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Learning and teaching basketball skills and tactics can be challenging. Executing them in competition can be troubling. Mastering them can be a career-long quest.
Is it possible that a single book can provide all the instruction you need to conquer these basketball roadblocks? First you must know exactly how the skill or tactic is properly performed. Check! Then you need to attempt it again and again, with corrective advice through those trials until you get it right. Check! Next comes practice. Lots of practice, with drills designed to make performance of the skill or tactic efficient and effective. Check!
In Basketball: Steps to Success, Coach Hal Wissel covers the entire progression of technical and tactical development needed to become a complete player. From essential footwork to key principles of defense, this guide details the skills and tactics needed to excel in today’s game. Shooting off the catch and creating shots off the dribble, running two- and three-player offensive plays, and many more topics in the book will prepare players to succeed in every situation on the court.
Key to Diagrams
Step 1 Footwork
Step 2 Passing and Catching
Step 3 Dribbling
Step 4 Shooting
Step 5 Shooting off the Catch
Step 6 Creating Your Shot off the Dribble
Step 7 Scoring in the Post
Step 8 Rebounding
Step 9 Fast Break
Step 10 Two- and Three-Man Plays
Step 11 Team Offense
Step 12 Team Defense
About the Author
Dr. Hal Wissel has a wealth of experience in the National
Basketball Association as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks,
Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, and New Jersey Nets. Hal was
also director of player personnel with the Nets and scout and special
assignment coach with the Milwaukee Bucks.
As a collegiate head coach, Wissel compiled more than 300 wins. He
turned losing programs at Trenton State College and Lafayette College
into conference and division champions, respectively. Wissel led Florida
Southern College to four straight trips to the NCAA Division II
tournament and three straight trips to the Division II final four (’80,
’81, and ’82), winning the Division II national championship in 1981.
Wissel coached Fordham University into the 1972 NIT Tournament and also
coached the Dominican Republic national team in 1975.
Wissel founded Basketball World and CoachWissel.com, instructional
ventures featuring basketball camps, clinics, books, and DVDs.
Basketball World’s highly successful Shoot It Better Mini Camps are
conducted worldwide for players from youth level to NBA and WNBA level.
Wissel received a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College, a master’s
degree from Indiana University, and a doctorate in physical education
from Springfield College. Wissel’s best-selling book Basketball:
Steps to Success has been translated into eleven languages. Wissel
is also the author of Becoming a Basketball Player: Individual Drills,
which has been made into a DVD. Wissel has also produced five basketball
Wissel’s honors include being named Coach & Athlete
magazine’s Eastern Coach of the Year in 1972; Sunshine State Conference
Coach of the Year (’79, ’80, and ’81); and Division II National Coach of
the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1980.
Wissel has been inducted into the Florida Southern College Athletic Hall
of Fame, the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame, and the New England
Basketball Hall of Fame.
Hal and his wife, Trudy, reside in Suffield, Connecticut, and have five
grown children and one granddaughter.
"Hal Wissel demonstrates to the world why he is recognized as one of
America's top-rated basketball clinicians. This book is a must-read for
players and coaches at all levels of play."
Hubie Brown -- Basketball Hall of Fame, two-time NBA Coach of the
Year, NBA Analyst for ESPN, ABC and NBA TV
"Hal Wissel is an outstanding teacher and has many years of
experience coaching and scouting in the NBA. He knows what he's talking
and writing about. This book will help players improve and help coaches
Phil Jackson -- Basketball Hall of Fame, 11-time NBA Champion
"Hal Wissel shows you ways to build your own confidence. Coach Wissel
helped me understand my own shot and become my own best coach."
Pau Gasol -- Player Los Angeles Lakers, NBA All-Star
"Hal Wissel's personalized teaching helped me improve my free-throw
shooting, three-point shooting, and post-up ability."
Dale Ellis -- Former NBA All-Star, ranks fifth in NBA career
three-point shots made, career .403 three-point percentage
“Hal Wissel helped me improve my field-goal percentage and
three-point percentage, and his training led to my shooting over 40
percent on three-pointers for four consecutive seasons.”
Mike Miller -- Miami Heat, Former USA National Team Member