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Basketball Post Up

What is posting up? What positions do post plays in a game? Get ready to learn how to post up in basketball.

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.

Basketball Post Up

Basketball Post

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

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.

Basketball Post Player

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

  1. Get into position at the low post
  2. Look for a setup pass from a teammate
  3. Take advantage of a player mismatch
  4. Create space between the defender and the ball
  5. Shoot the ball

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