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Basketball Post Play:
Developing Posting-Up Skills



To develop solid basketball post play, your drills need to reflect real playing situations as much as possible. These are two great basketball post drills that should be included in practices on a recurring basis, particularly at the beginning of the season when players are working on the basics. Especially if you are blessed with some strong big men, and you want to utilize that advantage, these two drills will help your post men develop their abilities to get free of their defensive men and get to the ball, and put points on the basketball scoreboard.


This post drill focuses on positioning in the low post, on the low post man opening up a passing lane for the wing to get the ball in to him.


Basketball Post Play: How to Position

  • The post man must always be above the box - preferably between the box and the second hash mark on the foul lane - so he is only one step away from the hoop and can move either direction to score

  • Post man's knees flexed, elbows up, feet wide - for stability

  • Always give a target for a pass

  • If being guarded from behind, maintain stance - knees flexed, base wide, elbows up - give a target for the pass and move slightly toward the ball when the pass comes

  • If being fronted, turn sideways, maintain contact with the defensiove player - leg and hip against his, arm against his back - and give the target far inside, looking for a lob pass

  • If guarded on the side, position the same as if being fronted, except set up beside the defensive man. When the pass comes in, move toward the ball and shield it with your body.


Developing Basketball Post Play: The 4-Man Posting-Up Drill


This post-up drill focuses on the post player trying to get open for the pass from one of the wings or possibly the point.

  • The ball is passed around the top, from one wing to the point, to the other wing - don't have players skip the point. Start without defense on the wings and point, but later you can add in defense - not to contest passes between wing and point, but to make the passes into the post player more difficult.

  • The post player fights to gain position against his defensive player, utilizing the advice above, moving from side to side as the ball is swung back and forth.

  • Once the post player gets the ball, he should use either a drop step or baby hook to score immediately
4 Man Basketball Post Play Drill

Developing Basketball Post Play: The 5-Man Posting-Up Drill


This post-up drill is similar to the 4-man posting-up drill above, except you have two post players trying to get open for the pass from outside, and they can play off each other.

  • Again, the ball is passed around the top, from one wing to the point, to the other wing. Again, you can add in defense later - not to contest passes between wing and point, but to make the passes into the post player more difficult.

  • This time, have the two post men use screens, pick 'n rolls, there own inside moves to get free and open up a passing lane. When one of them gets the ball, he immediately tries to score and all players in the post rebound.
5 Man Basketball Post Play Drill


These are good drills for developing realistic basketball post play, setting the post men against game-like situations and allowing them to work on their positioning as well as their inside moves with the ball. On the defensive side, it's a good defensive drill for the post defenders as well. On top of that, it is good passing practice for the outside men. A good drill, but a busy one - there is lots for the coach to watch!



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