in the lane unimpeded much more than bigs so finishing layups consistently can make the difference between winning and losing.

This video is a progression of drills that I have used over the years for beginners to college level athletes. The drills features very little tricks, just basic drills that leads to advance drills which will help build the confidence level or young athletes.

In each progression, focus on keeping the ball high (shoulder level), catching the ball and keeping your rhythm to get to the other side of the rim. Don’t count attempts where you’ve dropped the ball or miss the shot.

The players that I train must make 10 shots in a row without hitting the rim. ¬†Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.

Mikan Progression

  1. Basic
  2. Power Stop
  3. Reverse
  4. Two Ball Basic
  5. Two Ball Reverse
  6. Under the leg