As a post player, you need to be comfortable playing near the basket.
An area you should get familiar with is the low block. You can identify this area by the two rectangles located on either side of the paint near the basket. These areas are often used when drawing up plays.
By working on your low block post moves, you can have a chance to score some clutch points for your team.
“As a post player, you want to be able to play in the low block with your back to the basket,” says Suzie McConnell-Serio, a former coach and player at both the professional and Division I level.
Positioning is important with these post moves. Your baseline foot should be above the block. This allows you to go to either the middle or the baseline when attempting to score.
You’ll also need to face up. Your back is to the basket to start. However, you’ll need to be square to the basket with your feet, hips and shoulders once you pivot.
The first move you can work on is the reverse pivot. This move will allow you to face the basket and attack from either the middle or the baseline.
To perform the reverse pivot:
- Establish a pivot foot.
- Face up by turning your body to the basket and your opponent.
- Rip the ball through.
- Get to the basket.
When the defender stays with you through the reverse pivot, you may need to use a counter. This can allow you to go to either the paint or the baseline for a scoring opportunity.
To perform the counter:
- Perform the reverse pivot.
- Jab the ball either to the baseline or middle.
- Use a crossover dribble to the opposite direction.
- Attack the basket.
“There are so many moves you can make on the block as a post player,” McConnell-Serio says. “This is just one move where you can attack the basket from a face-up position.”
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