Basketball High And Low Post Offense

Basketball High and Low Post

Basketball High Post Offense

The high post in basketball is an area on the court at the elbows of the key by the free-throw line. A high post offense refers to at least one player standing in the high post area and receiving a pass. Usually, this means one forward or center is in the high post and the offense will flow through them. The high post also often provides easy jump shot opportunities for open offensive players. High post plays will usually have the word “high” in the title.

Basketball Low Post Offense

The low post in basketball is an area on the court by the block and near the basket. An offensive player will be in the low post, and the offense will flow through this player in the low post. It is easy for an open offensive player to do a layup from the low post, so this is a key scoring area. As with high post plays, a low post play will often be indicated by the word “low” somewhere in its title.

High-Low Post

Coaches often combine high post and low post concepts to create more structured offensive movements that allow for greater options. These are called high-low post plays.

Designing offenses around a high or low post can confuse the defense by focusing the collective attention of the defense onto one part of the floor. The offense will present opportunities for the high- or low-post player to score themselves or pass to teammates based on specific actions such as screens, handoffs, or cuts near the post-up player.


What is the high low in basketball?

Also known as hi-lo, a high low is an offensive tactic when a player in the high post passes the ball to an open player in the low post, creating a scoring opportunity. A high low is usually executed by a power forward passing to a center.