How to do a Duck In Post Move in Basketball

How to do a Duck In Post Move in Basketball


When posting up, the difference between catching the basketball in the paint or two steps off the block can be the difference between scoring the ball or not. The deeper the post-catch is, the better chance the player will have of finishing or getting fouled. One of the ways that you can establish a deep post position is ducking in. A duck in post-move is one of the basketball fundamentals that every player should learn, regardless of size or position. Guards can post up on the block and be used to take advantage of defensive mismatches.

As soon as the ball is passed to the wing, you will try and post up your defender and get as deep of a catch as you can. Learning to be great at this move takes practice and time, but many players have made a living off of being really good at this move. This basketball training video will help teach you how to do the move and some of the tricks and tips to make it work for you.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: How to do a Duck In Post Move in Basketball

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball, 1 pad, and 2-3 partners.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Learn how to duck in and post up the defender to get the basketball in the post.


Coaching Points

  • If you don’t have an extra player/coach to stand at the top of the key to start it out, you can have the person on the wing slap the ball, and when they do, the player can duck in then.
  • A great duck in move requires the player to set up the defender.
  • Act like you are not paying attention, and then duck in as hard as you can. Drive yourself back with your legs as you duck in.
  • Keep your hands high to help prevent the defender from getting around and deflecting the pass.
  • Duck in under control so that the defender cannot pull the chair on you and make you fall back.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • There will be a partner at the top of the key with the ball, a partner on the wing, and one with a pad on the block.
  • The player will start on the block where the pad is and stand straight up.
  • As the ball is in the air being passed from the top of the key to the wing, the player will step across the post defender (partner with pad) and duck in as hard as they can while still under control.
  • Drive yourself back with your legs, catch the basketball, and then rotate your shoulders to the basket and finish.


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2 Responses

  1. I’m trying to be da best all around player and I need to be even better in the post.

  2. “The duck in and seal is an effective way to create space and a scoring opportunity near the rim, especially for post players,” says former high school and collegiate basketball player Jason Ronai.

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