This basketball move is one of the more common cuts. The V-Cut can help players get open for a pass.
As a defender is breathing down your neck, you try to get open to receive a pass from your teammate. But no matter which way you go, the defender is there.
That’s when you need the right moves to get free. An effective way to get open on the wing or on the perimeter against a pressure defense is the V-Cut.
To properly V-Cut:
As you get open, look for the pass. Square your body to the basket in your athletic, triple-threat position.
Remember to walk toward the basket with your hands high. If you make contact with the defender, you can avoid pushing off and being called for a foul.
To practice the V-Cut, set up cones in the shape of a “V” starting and ending at the perimeter.
Never let pressure defense stop you from getting open on the perimeter. Utilizing the V-Cut can help to create space so you can receive the pass.
Once you receive the pass, it can be crucial to have the right moves to finish near the basket. The X-Out Layup drill can help players learn to finish strong underneath the hoop.