Read, Counter, and Automatics

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Quickly identifying the defensive strategy and countering is best done with recognition training in practice. IF – THEN is drilled with constant repetition where each player understands his responsibility in any given set.

Hedge: Splitting the hedge can be an effective tool but is easier said than done. Much of the responsibility lies with the screener. If the screener is slow to his position and allows the player defending the screener to stay attached to his man than that allows him to be in better position for the hedge. But if, within the system, the team has a pick the picker strategy that frees up the screener, it may force the defender to adopt another tactic such as level or switch. Or perhaps he’ll be late on the hedge and attempt to follow through on his job, disconnected from the screener, makes him more prone to the counter, such as splitting. Another counter for the hedge could be dragging out the hedge to force rotations. Whether the set is run with a rolling big and then a replace or  a spread set or the action calls for more of a pick and pop philosophy, dragging out the hedge where the ball attempts to force the hedge to commit as far away from his next responsibility, whether that be a man or an area, as possible.

Another possibility, within the system, is where the screener sprints to the ball screen from an area on the floor flat on the baseline. A rub screen, cross screen, back pick or early action, followed immediately by the screener sprinting to the ball makes it very difficult for the defender to be in proper position for the hedge. If the defender has to bump or defend a step in or show for a back pick and then be attached to a screener some 25 feet away on the floor after a full sprint, even an agile big man like Noah with Chicago would struggle to consistently be in hedge position after this type of action. Obviously quickness and ball handling ability, with a quick change of speed and direction is quintessential to the process. A ball handler that has the ability to take his defender down to the depth of the screen and force his man to choose between an under or trail position must happen first before the player defending the screener will need to help. Over the course of a game, teams have tendencies offensively and defensively. Each reading the other’s tendencies looking to counter. Often a team will be very good at one but less effective at another. Much of this can be determined in advanced scouting looking at player and team tendencies.

This has been a look at reading and countering the hedge with some automatics built in the system designed to counteract the defensive approach. In the weeks to come we’ll spend more time looking at other actions and defensive strategies.

Coach Terrell is the only person to have led teams in the first division in the professional leagues of Latin America, North America, Europe, and China. He has also given coaching seminars around the World for coaches of all levels. Please do not hesitate to contact us using the link above or directly at

4 continents – 1 purpose


God has been blessing me. I received 2 offers in Latin America and a really good opportunity in Europe with a German club. I’ve also had several conversations about returning to Romania, staying in Mexico, or going back to China next year. My ultimate goal is to work my way onto an NBA staff and work my way up from there. But now, I am focused on seeing my club perform at a high level as the Head Coach and Sports Director of Fuerza Guinda de Nogales for the 2014 Season. I’ll look at the possibilities in the Summer and make a decision about the 2014-2015 Season. Speak it into existence, give it your heart and soul and God will bless you abundantly, in JESUS name Amen.

Championship character defines a winner


Team building begins by developing a strong understanding between each individual member that is based on trust and communication. When people feel like everything is open and an ongoing dialogue detailing their role to the greater good of the group is communicated, then they are more likely to sacrifice individual goals for team accomplishments. Phil Jackson once said “Approach the game with no preset agendas and you will be surprised at your overall efforts”. The 11 time NBA champion understood that each game is different and that teams will focus in on a particular player and/or match-up and that the most direct course to team success was attacking in areas that are not a focus of the opponent. Each player does his part and allow the defense to dictate the open man, the high quality chance. Aristotle also noted “The whole is always greater than the sum of it’s individual parts.”

Top 40 confirmed for Halifax Rainmen Minicamp


We have 40 of the top free agents currently available coming to Dallas on September 28th at the JCC in North Dallas. I want to reach out to the basketball community: Player reps, team reps, coaches, managers, team owners, and scouts, this will be an excellent opportunity to see the best of the best in one convenient location served by two major airports in the middle of the country and access to both coasts. If you are interested in finding that top level player for your club or meeting and getting to know many of the more respected people in the industry for networking purposes, send a message by using the “contact us” button above.

Halifax Rainmen expect sold out Metro Centre

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11,000 (ELEVEN THOUSAND) expected for the Rainmen Basketball preseason home opener on October 27 against the Island Storm. Do not miss a second of theHalifax Rainmen run to the 2013-2014 NBL Canada Championship presented by Eastlink. To Purchase tickets visit  / call toll free 1-877-451-1221 or Visit the Ticket Atlantic Box Office at the Halifax Metro Centre or any Atlantic Superstore Outlet. Thanks for your support! Share! RT! #HalifaxRainmen

Rainmen announce 22 players invited to MiniCamp

dwalyn The Halifax Rainmen have announced the selected players for the team’s minicamp being held later this month. The team has confirmed the participation of 22 players to date. There will be a few more names added to the list over the next 7 days. Here is the list of those that have been chosen to come to workout for the NBL Canada club. A final list of 40 players will be distributed to the scouting departments of those that have expressed an interest in attending.

