Post Player Skill Development Drills

Clinic Notes from:


These are some of the notes presented by Brian James at last spring’s PGC/Glazier Basketball coaching Clinic in Chicago. Brian is an assistant on the men’s staff at Northwestern.

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Post Player Development Drills

Defensive Rebound and Clear vs. Double Team

Post player starts at the elbow
2 coaches/managers/players with Air dummies under basket
Coach throws ball off glass and post player rebounds as high as possible
Once he lands, players with dummies push him
Post takes one dribble and throws ball to wing (outlet)

Can add:
Player pivots for 5 seconds while being hit with pads before passing to outlet
Blockout, or Hit and Get (chuck your player, then go get the rebound)

Scoring vs. Resistance Band

Player with resistance band around waist, coach with resistance band around back
Another Coach with air dummy
Player must score 3 times against band and pads
Go twice on both sides of the floor

Diamond Speed Dribble into Score



Diagrams created with FastDraw

Cones 15 feet apart
Time this drill.
Start and finish behind baseline.
Score the layup before finishing across the baseline.
Each player goes twice one way and then twice, going the opposite direction around the cones.


Post Player Shooting/Scoring Drills

Work against air dummies and EAT Pads,
Work on post seal swim move
When posting, straddle the line above the block–that allows for baseline cut by passer.
Post players need 3 moves–a go to, a counter, and one other.
Work in pairs to push each other.
When a post player is guarded by a bigger player, he/she should turn and face the defender. Get to the middle of the lane and look to utilize a spin move.
Use power 2 foot layup with a defender, when there is no defense, score on a one foot layup

Shooting Drills they use with their bigs:
(They must make 5 for 7 on both sides of the floor for each drill before they move on to the next)
You will want to change the drills/spots to fit your needs, but have a standard that they must meet before moving onto the next drill or spot. Shoot 2 free throws after making 5 of 7 and before moving on to the next spot.

Work against air dummies or EAT pads.

1. Screen, Slip, Score.
2. Windshield Wiper Catch and shoot Mid Range Shots. Vary the spot on the floor, but the idea is like the elbow to elbow windshield wiper shooting drills (shoot from one elbow, move to the other elbow shoot, then back to the first elbow)
3. Transition Drag Screen and Pop or Roll Shooting Drill. They teach their post players to pop their feet when they land when setting a ball screen to avoid moving and illegal screens. That also cues the dribble to use the screen.


Note: Northwestern likes to set their drag screens like the 5 screen in the diagram, not the 4 screener. They feel it helps their guard with the basketball get downhill quicker.

4. 3 Post Moves for each player (go to, counter, third move). These moves are individualized to each player’s strengths.
5. Pop shooting vs. a downed ball screen



Here are some additional notes on improvement season skill development from Tom Richardson, Men’s Assistant at Vanderbilt from the Chicago PGC/Glazier Clinic.

1. Work on agility, balance, conditioning, quickness, speed, and skills.
2. You should work on skill development during the practice and games season, but in the improvement season (April-September) you should use drills that you don’t use in practice to avoid boredom.
3. Out of season workouts cannot be boring for the players! Keep them quick paced, high intensity, and high energy.
4. Conduct a shooting assessment as a “pre-test” at the beginning of the workouts, then measure periodically to determine improvement.

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