Basketball Passing: Post Entry

Using a variety of post entry passes can lead to points in the paint for your team’s forwards and centers.

When your team needs a basket, sometimes the easiest option is to get the ball to the post player and let them work their magic.

But to do so, you’ll first need to use an accurate post entry pass to get it past the defense.

The post entry is when you pass the ball to a teammate who is posting up near the basket. This pass can come from anywhere on the perimeter.

There a few ways to perform a post entry pass, depending on how the defense is playing. The goal is to pass the ball to your teammate in a spot that makes it most challenging for the defense to deflect or intercept the pass.

  • If the defender guarding your teammate is playing on the high side up the lane, you should attempt to make all of your entry passes to your teammate’s hand closest to the baseline and away from the defender.
  • If the defender plays on the low side, you adjust the direction of your pass.

There are three different passes you can use for the post entry.

AIR PASS

This pass is through the air without a bounce and should be thrown to your post player above their head where they can reach up and catch with one or two hands. It should be thrown on the opposite side of where the defender is guarding.

  • It’s best to execute this pass when your defender’s hands are low. This helps make it unlikely that they’ll deflect or intercept the pass.
  • If the defender’s hands are up, you need to put a mixture of arch and speed on the ball to get it over their hands without giving other opponents time to step in to deflect or intercept the pass.

BOUNCE PASS

The bounce pass is made with one bounce to your teammate. It should be thrown so that the ball bounces up to approximately waist height, making it easy for your teammate to receive the pass.

If your defender is directly in between you and your teammate, keep one foot planted and step wide with the other while passing the ball around your defender. This step is meant to open the passing lane so you can avoid your pass being defended.

This pass is easiest to execute when your defender has their hands higher within their defensive stance so you can bounce pass the ball low.

FAKE-AND-MAKE PASS

This pass can be best when your on-ball defender is being aggressive. In this situation, you’ll fake a pass to make a pass.

  • One option is to fake an overhead pass in order to get your defender to raise their hands high before quickly switching and throwing a bounce pass to your teammate.
  • A second option is to fake a bounce pass to get your defender to bring their hands low before quickly switching and throwing an overhead to your teammate.

Remember: Fake high to pass low; fake low to pass high.

Executing an effective post entry pass is a key to having success either scoring the ball from the post or running an offense around the post play.

Looking to put some more work in on your passing? Check out these four drills that can be beneficial for players at every level.