Patient Post Ups by Max Sass
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I put together this video last year as a teaching tool for our post players. I wanted to show a number of positive and negative examples of Division 1 players in the post in order to demonstrate a number of key points of emphasis.
Coaching post players could have been a weakness for me, seeing my height — or lack thereof, but in my two years at Bard, I have watched a lot of video and spent a ton of time learning from Coach Turner, who may have the best righty hook shot this side of the Mississippi! Through all of the teaching points and breakdowns that I have absorbed from him, I believe I’ve turned a weakness into a strength.
What Coach or I will do is sit down our post players and watch through the video with them at their pace. I’ll talk them through exactly what is going on and as they seem to pick up more and more, ask them to teach it to me. Each possession, we can pause the clip and figure out if their footwork was correct, if they read the defense properly and what kind of move they made.
The first thing we want our posts to be is patient. We ask our post players to “We-Pivot,” opening their body up to the rest of the court making passes to cutters or shooters available. Simply the player opens up their body at almost a 90 degree angle, with their furthest foot from the hoop as their plant. This way the defender will have more trouble taking space.
Once our post feeder cuts through, we want our post to begin crab-dribbling into the lane while maintaining vision for a double team coming. If that comes, the player should take retreat dribbles to create space and kick to an open player. If no double comes, the player should go into a 1 on 1 move, a number of which are demonstrated throughout the video.
Video is a not a fool proof method by any stretch of the imagination. Game reps and practice is required to master the skills, but having the video as a guide is something I have found to be very helpful for our developing interior players.