Five Spot Basketball Shooting Workout

Five Spot Shooting is one of the best all around shooting workouts developing players can utilize. In fact, if there’s ONE workout you ever use to become a good shooter- this would be it!

Five Spot Shooting is a progressive workout that covers every aspect of shooting from every spot on the court. It’s extremely thorough and ensures that you are getting in the right repetitions.

Additionally, it helps you develop distance control because you methodically move your way out from the basket. 

Why Five Spot Shooting? : 

Most players like to start outside and shoot shots they are not ready for (should not be shooting).  That is very counterproductive and one of the biggest mistakes that players make.

Five Spot Shooting workout forces the player to focus on fundamentals, shoot from the proper distance and progressively build their shots the right way.   

The Set up :

As shown in the diagram and shot chart below, you will be shooting from five different angles on the court (left baseline, right baseline, left wing, right wing, and middle). taking 50 total shots from each of the five angles.



You will begin on the left wing, setting up four feet from the basket (spot one in the diagram below). Take 10 shots from spot one, keeping track of how many you make out of 10. If you make at least six out of 10, you are able to progress back to spot two which is four feet back from spot one (eight feet from the basket).

However, if you fail to make at least six shots from spot one in round one, you are not able to move back to spot two. You must stay in spot one for round two. In round two you will again take 10 shots and keep track of how many you make.

Again, if you make at least six shots, you can move back to the next spot. Each new spot is four feet farther back from the previous spot.

The same continues for rounds three through five. Once you have completed round five you will have taken 50 total shots and you will then move to the next angle (ex: middle). After finishing all five angles you will have attempted 250 total shots from all court angles.

This drill is great because it requires players to master shooting from a certain distance before they can move back. Do not be disappointed if you do not make it back to the three-point line.

Most players will remain in spots 1-4 for the entire workout.

Five Spot Shooting keeps players within their appropriate range and provides them goals to achieve.

Feel free to use the following Shot Chart to record your progress!  

What Are the Odds of Competing in Men’s Professional Basketball?

When we survey NCAA student-athletes about their expectations of moving on to professional athletics careers, the results indicate surprising confidence in that possibility. The reality is that very few go pro.

On average only 1% of high school participants go on to play DI-DIII college basketball


Estimated probability of competing in men’s college basketball

High School Participants NCAA Participants Overall % HS to NCAA % HS to NCAA Division I % HS to NCAA Division II % HS to NCAA Division III
551,373 18,816 3.4% 1.0% 1.0% 1.4%


Sources: High school figures from the 2017-18 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations; data from club teams not included. College numbers from the NCAA 2017-18 Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report.


Estimated probability of competing in men’s professional basketball

NCAA Participants Approximate # Draft Eligible # Draft Picks # NCAA Drafted % NCAA to Major Pro % NCAA to Total Pro
18,816 4,181 60 52 1.2% 21.3%
  • NBA draft data from 2018.  There were 60 draft slots in that year and 52 went to NCAA players (seven others chosen were international players not attending U.S. colleges and one spent a season at a prep school).  Percentage NCAA to Major Pro calculated using the 52 NCAA selections. Since 2008, 11 international players have been drafted on average each year.


  • On 2018-19 opening day NBA rosters, former NCAA Division I players filled 83% of roster spots.  Two NBA players attended non-Division I colleges.  (Source: Jim Sukup, College Basketball News).


  • Data on other professional opportunities in men’s basketball were collected by NCAA staff with the assistance of Marek Wojtera from  Tracking 2018-19 international opportunities for the 2018 draft cohort, it was determined that an additional 839 former NCAA student-athletes played internationally, in the G-League or in the NBA as undrafted players (606 from Division I, 194 from Division II and 39 from Division III) after leaving college; this includes international players who attended NCAA institutions.  These numbers were combined with the NBA draftees to calculate an approximate NCAA to Total Professional opportunities figure (calculated as [52 + 839] / 4,181 = 21%).


  • We estimate that 4.2% of draft-eligible Division I players were chosen in the 2018 NBA draft (52 / 1,230).  However, in total, 53% of draft-eligible Division I players competed professionally (NBA, G-League or internationally) in their first year after leaving college (calculated as [52 + 606] / 1,230). Approximately 17% of draft-eligible players from the five Division I conferences with autonomous governance (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) were drafted by the NBA in 2018 (38 / 228), while 80% played professionally somewhere in their first year post-college (calculated as [38 + 144] / 228).


If you have the ambition to elevate your basketball career we can help.  EliteHoops located in Dallas, TX helps youth basketball players become the best they can be both on and off the court.

Fundamentals: Layup Footwork (no basketball)

Ready position to right hand layup, jumpin goff left foot and driving up the knee
Learn the proper fundamental footwork and mechanics for shooting a layup.

Goal: Master the fundamental footwork and mechanics for properly shooting a layup.

What You Do:

  1. Start in the ‘ready’ (triple-threat) position with no basketball.
  2. Right-hand layup: On coach’s signal, take a step with the right foot, then step with the left foot
  3. Drive your right knee up and jump off the left foot, making a shooting motion with your right hand
  4. Repeat until half court, then turn around and come back doing left-hand layup footwork
  5. Left-hand layup: On the coach’s signal, take a step with the left foot, then step with the right foot.
  6. Drive your left knee up and jump off the right foot, making shooting motions with your left hand.
  7. Repeat until baseline
Left hand and right-hand layup footwork.

The Best Ball Handling Drills for Youth Basketball Players

Two-Ball Dribbling

Over the last 7 years is the deficiency of ball handling skills in many youth basketball players.  A vast majority of youth players can dribble with their dominant (strong) hand, but not with their weak (off) hand. youth basketball performing ball handling drills

This ball handling drill forces kids to do two things:

1. Utilize the off (weak) hand

2. Challenge/Develop their coordination

If a player can dribble two basketballs at the same time, he/she will definitely be able to dribble one very well with either hand.

Intermediate: On the Move Two Ball Dribbling Drill – Same as stationary but now player moves with the ball. Begin walking in a straight line to half court and back using pounds or pistons.

Once mastered, increase the pace and begin to jog.  Only progress to full-speed ball handling when ready.  After the player can do this with ease, begin attempting the crossover, between the legs, and behind the back in a straight line.

ELITE: Players progress to a zig-zag pattern on the move with two basketball. Make sure to plant that outside foot and explode when changing directions. Players can continue to pick up the pace as their skills increase to challenge themselves.

Coaches Tip:   This ball handling drill is not meant to be performed at game speed. The focus should be on form and improvement.