Handling the ball quickly and confidently is the basis for practically every basketball skill.
A good catch will also help to keep the opposition away from the ball.
Hold your hands out in front of you with your fingers spread wide, nice and relaxed.
Using the pads of your fingers, your non-shooting hand should find its way onto the side of the ball.
It is important to try and get your shooting hand behind the ball, with the palm facing the front.
This allows you to cushion the ball with your stronger hand and improve your control.
After gaining control of the ball, you will be in a good position to either pass or shoot.
With plenty of practice the ball will become your best friend.