Dwalyn Roberts (6’7”-F-89, college: Texas Tech) Athletic 6’7 forward starred at Texas Tech 7ppg, signed to Wurfen in Germany after attending Eurocamp Dallas in 2012.
Tony Omotayo (6’5”-F-85, college: Ft.Valley St.) All-UBA Import Player of the Year 2012
Dallas Hunter (6’5”-G-87, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) Athletic 6’5 forward played for the ABA Finalist North Dallas Vandals
Gage Daye (6’2”-G-89, college: Bloomfield) averaged 24ppg in college and was a double figure scorer in the NBA D-League
Anthony Simmons (6’8”-F) was 2nd in Univ All-time FG% (65.9%) and All-Conference 1st Team at Xavier
Warren Christian (6’7”-F, college: Lock Haven) Collegiate double-double machine was 7th in the Nation in Blocks
Terry Martin (6’7”-F-89, college: Wofford) Avg 42ppg for Shizouka, 22ppg for Atlanta Blaze
Derrick Webster (6’3”-PG) double figure scorer at Angelo State, 20ppg Georgia BearCats
Liki Turner (6’5”-F-89, college: Francis Marion) All-Conference at FMU, 24th nationally with 10 double-doubles averaging 18ppg
Raymond Davis (6’4”-G, college: Winthrop) 3rd Team All-UBA Playoff as the 2011 UBA Finalist
Bernard Rimmer (6’8”-F/C-85, college: N.Georgia) Very athletic and quick 6’8 that avg 18ppg in Uruguay and 15ppg in Spain
Cortney Smith (6’6″ -F) Power forward played for Moncton Miracles NBL 2012
Ameer Ali (6’5”-G/F-87, college: Morgan St.) 38% 3 point shooter that helped his team win the MEAC tourney twice
David Perez (6’3”-G-89, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: La-Lafayette) averaged 15ppg for Centenary connecting for 40% of his 3s before transferring to LA-Lafayette
Stephen Thomas (6’1”-G-88) 11ppg and 40% from 3 at IUPUI and Summit League All-Newcomers Team
Jarmorris Wilks (6’2”-G) 18ppg with the Chicago Fury
Marquise Rudolph (6’0”-PG) Mid-East Region 1st Team was top 5 in conference in steals, scoring, and assists
Tyrone Hanson (6’7”-G/F-87, college: Jackson St.) Big wingman averaged 14ppg at Jackson State shooting 40% from 3
Delvin Franklin (6’2”-G, college: Florida Gulf Coast) UBA All-Rookie 1st Team in 2012 averaging 23ppg and 39% from 3
Issa Avery 50% 3 point shooter from IBA-PBL
Robbie Jackson (7’0”-C-85, college: UMBC) Powerful 7 foot Center that played for Gotha in Germany
Nolan Dennis (6’5”-G-90, college: Baylor) #1 Ranked Player in the State of Texas from Baylor has good SAQ

2013 Halifax Rainmen Mini-Camp and Team Tryout


The Halifax Rainmen of the National Basketball League of Canada are proud to announce an invitation only event that will feature some of the higher level free agent talent currently available on the market. The Halifax Rainmen are a founding member of the NBL and play their home games at the Metro Centre, an 11,000 seat arena located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The club has 9 imports on their roster and each Summer goes out to find the next group of high level talent currently available on the market. The mini camp will be limited to the top 40 players, invitation only please.

Flying in? Roundtrip specials including hotel are available on expedia. Discounted rates start from $187 (Chicago, Atlanta among others).

You may request invitation by forwarding your professional resume and video links to us by email:

What: 2013 Halifax Rainmen Mini Camp

When: Saturday September 28th, 2013 (10am – 4pm) (registration forms will be made available beginning at 9:30am) All-Stars will be chosen and play from 4pm-6pm on an NBA length court at the facility.

