Angle Anticipation Basketball Post Drill

Angle Anticipation Basketball Post Drill


The best post players in basketball understand angles, timing, and positioning. They can read the defense and then exploit their defender. Rather than fighting them for every inch of ground, they use these different tools to accomplish what they are looking to do in the post.

This basketball post drill will allow the post player to read how their defender is guarding them and then use passing angles to help set them up for a high percentage catch and finish. This drill will teach players to play smarter in the post when it comes to gaining a deep position or angle to finish.

With this basketball drill, the player will learn how to anticipate where the ball is going and then set up their defender to either seal them high or low to create a passing lane. There are many different keys and tips for this type of move, and this training video from USC Trojans assistant coach Christ Capko will provide an in-depth breakdown of each of them.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Angle Anticipation Basketball Post Drill

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball, 3 partners, and a blocking pad (0ptional).


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Goals of the Drill

  • Work on the timing of when the post player should duck in and seal.
  • Practice getting a deep position post-catch.
  • Develop a skill for creating angles for a pass and exploiting the post defender’s defense.
  • Work on different post moves and finishes around the basket.
  • It can also be a finishing through contact drill if the dummy defender with the pad chooses to be extra physical with the post player.
  • Provide a game-like post up situation that will allow the player to get plenty of game type post-ups, moves, and finishes.
  • Work on footwork for posting up and sealing the defender with different angles.


Coaching Points

  • The post player needs to time up his/her duck in as the ball is being passed around the perimeter. If it is too early, the post defender will ride them out of a good post position. If it is too late, the entry passer may not be able to feed the ball in because an on-ball defender is harassing them.
  • Make sure that player is getting a deep position catch and not getting ridden out by the defender. The deeper the catch, the higher the percentage the finish is going to be.
  • If the defender is on top, the player must create an angle to the baseline. If the defender is below, the post player must create an angle to the middle.
  • The key is to make sure that the post player isn’t fighting the defender but using their defense against them.
  • Post player should be communicating and letting the passers know where they want the ball.
  • Post players must win the “inside leg race” to make sure that they get the positioning they want.
  • If the post player does get ridden out, they can kick the ball out and then repost for a deeper post-catch.
  • On the catch, if the post defender is completely buried under the basket, the post player can go right up. If not, the post player needs to catch, check their inside shoulder, read the defender (and the help defense in a game), and then make their move.
  • The player needs to be patient in the post and then use the defender’s aggressiveness against themselves.
  • On the duck in, the player needs to stay low and athletic and keep a great seal once you have it. They also need to keep their hands up and provide a larger area to pass to and for the defender to fight around if they choose to go for the steal.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • There will be a passer on the high wing and in the corner, a dummy defender on the block, and the player posting up on the block.
  • The passer at the high wing is going to start with the ball.
  • The dummy defender will fight around the post up and take away the pass from the top passer.
  • When the passer passes the ball to the corner, the offensive post player will duck in hard and seal the dummy defender on the high side.
  • The ball will be entered, and the post player can work on whatever post finish they would like.
  • If the dummy defender can fight over the top of the post player’s seal when the ball goes to the corner, the post player will then look to seal the dummy defender on the low side and call for the pass to go back up to the top passer before being entered in for the finish.


Recommended Time, Scoring, and Repetitions

  • This basketball drill can go for a set number of repetitions, makes, or time. Depending on the level of the player, you will want to increase or decrease these numbers. You could also have one player go through continuously, or if you have multiple players, you could have them rotate through. Just make sure to have the same amount of repetitions on each side of the basket.
  • If you have multiple players, you could turn this into a competition basketball drill and track their scores and play to a certain number.
  • Also, if you have multiple players, you could set it up so that they must play dummy defense before the catch, and then once the ball is entered, it is live. This will allow for players to work against a live defender with their moves.
  • If you want to, you can decide on a set move that you want your post players to be working on for every finish.
  • This could also be a great basketball passing drill if you include your guard players. They can practice recognizing the different passing angles and making a quality entry pass. And, if you want to make it more game-like, add dummy defenders on the guards and have them practice making post-entry passes against active hands.


Angle Anticipation Basketball Post Drill


Angle Anticipation Basketball Post Drill Conclusion

You have most likely heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder,” and this is precisely the mindset that using angles in the post is going to do. Rather than having the offensive post player fight and fight for positioning, they will read the defender and then create an angle for an entry pass. This will allow the offensive post player to save their energy and help them create a much higher percentage scoring chance.

The more a post player can get quality repetitions in a post drill like this, the more they will develop in the post, and the more the game will slow down for them. This drill doesn’t have to just be for traditional post players either; it is also an excellent drill for larger guards. They will be able to use this type of action to take advantage of smaller guard mismatches.



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