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A Dose of My Post

Posted in New Posts, News on February 7th, 2011 by Troy Miles

Post play isn’t just for the the “Bigs”. It’s for any player who finds himself or herself at a certain location on the floor.  The ideal spot  for post position is just above the box, 45 degrees from the basket.

This area allows access to the basket on either side of the defender (potentially), without concern for a three seconds violation. Equally important, this angle also preserves access to the backboard in either direction. Backboard use in the post area creates a myriad of scoring opportunities and will increase your overall effectiveness around the basket.

Naturally, any smart defender will fight to keep you out of these prime areas. In fact, most will attempt to move you to a spot further away from the basket and work to deny you the ball. Your job is to create a safe passing route to receive the ball- at whichever post position. It helps to start your assault (to post position) lower than where you expect to receive the ball.

Once there, be adamant in your desire to receive the ball. Sometimes that’s what it takes to prompt your teammate to deliver the pass (with certainty).

Make a target (usually hand high) opposite of the defender’s pressure. If the defender stays on the top-side, “seal” him until the ball passes over his head. Once it passes his head, you’ll be able to retrieve the ball.

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