Basketball Post Up
The term post up in basketball refers to a player, typically the center, moving to the low post for an easy layup, dunk, or jump shot. When the center posts up, he rotates his body away from the defender to prevent a steal or block.
The posts in basketball are two spots in the paint on the court. The posts are known as the high post and low post and are used by the post player to post up.
Basketball Post Player Positions
In basketball, the power forward and center positions are known as post players. Centers and power forwards are great shooters and are usually the tallest players on the team.
This height advantage is one of the reasons centers and power forwards make great post players. Posting up plays are designed to take advantage of mis-match and a smaller, weaker defender.
You can learn more about the center and power forward positions in
Low Post Players
The center and power forward are known as low post players because they spend the majority of their time at the low post on the court. Low post players are great at getting rebounds, blocks, and making layups, dunks, hook shots, and jump shots near the hoop.
How To Post Up
If you want to learn how to post up, you've come to the right place. Follow these steps to be an effective post player
- Get into position at the low post
- Look for a setup pass from a teammate
- Take advantage of a player mismatch
- Create space between the defender and the ball
- Shoot the ball
REMEMBER: You will be called for a paint violation if you spend more than three seconds in the paint. Make sure you move out of the paint every so often.