In the Read & React, the Post Player’s only requirement is that he react correctly to Dribble Penetration.

So, coaches and players have a lot of freedom in how they handle the Post game. If you love Cross Screens, put them in. If you want the Post to screen for cutters, do it. If you have a Post who can also play on the perimeter, let him pop in and out when opportunities arise.

You can have as much control over your Post Players as you want in the Read & React. It’s completely based on your comfort level and the experience of your Post Player. You may want to give a great player as much freedom as possible, but if you give that same freedom to that Post coming off the bench, you may pay for it in the end. In the same way, you may not be getting the most out of your Post, if you shackle him with restrictions.

The above video demonstrates 5 ways Emmanuel College uses their Post Player. Watch… Ponder… And, answer this: how do you use your Post Players?

2 Responses

  1. Scott,

    I am noticing that you have what appears to be a “revolving” post player. How did you go about teaching that as part of your read and react? Where they designated to a side of the floor or free to choose either post?

    I really like the concept and I have some guards who could and should post against certain match-ups so this might be just the solution for me.


    1. The way TJ (Emmanuel’s Coach) does it is that he gives perimeter players the option of posting up after they cut. That’s why it appears that his post players are “revolving”. If you have specific guards in mind, then just give those specific guards the option and continue to require that every other perimeter player vacate the lane quickly.

      Remember, you can do anything with your post players (and by post, I mean any player in the post area) as long as it doesn’t interfere with their Dribble Penetration reactions. So, be creative and tailor your adjustments to your team. Good luck and let us know how it goes.


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