This is seriously crazy.
Me: Doke, put the ball in your right hand. Put the ball to the right of your head. Your hand needs to be directly under the ball. Your right elbow needs to be directly under the ball. Now I need you to just push the ball up directly to the ceiling. Don’t touch it with your left hand. No legs or bending.
Doke: That makes no sense. There’s no basket on the ceiling.
Me: Just do it please.
Doke: (multiple reps).
Me: Now, make sure the ball is in the right hand so that it is resting your fingers and the pads of your hand, just under the fingers, but is not touching anywhere below that. Your thumb should touch down to the fist knuckle. (showing Doke).
Doke: Kind of like I’m doing now?
Me: Yes, but much different than you were doing before. This is a real good change you’ve made. Now, shoot to the ceiling 20 more times, elbow pointing at the floor, shoot directly up, don’t touch with your left hand. Again, keep the ball to the right of your head, clear vision to the basket.
Doke: This sucks, but ok. (20 reps)
Me: Now, let’s incorporate your lower body. You know how you’re flexing your knees now? Let’s stick with that. 20 more reps, same thing, but add in the lower body.
Doke: Coach Self knows more than you do.
Me: I know, I’ve been told. I’m a booster now. So if you don’t do the 20 reps, I’ll say I gave you money. Now do the 20 reps.
Doke: Well, you could hold TJ’s jock, but I’ll do the reps.
Me: Now, let’s go over to the this big window. I’ve marked off 15 1/2 feet. Now, what I want you to do is use the exact same motion and form, but shoot to the glass. Importantly, we need to pretend that the ball is a rock and you don’t want to break the glass, but rather, you just want to scratch the glass. Again, all one handed.
Doke: Sounds dumb. But I’d have to shoot it pretty high to scratch the glass on the way down, wouldn’t I?
Me. You would. Soft, too. Let’s try some reps.
Doke: What’s the garbage can there for?
Me: Oh, that’s at 14 1/2 feet. If the ball goes in or hits the garbage can, you run the bleachers.
Doke: More dumbness. What if I don’t do this. I like my way. It feels better. This feels really weird.
Me: Then you won’t play. Coach Self told me to tell you that. By the way, we’re doing this every day for the next month. Enjoy.
I’m not suggesting that this approach would work. But this is really not rocket science.