The V Cut

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In this video, you will learn a V-cut to get away from a defender in order to receive the ball.

You can find more hints on avoiding defenders in our other tutorials in the basketball series. Check them out!

The V cut is a useful skill to learn in order to free yourself from defenders and help your teammates by being free to receive the ball.

Adam Simmons - "Long Rhode Home", "Piano Hop", "Tang-A-Lang"
Published by Alter K
Voiced by Xavier Gianni

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In this video, you will learn to do a "V" cut, also known as a simple cut. Cutting allows you to trick a defender following you, so that you can receive the ball.

To do a V cut, follow these three steps: moving slowly towards the basket, Blocking the defender, and Sprinting suddenly.

First, moving slowly towards the basket.

Start from one side of the basket, over the three-point line. It is in this situation that V cuts are most commonly used during games.

Move slowly towards the basket so that your defender follows you.

Secondly, blocking the defender.

When you get close to the key, put your foot down between your opponent's and stay turned towards the ball so that you can see it at all times.

Block them by putting your arm over your opponent so that you have your back to them.

If the area in which you can receive a pass is limited, you can also put your forearm on their chest without pushing them.

Thirdly, sprinting suddenly.

Push off with the foot closest to the basket to dash away from your opponent.

Sprint to get back quickly to your initial position.

Call immediately for the ball with your hands to receive it behind the three point line.

One of your teammates can use the space you've created to pass you the ball.

Changing your pace is essential- if you don't speed up, it will be easy for your opponent to follow you.

Once you've got the ball, you should have a short time to shoot, dribble or pass the ball to a teammate. Over to you!

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