What is a crossover in basketball dribbling
A crossover dribble is a simply a low, quick bounce in front that allows you to quickly switch momentum and direction so that you can outmaneuver your opponent and drive towards the basketball hoop.
What does it take to do a crossover in basketball dribbling
-Dexterous and agile hands: you need them to maintain excellent control so that you perform the low quick bounce across swiftly as possible without letting the ball slip out of your hands
-Strong and responsive legs: A vital part of the crossover dribble is the ability to act on and counteract on your momentum at the right timing. As soon as you see your defender expose a weak point, which will disappear in a matter of split seconds, you got to attack it.
-Flexible yet sturdy upper-body: This may sound a little contradictory but when you are in motion, your body must move along with the rhythm so that your basketball move look genuine and "sincere." Yet, do not let your body too loose or else you won't be able to control your momentum.
-A deceptive mind: Not only do u have to feign your opponent, but you also have to convince yourself into believing that what you are doing is not a fake, up until the very last moment.
Bear in mind that what makes a crossover ankle busting is the sudden double-change in momentum from forward to the left and to the right (or vice versa)
General step-by-step guide to doing a crossover dribble in basketball
What are the effective basketball moves combination series related to the crossover?
jab-step -> pump-fake -> drive -> crossover
drive -> hesitation -> crossover -> drive -> finger roll
crossover to the left -> drive -> pull-back further to the left -> bank-shot
crossover to the left -> pull-back back to the right -> jumpshot
In what situations do I perform the crossover in basketball dribbling?
About your defender
When your defender bites at every basketball move you do, fake or not
When your defender's stance is always with his hands up and never attempts to steal.
When your defender is physically stronger but you are more agile.
When your defender has weak legs that cannot react to sudden changes in momentum.
About the setting
When there is an open lane to drive towards the basketball hoop after you perform the crossover
When you are at the perimeter area which has a minimizes the risk of a pincer attack
When the paint is not overpopulated
Pros-n-cons about doing a crossover in basketball dribbling