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Basketball Low Post Moves

There are a number of complimentary scoring moves beginning from a position in the low post with the post player’s back to the basket.

Moves beginning to baseline:

  1. Drop step to baseline and dribble drive for power lay up
  2. Drop step to baseline for bank shot
  3. Turn to baseline for bank shot
  4. Turn to baseline and dribble drive for power lay up
  5. Turn to baseline pump fake and dribble drive for power lay up
  6. Turn to baseline pump fake and step through to middle hook shot

On moves beginning to the baseline drop steps are made with the foot closest to the baseline and turns are made with the foot farthest from the baseline.

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Moves beginning to middle:

  1. Drop step to middle and hook shot
  2. Drop step to middle for bank shot
  3. Turn to middle for bank shot
  4. Turn to middle and step for drop in shot
  5. Turn to middle pump fake and step for drop in shot
  6. Turn to middle pump fake (this pump fake is to resemble the beginning of the hook shot) and step through to baseline power lay up

On moves to the middle drop steps are made with the foot farthest from the baseline and turns are made with the foot closes to the baseline. In all cases the foot not used for drop stepping or turning is the pivot foot for the entire move.

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Reading the Defense

After catching the pass the post player’s responsibility is to react to the positions of the nearest defenders. If a defender is making contact with only one side of the post player, then the post player moves quickly to the undefended side (Moves 1, 4, 7, 10 ). If the defender is far enough from the post player, then the post player takes the shortest path to the basket (Moves 1, 4, 7, 10 ). If the defender is slightly away from the defender but between the post player and the basket, then the post player takes the bank shot (Moves 2, 3, 8, 9I). If the defender has been scored upon with the bank shot and appears interested in contesting the next bank shot, then the post player fakes the bank shot and moves past the jumping defender (Moves 5, 6, 11, 12). When the post player dribble drives to the baseline for a power layup one dribble may usually be used because there is usually no double teaming defender approaching from the baseline. When the post player moves to the middle there are often double teaming defenders approaching and so the dribble should rarely be used. If the defender is straight behind the post player the post player may employ either ball fakes (in which the defender is shown a portion of the ball on one side of the post player) or head and shoulder fakes (in which the post player’s head and shoulders are shifted to one side of the post player) to cause the defender to over commit to one of the post player’s sides. Once the defender has over committed to one of the post player’s sides the post player is again able to exploit relative position by moving quickly to the undefended side (Moves 1, 4, 7, 10).

Depending upon the opponent’s team defense some of these moves may be thwarted by double teaming defenders. If this is the case, then the post player passes to the teammate left open by either the double teaming defender or the defensive team’s rotation.

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