Play with the ball

Once the low post player has the ball, there are two options:

  • If there is a free path to the basket, it moves fast and throws;
  • If there is no free path to the basket, put "chin on shoulder" and take the time to LOOK.

The two biggest mistakes young players make is to bounce as soon as they get the ball and lower their heads, thus losing the perspective of what is happening.

When taking time to look (quickly), the post player may observe:

  • The position of the defender (especially that of his feet);
  • The position and movements of the other defenders;
  • The position of his teammates.

An important skill is to make passes from the low post and all players must develop a specific ability to pass from this position:

  • Short passes with one hand to players who cut into the basket (including stinging passes);
  • Pass with one hand or two hands to players in the perimeter. These passes are typically pulled from shoulder height and must be powerful and flat;
  • Pass Feints: to make defenders move and potentially create a free pass.

Above all, players must be able to pass passes with one hand and the other.

Specific post movements


The position of the defender's feet will give a low player an indication of what to do:

If the defender's feet are higher than the post player (as shown) - go baseline!


Similarly, if the defender's feet are low - go to the middle!

If the post player is standing back, so that the post player could not step past (with a reverse pivot), the post player should simply face the basket!

(English) Finish to one side, with chin on shoulder (to have the defender in sight), slightly twist the waist and shoulder. Keep the head so that it does not exceed the foot to maintain the balance. Regardless of whether the post player goes towards the middle (the defender is behind) or towards the bottom line (the defender is ahead), there are two methods to do it:

  1. Front Pivot: This is an explosive step and is most effective when there are no other defenders in the area (three seconds). To move to the left, the left foot is the pivot foot, and takes a quick step with the right foot. The ball is thrown and the boat must hit the ground while the right foot touches the ground. Typically, post players use this move to go straight to the basket.
  2. Drop step: this is a reverse pivot. For example, to move to the right, the post player uses the left pivot foot. Upon passing the defender, the post player makes a quick pot between the legs and then jumps towards the basket. The boat is made with both hands, with as much power as possible, the player catches the ball in the air and falls in a time ("stop at a time").

If you use a drop step to go to the baseline, the post player must end in front of this line and protect the ball from any help defender. If you move towards the middle, you should look at the opposite side line and, again, protect the ball with your elbows open.

The movement is then finished looking at the basket, jumping and throwing the ball. It may be possible to throw it in a tray (especially if the post player headed towards the bottom line), or it may be necessary to jump and throw a "hanging hook". The suspension hook is made by raising the ball straight to the throwing side with both hands, and extend the arms fully directly over the ear.