here is a secret from the community park king - do not watch the ball ! conventional teaching says that the split step is taken just before the opp makes contact, and you are supposed to be in the air when the opp makes contact. so - if you focus on his footwork, and use peripheral vision just to make sure you don't wiff on the ball.... then you can basically hold the shot and fire when he lands flat footed. it takes some practice to play this way... but give it a try you will see how awkward your opp become... he will move like a drunken sailor. conventional wisdom is to really watch the ball, there is no way you can be aware what the opp is doing, and usually he ends up split stepping on the perfect beat. now, I am not talking about when you are scrambling like mad... I am saying any ball that you have a split second to spare, then use it to hold the shot.