Where: Jewish Community Center – Medical City Health and Fitness Complex- 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230 (off of 75 in North Dallas, just north of Royal, west of the access road on Northaven Rd)

Cost: $5 USD at the door is a required contribution to the JCC – $189.00 USD must be paid in advance by paypal once you have received your invitation (do not register and process your paypal payment until you have received a written invite)

What’s included: All team coaching staff and personnel will be on hand to view performance and ability. Additional representatives will also be on hand, as well as an open invitation to coaches, managers, scouts, agents and others in the basketball industry to come and find the top available talent for their clubs. This is a great opportunity to be seen and known by top level domestic and international coaches. The morning will include combine work, skills, and drills. Afternoon and evening will be games with referees. 40 players will participate in a minimum of 3 games each, running 40 minute clock, on the smaller practice courts, side by side, 2 games at a time from 12pm-4pm. The top 32 players will be chosen as all-stars and form 4 teams of 8 players each that will then play one game each on an NBA length court from 4pm-6pm. Participation in the event will be noted on your official eurobasket profile as well as All-Stars selected. The resume would state: 2013 NBL Canada Halifax Rainmen Mini-Camp All-Star if chosen as one of the top 32 players at the event. Beyond that, this is your chance to compete for an opportunity to be chosen to be signed to a professional playing contract with the Halifax Rainmen of the National Basketball League of Canada.

Special Paypal note: If your payment method is not directly linked to your account in your name then you must note the name of the person who has been invited and the name of the person on that credit card or debit card that was used so that we know that payment for you has been received. Also note your confirmation number for your records, and contact us by using the contact us form above to confirm payment information has been complete along with that confirmation number. Should you have any other questions, do not hesitate to write us. Thank you for your interest in the 2013 Halifax Rainmen Mini-Camp and Team Tryout!

Salary ranges for the top league in Canada range from a minimum of $1600 and can in some instances can go into the $4000-$5000 a month range for proven high level professional players. It in many ways competes with much of mid-level Europe but gives players and coaches an opportunity to work closer to home in a league that is very professional and due to strong fan bases, sponsors, and an association of strong owners has helped ensure that every player on every team has received every salary payment. With the economic turmoil that many countries abroad are currently faced with, it gives higher level pros an opportunity to live and work in a safe environment, closer to home and NBA scouts, where they can count on their business being handled in a prompt and professional manner. Many of the games are regionally telecast and all games are available to view online by teams around the World.

This is an invitation ONLY event. (28) spots remain. You may request invitation by forwarding your professional resume and video links to us by email: The contact us link is also shown above. Once you have received proper invitation, you may then register as one of 40 select higher level players looking to take their professional careers on to a job opportunity with the Halifax Rainmen of the NBLC. Do not register and make a payment for this event, until you have received written confirmation of your invitation.  A one time fee of $189.00 US Dollars can be paid by paypal. Cash or check the day of the event will not be accepted. This is to ensure that all 40 spots in this preseason event are filled with high level players and that someone who may not be able to participate does not take the spot of another high level player who could. Thank you.

NOTE: Once you have received invitation, a paypal invoice will be sent to you by email.


The Jewish Community Center – Medical City Health and Fitness Complex - 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230


                            The Ramada Dallas North

  • Address: 8102 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75251
    Phone:(972) 239-5275
    From AirportDFW: Take North exit out of DFW Airport to I-635 East. Stay on I-635, LBJ Freeway and exit at Coit Road. Go straight and cross over Coit Road. Continue on the Frontage Road, the hotel is located on the right.
    Conveniently located 2 miles from the JCC at 635/Coit.

    Hotel class: 3 stars with room rates beginning at $54


Terrell named new Head Coach of Halifax Rainmen

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The Halifax Rainmen announced today that they had signed Chris Terrell as their new Head Coach. Terrell also has led 1st division clubs on several continents including time in Latin America, Asia in China’s top league (CBA), and also 1st division FIBA Europe the past two seasons in Romania. Terrell was also seen participating as a Coach at this Summer’s Eurobasket Las Vegas.
Halifax plays their home games at the 11,000 seat Halifax Metro Centre and announced today that Terrell would lead the club this season. Halifax is one of nine clubs that make up Canada’s top league. All nine play their games in large arenas that also play home to a professional hockey team. Canada, with 9 imports per team, is quickly becoming a very respected FIBA league competing for the right to sign several good players that might otherwise consider opportunity in mid-level Europe. With it’s obvious geographic advantages, just to the North of the American border, and strong financial backing, many imports are choosing to stay closer to home. With top International coaches like Coach Terrell, there now is another reason to do so. (Courtesy of Eurobasket)

Take your game to the highest level

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Skill development – Player training sessions offered with rates beginning as low as $200 USD per hour. Minimum 2 hour session for Dallas area. 2 sessions of 2 hours each for Domestic (48 states). 3 days of 2 sessions per day of 2 hours each for International. Please add the cost of round trip flight and hotel accomodations (3 star or better) for Domestic and International. Take your game to the highest level.

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