Post Pass – Whole

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series Post Play

Post passing is a pretty easy layer to implement because it falls right in line with perimeter passing actions.  When a player passes to a player in the post, they must cut (high or low) to the basket.  The difference is that the cut may not be a straight line cut.  The cut will depend on where the post is located.  If the post is in the high post, they should cut low.  If the post is in the low post or short corner, they should cut high.  If the post is in the mid post, they have the option of cutting either way.  They should cut to the side that has more space.  The whole picture for most of the layers has been shown from a 5 out alignment.  It is best to have a permanent post player who stays in one spot for teaching this layer.

This is also the first real opportunity to talk about defending post players.  Do we play behind, 3/4 high, 3/4 low, full front?  Where does help come from?  Do we dig?  Do we double from the weak side? Before the catch?  On the catch?  On the dribble?  There may be one philosophy for everyone or it may change from game to game.  Here is where we start talking about defending the post.

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Letting the post move around or asking them to follow the ball may be too much at this point.  It will likely be more effective to keep the post in one spot and let the perimeter players create ball and player movement.  This will simplify things for the post player, and the perimeter players will have specific times when they know they can throw it inside.  They won’t have to force an action.

Perimeter players should be somewhat familiar, if not comfortable, with the previous layers at this point. It would be perfectly acceptable for them to run offense on air for a few actions. Then the coach can stop them when the ball is on the same side as the post, tell them to throw it into the post, and then show the Laker Cut action. This reinforces that the other actions are still important and that now there’s one more to add to their arsenal. The action may not be perfect at this point, but they can have a general idea before they move on to the breakdown.

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