With the NBA Draft around the corner, there have been plenty of good articles published lately about this year’s prospects. The piece linked below is about Purdue guard Dakota Mathias who enjoyed a decorated 4-year career despite being a relatively no-name recruit. Good stuff in here on Mathias’ film study (and how it helped him shut down Arizona’s Allonzo Trier), how Purdue coach Matt Painter came to value him for his passing as much as shooting, and how Mathias, a two-time All-Defense selection, went about defending bigger players like Big 10 Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State). A detailed description of the shooting drill conducted by the Raptors is beneath the link.
The film room was equally important for Mathias’s career. In addition to stretching opposing defenses, Purdue often tasked him with guarding opponent’s premier offensive weapons. “He put more time in than other people,” Painter says. “He was religious in his ability to kind of figure out things through film to help him out there on the court.”
Raptors Draft Workout Shooting Drill: Player starts at halfcourt with a coach on one end with a ball and a coach on the other end. 2:30 on the clock. All 3-pointers are worth 3 and layups are worth 2. As the clock starts, the player sprints to one corner for a catch & shoot 3 (pass from coach). As soon as he shoots, he sprints up the sideline to the other end for a shot in the corner. After shooting, the player then sprints to take a 3 from the wing. Other end. Top of key is next then wing then corner (10 catch & shoot 3’s). As soon as the last corner 3 is taken, the player sprints to the opposite wing, but instead of a catch & shoot 3, he gets a pass at around halfcourt and dribbles into a 3. He then turns towards the other end for a wing 3. Top of key (x2), Wing (x2). As soon as he takes his sixth dribble-into 3, he will take full-court layups for the remainder of time (2 points for each make). As mentioned in the article, Mathias’ score was 53. The record supposedly is 57.